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What are Bite Wounds?

Even the friendliest of cats can get into an altercation with another cat, dog or other domesticated or wild animal. Even cats that have been raised in the same household can occasionally have disagreements over food, toys or a favorite sitting spot and use fangs and claws to settle the dispute. When this happens, bite wounds can occur. It is important for pet owners to realize that, while larger injuries obviously require care, even smaller wounds that appear to be minor can create large health problems if not properly cared for. If your cat has suffered a bite wound you should seek immediate veterinary care, regardless of the severity.

Symptoms of Bite Wounds in Cats

In many cases, it will be obvious that your cat has been in an altercation. Either the owner will be present for the fight or your cat will present with an open wound. In some instances, thick fur can hide larger cuts. Bite wounds can also take the form of punctures with little to no bleeding. In these cases, the only sign of a bite wound may be infection that forms at a later date. Signs that your cat may be suffering from a bite wound include:

  • Obvious wound or injury
  • Puncture marks on skin
  • Reluctance to be touched or held
  • Raised bump or abscess at site of previous bite
  • Fever from infection caused by improperly wound care 
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy from pain or subsequent infection

Causes of Bite Wounds in Cats

A bite wound typically occurs as a result of a fight or rough play between two cats or your cat and another animal. Cats’ teeth are naturally sharp and are meant to tear easily into flesh. This can make even quick encounters between cats a potentially injurious experience. 

Many of a cat’s teeth are dagger-like in their sharpness, causing immediate penetration and then withdrawal. During these quick but penetrating bites, bacteria from the mouth can enter the tissues under your cat’s skin. In wounds that bleed freely and easily, these bacteria have a better chance of escaping. In cases which the wound seals up quickly or is more of a puncture, the bacteria will remain under the skin, causing an infection-filled sac to form. This sac will take the form of a raised bump called an abscess and is the body’s immune response to the foreign bacteria.

Diagnosis of Bite Wounds in Cats

Diagnosis of a bite wound in your cat will rely primarily on physical history provided by the owner. You should discuss with your vet whether your cat has recently been in a fight with another animal. It will be important to note the approximate time frame, and if possible, whether the other animal is up to date on its immunizations. This will allow your vet to rule out the potential spread of other infectious diseases as a result of the bite. If you did not witness the fight, you should let your veterinarian know the approximate timeframe for appearance of any wound as well as whether your cat is an indoor or outdoor cat.

Your vet will next conduct a thorough physical examination of your cat. This will allow your vet to determine the severity of the initial bite wound and to also search for any additional wounds that may be hidden within your cat’s fur. In some cases, it may be necessary to shave sections of the cat’s body  in order to provide better access for treatment and to identify any additional wounds. This is especially the case with long-haired cats.

Treatment of Bite Wounds in Cats

Treatment of bite wounds will involve several steps. First, your vet will assess the severity of the wounds. Your vet will attempt to stop any severe bleeding to initially stabilize your cat. Next, the wound will be thoroughly cleaned with an antiseptic wash, alcohol, iodine or other sterilizing substance. This will be another situation in which your vet may need to shave portions of your cat’s fur, in order to provide better access to the bite. In the case of larger wounds, your cat may need stitches in order to allow the layers of skin to heal together properly. Your cat may need to be sedated or anesthetized for this procedure, and will most likely be given oral or injected pain or numbing agents in order to minimize pain and reduce movement during the procedure.

For treatment of abscesses, your vet may choose to lance the area in order to allow bacteria and infection to escape. This will involve medicating your cat for pain and making a quick and small incision along the abscess, then draining the wound of any fluid. The wound area will then be thoroughly cleaned. In some severe cases of either abscess or serious bite wounds, your vet may place temporary drain tubes in the wound, which allows bacteria and fluid to drain as the wounds heal and provides for quicker healing.

Finally, in the case of most bite wounds, your vet will prescribe antibiotics to either prevent infection or to halt the spread of the current infection in the case of an abscess. 

