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At scratches can be menacing to treat. Cats aren’t the forgiving type so when your child mistakenly steps on your cat’s tail, your cat will obviously retaliate with a well-placed scratch. Not only can cat scratches be painful, but the wounds from the scratch can bleed, swell, sting, get infected and sometimes even make us sick! Although the deeper scratches need proper medical attention, some of the more minor scratches can be easily treated at home. Some wounds require more attention and care than others.
Cats can do a lot of damage with a simple swipe of their paw. Cats have sharper claws than dogs do. That’s why they can give you deeper scratches that can cause a lot of trauma in the long run. The deeper the scratch, the higher the risk of swelling, direct exposure to our blood supply, and chances of infection.
After you’ve been scratched, you have to consider a few factors to determine the depth of the trauma. These factors are the depth of the wound, the location of the wound, the cat’s medical history and other considerations, your own medical records.
How To Treat Them
You have to first wash the wound with some soap and warm water. If the wound is still bleeding, apply direct pressure on the wound by using a dry, clean gauze pad. Seek medical attention if the bleeding continues even after you’ve applied pressure.
Scratch wounds to the limbs are more at risk of being infected than wounds in other areas. Scratches to the face and other parts of the body causes scarring. A direct scratch to the inside of the eye needs immediate medical attention. That can get ugly really fast if you leave it untreated. Keep in mind that if you have other medical conditions that have weakened your immune system, then that makes you more prone to infection.
An antibiotic cream can then be applied to the wound after you’ve washed it thoroughly. Cover the wound with a sterile, dry dressing and leave it be until it heals completely. Monitor the wound closely and at the first sign of any unusual symptoms, seek medical help immediately. The wound might not always be as minor as you may think.
Infected wounds are characterized by warmth, an increase in redness, tenderness, swelling, pain, or the secretion of pus. Typical signs that show that the infection has spread to the body are fever, body aches, chills, swollen glands, and fatigue.
If you’ve been scratched by an unknown cat, it is safer to get a round of vaccine and antibody injections for rabies as a precaution.
Here Are The Six Simplified Steps For Treating Scratches:
- If it’s an unknown cat, find her! If it’s your cat, take her medical history into consideration.
- Assess how severe the scratch is according to the location, the depth, and your medical conditions.
- Clean the wound with some soap and warm water, after you’ve stopped the bleeding.
- Apply an antibiotic cream that can be bought over the counter.
- Bandage it carefully and keep it covered for at least two days.
- Monitor the wound for any signs of infection.