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How to Treat Minor Injuries

Has your cat suffered from a minor accident? Has she hurt herself? Did she cut herself? Generally speaking, minor superficial injuries do not require emergency treatment; however, they require you to take action. First of all, make sure that this is not something more serious, requiring the attention of a veterinarian. Then clean and disinfect the lesion and observe it closely for several days to make sure it has not developed an infection or complication.

Is it insignificant?

If your cat has a cut, injury, or scratch that seems light enough, check that it really isn’t anything more serious. If a leg, neck or other joint area is injured, make sure your cat can walk, move and behave normally and without signs of pain. Otherwise, or if the lesion is bleeding or the lesion is deeper, or if you may have noticed a strange colour or discharge, it is best to take her to your veterinarian immediately.

Disinfection

Once you’ve eliminated the need for veterinarian assistance, disinfect the wound, wash it with soap and water, and apply a mild antiseptic such as iodine.

If there is too much-matted hair around the wound, you may want to trim it around the damaged area so that you can work more easily and eliminate the risk of infection. If the damage is minor and no infection or complication has developed, this is sufficient for it to heal.

Abscesses

However, it may happen that, in spite of everything, the wound becomes infected or does not heal, or over time the condition of the wound worsens, it swells up to the formation of an abscess (accumulation of pus in the wound). In this case, you should definitely take the injured cat to the veterinarian. But, if for some reason you cannot go to the vet, try doing it yourself: gently trim the fur around the inflamed area while someone else is holding the cat. Then, rinse the affected area with a solution prepared by dissolving a small amount of salt in a glass of water. Repeat this process and keep the area moist for a period of 24 hours, the abscess should burst. Finally, cleanse the area and keep observing to check that no new abscess is forming.

If a leg, neck or other joint area is injured, make sure your cat can walk, move and behave normally and without signs of pain.

Bleeding

If the injury is not very deep, but the bleeding is profuse, first clean the wound with a damp piece of cotton wool, applying pressure for a few minutes, and then use soap and water and an antiseptic.

Disinfection

If it continues to bleed, or there is significant blood loss and for some reason, you cannot get help from your vet, stop the bleeding by covering and pressing down on the wound using a gauze pad or soft pressure bandage dipped in cold water. If bleeding does not stop, secure a soft pressure bandage with a supportive bandage and apply a new soft pressure bandage over the first, wrapping the new bandage around the second.

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