How To Treat A Cat Bite
How serious is a cat bite: If your cat has been out and about and found itself in a cat fight, this is no joke. Learn some vital information on how to treat fluffy in case of a fight and how to prevent future cat fights.
Hi, my name is Karen, I'm one of the Vets at Cats Protection, the UK's leading cat welfare charity and I'm going to talk to you today about some aspects of cat care. I'm going to talk to you today about how to treat a cat bite. First of all, what is a cat bite or what we are talking about here is when cats come into conflict with each other and they bite each other and cause wounds.
This is more and more common in clinical practice because cats are actually evolved to be solitary and they can come into conflict with each other through territorial disputes or mating disputes and it's more and more common these days as we keep more cats in close quarters with each other. So how do you know if your cat has been bitten? Well, you may know that your cats had a fight, you may have heard it outside, you may see wounds or cuts or scrapes. Some of the other things you might look for are things like pain or swelling.
Sometimes you might see moisture if it's been an abscess that's burst. You may see certain areas of the body on the cat which I'm going to show you with Dexter here. Many cats get bitten around the face and the front legs, usually when they are fighting with each other.
We happen to see abscesses in this area here between the eye and the ear, sometimes underneath the ear or on the cheeks around the neck as well and on the front legs also. Cats who have been bitten on the legs can be incredibly painful and they can be so lame as to not even use that limb. Other places that are quite common, we'll just turn Dexter around, are at the base of the tail around here and sometimes the back legs, and I usually think this means that they lost the fight and were trying to get away.
What you might see in these areas again is swellings and things like that but also the tail might hold limp and not be able to move around and the cat may resent the tail being moved and cry out. So the most important thing to do if you are suspicious or know that your cat has been bitten is to take your cat straight to the vet. Cat bites can be extremely serious if they are left.
They can be really, really painful as we talked about and they can also cause some nasty infections, they can cause quite large wounds, they can spread some diseases between cats from the saliva and from the bite, so it's really important that you get your cat checked out by the vet. So how can you prevent your cat from getting bitten? The most important thing to do is to make sure your cat is neutered. Neutered cats don't fight or have territorial disputes nearly so much.
They also don't come in to conflict through mating, so it can make a really big impact on how much they fight and come into conflict with each other. Another really important thing is perhaps keeping your cat in at night time. Night time is when most accidents happen, when cats come into fights with each other and also roaming at night is when many cats are hit by cars.
So cats protection would recommend you keep the cat in at night. If you want anymore information on the subject, log onto cats.org.