Recovery of Bite Wounds in Cats

Recovery and management of bite wounds in your cat will depend on the severity of the initial wound. In non-life threatening cases, your cat should make a complete recovery with proper treatment. If your cat has had stitches or a drain tube, you will need to schedule a follow up procedure in order for these items to be removed part way through the healing process. Allowing the wound to fully heal around stitches or tubes can create additional complications to healing.

You will need to ensure your cat is kept comfortable and quiet to promote healing from a bite wound. Your cat may also need to wear a cone or other appropriate limiting device if they incessantly lick, groom or otherwise irritate the wound site.

Overall, with appropriate follow-up care and adherence to your veterinarian’s prescribed course of medications and wound care, your cat has an excellent chance of a full recovery from their bite wound injury.

Bite Wounds Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Milo
N/a
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

I let my cat out for the first time tonight in about a month since we’ve moved into a new house. I stayed up all night worried if he’d find his way back, he did-but he injured his back right leg in the process. i see a small cut and it looks like my cat intended to lick the wound clean, but he’s limping and can’t seem to lay on that ride side at all. Though he does make attempts to walk on it and does take very few steps with that back right leg, I can see he’s still in pain and won’t even let me hover over the leg-whether I’m near the wound or not it seems to be off limits. How can I help?

P.S. sorry I’m not sure what breed he is! just a regular black/grey striped cat. the ones on the cover of most meow mix bags with green eyes!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Milo is limping and seems painful on that leg, it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine him and see what might be going on.. So many things can happen to cats outside, without seeing him it is difficult for me to say, but they'll be able to figure out what he needs.

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Bullet
tabby
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Donut like would with puss-e center

My cat has a wound that looks like a donut. Round outside with a puss-e center and it stinks like rotting something. I put a cone on home so he doesn't lick it. I have been cleaning it daily and giving penicillin twice daily. It's only been 4-5 days since I started. I does kind seem like it's getting better. But maybe there is something else I can do as a home remedy? I'm not taking the cat to the vet. Looking to do myself. So if you can help me that would be great. Thanks in advance. Also would like to point out that he seems very normal. Hes eating. He is pushy to go outside. Hes doesn't have any visible symptoms. Until I roll him over and he has this thing on his stomach. Ok thanks again.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I can't recommend any treatment for Bullett without seeing him, since I don't have any way of knowing what is wrong with him. If you are lucky, the peniciliin dosage that you are giving (I don't know what that is) will work. If not, it might be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, as there are many factors that could influence him getting better.

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Nemo
Cat
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

A little bit of blood on the bit

We have a neutuered male cat and a spayed female cat. Our male cat has a bite mark on the cheek. It has a little blood around it. He is around our female cat. They are indoors. The cat will not allow us to touch it.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Nemo may have been bitten or scratched by your other cat, or may have had a trauma of another kind. Since I can't see him, it would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they may be able to get a better look at the wound and see more what might be going on.

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Tammy
Tabby Cat
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Puss

i noticed that right side of my cat check looked bigger then other side I thought it was because of her fighting a lot and then last few days it got bigger and was sticking out and I woke up and it had popped before I could book her into see a vet and I pressed on it ril I got all the puss out will it be okay know.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cat scratches from fighting are prone to getting infected and abscesses forming, you should ensure that the area is clean but you should still visit your Veterinarian for an examination as a course of antibiotics may still be required. Without examining Tammy myself I cannot say whether it would heal now or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lizzy
Gray Tabby
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My indoor cat is acting strange this morning...very standoffish and doesn't want to be messed with. Her ears are a little warm, she will still eat a treat, but she's just not herself. I checked litter box and she went overnight. She's just not herself at all... something is not right. I guess it's possible she ate a bug or might even have been bitten by something out in the garage

