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Treating Cat Bites

How to Treat Cat Bites


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Friday, 19 de February 2010
Author: Vivapets

Treating Cat Bites
Cat Bites
Cat bites are common whether it be cats biting each other or a cat attacking a human. Either way you must know how to look after a cat inflicted wound. It is very easy to get a cat bite infection as up to 40% of bites turn nasty. This article will give you some advice on how to look after and treat cat bites. 

Treating Cat Bites on Cats

There is a high possibility when you own an outdoor cat that it will get into a fight with another cat. If your cat stumbles back to the house with wounds from cat bites then you will need to know how to treat them and try to prevent them from becoming infected. Cats have lots of bacteria in their mouths which results in a high probability of infection. You will need to work quickly and cleanly in order to get the best results. 
1. Wash your hands so that they are as clean as possible before you start to touch your cat. 
2. Clip the hair around the wound so that you can get a better look at it as it will make treatment much easier. 
3. Wash the bitten area with antibacterial soap and water. Get any dirt and debris away from the open wound. 
4. Make a solution made up of one capful of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution and five capfuls of water. You should then pour this over the wound to disinfect it. 
5. Dry off the wound with a paper towel. 
6. Apply antibiotic cream to the wound and wrap it up with a clean bandage. You will need to change the bandage every six to eight hours and apply a new layer of antibiotic cream. 

How to Treat Cat Bites on a Human

A lot of cat bites become infected and need medical attention. If you get bitten by a cat then you need to clean the bite immediately with disinfectant and watch it closely so that it doesn’t become infected. If you are not sure if the bite is infected then it is always better to visit a doctor just to be on the safe side. 
1. Clean the wound straight away with disinfectant. 
2. If the wound is bleeding make sure that you put lots of pressure on it to stop the blood flow. 
3. To decrease bleeding you should also hole the wound above your heart if you can. 
4. Get hold of a clean bandage and wrap it over the wound. 
5. Look at the cat bite, see if it is infected in any way; is it red or swollen? If you think the wound might be infected then make sure that you go to a doctor quickly so that it can be treated. 
6. If you have not had a tetanus shot in the last 5 years then you must have one immediately. 
7. Think about the cat that bit you and determine the rabies vaccine status. If you do not know the vaccine status of the cat then you should have a rabies vaccination. 
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