First Aid for Cats: How to Handle Cat Bites and Scratches


Cat bites and scratches are a common concern for cat owners. If you've ever been scratched by one of your furry friends, you know that the wound can be painful and cause your skin to bleed. Cat bites, especially deep ones, can also cause infection or break skin if not handled properly. If your cat has bitten or scratched you, there are several steps you should take as soon as possible to help prevent further injury and keep your pet healthy:

Clean the wound.

If you have been bitten or scratched by a cat, wash your hands first. Then use soap and warm water to clean the wound. Use a clean cloth to wipe away any dirt or debris from around it, then pat dry with another clean cloth or sterile gauze pad (if available).

If necessary, rinse out the wound with a saline solution--a sterile saltwater solution used for irrigating wounds--and pat dry again with a clean cloth or sterile gauze pad (if available). Allow air-drying for several minutes before applying ointment; do not apply ointment until after washing because this will prevent germs from entering into deeper layers of skin tissue where they could become infected later on down the road if left untreated early enough in the treatment process! If there are still visible pieces of debris stuck inside wounds after rinsing them out thoroughly with water alone (without using other cleaning agents like hydrogen peroxide), gently remove those objects using tweezers without causing further damage by pulling too hard on them; do not try picking off any scabs since doing so could cause bleeding again later once those protective coverings fall off naturally over time as part of the normal healing process."

Apply antibacterial ointment.

  • Apply antibacterial ointment to the wound.
  • Keep the area clean and dry, but don't apply pressure or ice to it (which can cause further damage).
  • Use a bandage if necessary; do not apply pressure to the wound or ice it (this can make things worse).
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your cat's bite or scratch again--and remember that humans carry bacteria too!

Cover the wound with an adhesive bandage.

  • The bandage should be snug but not too tight. If the bandage is too tight, it may cut off circulation and cause further damage to your cat's skin or tissue. Change the first aid kit's adhesive bandages every 24 hours until there are no signs of infection, such as redness or swelling around or near where you applied them. If any part of your cat's body becomes wet or soiled during this time period (such as when he goes outside), change his first aid kit's adhesive bandages more often--at least once every 12 hours--to keep his wounds healthy and clean until they heal completely on their own without causing any problems later down the line due to improper care during recovery periods after getting bitten/scratched by another animal (in this case).

If necessary use antibacterial ointment before covering wounds with gauze pads soaked in warm water mixed 1:1 ratio with hydrogen peroxide solution made up ahead of time that contains 20% H202 mixed into each cupful of water used - just enough liquid is added so it doesn't overflow when poured into container then placed inside refrigerator overnight before removing jar lid next morning; add contents back into bottle cap opening while wearing protective gloves against splashes since both solutions contain strong chemicals that could cause burns if spilled onto unprotected hands/arms while mixing together well within the allotted time frame before refrigeration begins immediately after mixing has been completed successfully!

Watch for signs of infection.

If your cat has bitten or scratched you, watch for signs of infection. Signs of infection include redness, swelling, pain, and tenderness. If you see any signs of infection, seek medical attention right away.

If the wound is serious enough to require immediate medical attention (for example if there is bleeding), call your veterinarian or go straight to an emergency room instead of waiting until Monday morning when the doctor's office opens up again!

If your cat bites or scratches another person who then develops symptoms such as fever; headache; nausea; vomiting; muscle aches; joint pains or rashes on their arms/legs within two weeks after being exposed then they should get a rabies shot immediately! Avoiding getting scratched or bitten by cats will help prevent infection too!

Cat bites and scratches can be dangerous

Cat bites and scratches are dangerous. In some cases, they can cause infection, allergic reactions, blood poisoning, and tetanus. Cat bites have also been linked to the transmission of rabies in cats. Additionally, deep puncture wounds may develop as a result of cat bites or scratches that cause bleeding inside the body cavity. And finally: feline-type bubonic plague (also known as cat-flu) has been known to spread through contact with infected cats' saliva--and it's possible for you or someone else who comes into contact with your pet after being bitten by him/her to become sick too!


Cat bites and scratches are dangerous, and it is important to know how to handle them properly. You should always clean the wound with soap and water, apply antibacterial ointment, cover it with an adhesive bandage, and watch for signs of infection. If your cat has bitten or scratched you, contact your doctor as soon as possible so they can examine the wound closely before deciding on a course of treatment.

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