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Lizzy it is difficult to say for certain what the specific cause is due to vague symptoms, however you should think about visiting your Veterinarian if there are no improvements or symptoms get worse; infections, bites (from insects, snakes etc…), poisoning among other causes may lead to similar symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Felix
short haired
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hiding

Hello! A few days ago my cat got bit by an unknown animal on the part of his tail closest to his body. The day it happened he was very spooked and would run away from people and growl when we tried to touch him, I took him to the vet and that's when I found out he got bit, he then got treated but since the incident he is not the same, he hides a lot and seems almost scared to go outside. Is this normal? How long approximately does it take for him to be normal again? And is there anything I can do to help him feel more relaxed?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Trauma from an animal bite can go beyond physical injuries, the psychological trauma may take longer to heal; however there is no set time frame or management for this apart from encouraging him to go outside (take on a cat lead) and ensure that he is otherwise in good health (eating, drinking, defecating and urinating etc…). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shiro
seal point siamese
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not energetic
High body temperature
Swollen chin, loss of appetite

Hello, my cat got bitten by something yesterday and this morning under his chin like neck area was swollen. We took him to the vet and got some antibiotics and steroids for swelling to go down, but he won’t eat and has just been laying down. I know he’s hungry probably thirsty as well, but I’m not sure how to feed him since it doesn’t seem like he has an appetite, what should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It may take a little bit of time for the medications to start working, but if he isn't eating in 12-24 hours he may need fluids or supportive care from your veterinarian. You can also try offering him soft food, or chicken and rice, to see if he wants to eat that.

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Zola
Siamese/Unknown
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

frightened
Loss Of Interest in playing
Lethargic

Does my cat need stitches? I cannot tell how deep my cat's wound from a dog's bite is. It was deep enough to bleed, began to swell immediately, but is less than 1/2 an inch in length. How do I determine whether she needs stitches?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without knowing the depth and location of the wound I cannot say whether or not it needs stitches, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination especially if you have doubts on the severity of the wound. In the meantime ensure that the wound is clean (dilute antiseptic) and free of debris. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Autumn
domestic short hair
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sore
Stressed

My cat was bitten by a dog yesterday. The hole is in her hind quarters. It did not go through to muscle or to the bone. It’s almost like it’s just through a layer of skin. You could probably fit a dime in the hole. I have been trying to clean it with semi warm water because soapy water just ended badly. The dog did shake her pretty good for about 3 seconds. She is not limping, there was little bleeding a few hrs after it happened only because she was jumping, she’s still eating and going to the bathroom. There is no swelling but slight discoloration at the wound site. There is like a clear thin discharge that I keep seeing I. The hole. There is no odor or color. I know she is alright but she is super stressed out right now. She has body twitches everywhere and runs when I even hint I’m gonna look or wash her wound.
My question is should I take her in to the vet or just keep doing what I’m doing? I fear she’s just gonna stress out even more if I keep cleaning it twice a day. I have been giving her some lavender treats to calm her down but that only helps so much. She has also been licking it once I put neospirin or Vaseline on it so that doesn’t stay on long. Should I just keep trying to keep neosporin on it even if I dont get her situated to rinse it out?
I just need some advice on what I should do or some reassurance I’m doing the right thing. I don’t wanna have to take her in and get charged out the butt for something I can do at home.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Dog bite wounds can be very traumatic to cats, and without seeing her, I can't comment on whether she needs to be seen. If the wound appears to be healing, you may be fine continuing to keep it clean at home. If she stops eating, is limping, or the wound isn't healing or becomes infected, then she should be seen. Oftentimes, when we see injuries like this early on, we're able to take care of them at minimal cost, vs. waiting until they are a disaster and become quite costly. Just some food for thought, and you may want to have a simple examination to see what you are dealing with.

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Pebbles
Unknown
12 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Upon returning from vacation I found two puncture wounds on the side of my cat. They both are covered with scabs. They are not tender to the touch and no obvious signs of infection. They seem to be healing well but wanted to know if I should have a vet see her, or only go if the sight of the wound changes.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for puncture wounds but bites or other injuries are the most common; if the areas seem to be healing nicely I wouldn’t be too concerned for now but I would certainly keep an eye on them and ensure that there is no discharge, heat or any other concerning symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stripes
DOMESTIC
4 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

sleeps almost the whole day
not playfull
walking slowly
cat not eating as much

Medication Used

Pain medication
antibiotics

Hello my cat was bitten i took it to the vet but the cat is still lazy if i can put it that way just lying there how long before the cat is his old self again.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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WIthout knowing more about Stripes, it is hard for me to comment on when he should be feeling better, as it can depend on the severity and type of bite. If it has been more than 24 hours since he was seen and he isn't improving, it would be a good idea to have a recheck for him to make sure that he is recovering as expected. I hope that he is okay.

hi, I took my cat out into the garden to play a little this morning when suddenly another cat came across got a fight and bit him. It took 2 minutes I think because I separated them right away. But since then after few hours he was bitten my cat bruno just want to sleep and don’t want to be held like there’s something hurt him. I didn’t see any blood or even puncture because he doesn’t want to be touched. I feel so sad seeing him like suffering of something

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Little Man
Mix
8 Weeks
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Vomiting
Dehidrtion
Punture wound

My kitten was attacked by what we think was another cat he is vomiting won't eat or drink is really weak and has a high temp and has a punture wound in his chest and every time he going to throw up it opens up and starts to bleed I'm really worried about him is he going to die?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without veterinary care, Little Man may not make it, from your description. He needs medical attention by a veterinarian, right away. Trauma and sepsis are very real concerns for him. I hope that he is okay.

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Mishka
tabby
1 Year
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Painful
Sleepiness
Swelling

Cat has a very small bite on his hind leg. It Is swollen since last night. He is limping still eating and interacts with us. Is there anything we can do to make him more comfortable.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Mishka has a bite wound on the leg, you should bathe it with a dilute antiseptic regularly and keep an eye on it; however if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for pain relief and possibly antibiotics if an infection is suspected. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mango
Ragdoll
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

limp

Our indoor cat somehow got stuck to being outside all night, brought him inside everything seemed fine until noticed he was limping and now looks like 4 bite marks all around his tail, noticed he’s been licking the area, doesn’t let me look st the area but looks like puss coming out one 1 of the bites, should I take him to the vet? He seems fine, sleeping , eating, playing, but does not like to be touched in that area .

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Kirito
Unknown
3 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sleeps a lot
Sleepiness

My cat got bit on the neck by another cat, his got 2 puncture wounds and one is opened. Looks deep, don't have the money to take him to a vet. What should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Many clinics do offer a 'free first exam', and there may be a low cost clinic near you. Cat bite wounds can get very infected very quickly, and keeping the area clean at home is sometimes not enough. He may heal on his own, but these types of wounds typically need antibiotics. I hope that he is okay.

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Dunkin Donut
short hair
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Irritatation
Pinkness
swollen

I have two cats, they tend to play a lot but they get rough sometimes which can lead to minor wounds. (Never anything super serious!) My large Cat has VERY large teeth (our vet has complimented him for having the daggers haha) so he doesn’t realize when he bites, he bites!!

As a result my other cat now has a puncture on his face. One is near his whiskers which is mostly healed but now his lip is swollen, and protruding slightly. It’s been a few days and the swelling hasn’t gone down. I believe it’s from a Cat bite but other sources say it might be an ulcer. I’m pretty sure it’s just from a rough and tumble with the other cat though. I was wondering if there’s anything I can do for the swelling, it doesn’t look like it’s bothering him too much. He lets me inspect his mouth just fine and he lets me touch it. It’s at the very front of his lower lip. Should I attempt anything with it or just leave it alone to heal in its own time?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For now I would just keep a close eye on it and monitor for improvement, but if the swelling gets worse or it affects his eating you should visit your Veterinarian; without examining Dunkin Donut I cannot say whether it is from a bite, ulcer or another cause. Don’t try to give any over the counter anti inflammatories (human NSAIDs are toxic for cats), but just monitor for the time being. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rosie
Bengal/domestic mix
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog has bitten my cat in the foot the back right foot and it has two puncture marks so both of her canines went through my cat's foot it looks like it's swollen might be broken and it's weeping clear fluid I can't afford to take her to the vet I need some help with assistance what should I how should I go about this

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Rosie’s paw I cannot determine the severity or whether it is broken or not; you should ensure that the puncture wounds are bathed with a dilute antiseptic and apply a dab of Neosporin over them to try and protect against secondary infection. However, you should do everything in your power to visit a Veterinarian; charity clinics and nonprofits are able to assist to ensure that Rosie not only heals well but pain is also managed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Jolene
DOMESTIC
2 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

My cat was but by my brother's dog last night. Since then, she has been hiding under my bed and is lethargic. The wound doesnt look deep, more like a large scrape. Should I be worried that she is lethargic, or is this part of the healing process?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Jolene is probably hiding away from the dog to protect herself from further injury and is conserving her energy in case she is attacked again; I would ensure that the wound is clean by bathing with a dilute antiseptic and applying Neosporin. If it is just a small scrape, take care it doesn’t get infected but if it is deeper or a large wound, veterinary care would be required. Also, if your brother’s dog picked up Jolene or shook her you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sugar Baby
Unknown
6 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

My dog bit my cat on the ear.it is not deep but looks like it's gotten bigger from her scratching it. What's a good way to clean the affected area and how do I keep her from bothering it

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the wound is severe you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination regardless, however you should place a cone on Sugar Baby to prevent any further injury to the ear and bathe the wounds with a dilute antiseptic to keep it clean and free of debris. If there is no improvement over the weekend you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
Mix
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Wont stop bleeding

My 6 month old kitten got a deep bite on his tail that wont stop bleeding after 24 hours. I s there anything at home that I can use to stop bleeding? I have no access to vet and this is serious.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ideally access to a Veterinarian is important as there may be other issues including clotting disorders etc… which may be delaying clotting; however you should compress the wounds as best as possible in an effort to stop the bleeding but if he has been bleeding for more than 24 hours he may require fluid therapy to increase blood volume. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oreo
White with black patches
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Ear Scab
Cut

I’m not sure if my other cat scratched him or if he bit him but he has a cut on his ear it is scabbed but still fresh so we cleaned it with peroxide should we bring him to the vet just in case or should we let it heal on it’s own

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If the wound that Oreo has is not bothering him, doesn't seem to be getting red or infected, it may heal on its' own, and you may not need to have him seen by a veterinarian. If he is painful or you notice an odor or redness, then it would be a good idea to have him seen.

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Kitty
Short haired black cat
1 Year
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Wound
Hiding
Muscle Atrophy
Aggression
Licking wound

Calendar home to see a huge wound, looks like his skin was scrapped off, no hair or skin in the area...have no idea how this happened he’s an inside pet with other cats in the house for months without an issue, it’s not bleeding but it’s wide, can see nothing but muscle, best description I can give is a person scraping there knee or cutting there finger open and seeing the layer right above the bone, the wound is right in between his tail and butt, it’s a huge chunk, not bleeding but looks so painful, he is walking normally even laying on the side that it’s on, we rescued him not too long ago and just moved, not sure if he’s had his shots either and don’t have the money for about a week, worried it might get infected and kill him, I need advice on what I can do until I can get him the proper care he needs, I heard honey is good for infectious wounds and wouldn’t be harmful if he was to clean it, which he ended up cleaning it all off and then some, he’s still eating and drinking water, this could’ve happened last night since that’s when the random aggression started, he doesn’t seem to be in any pain unless picked up, he let me pet him and scratch him and once he got up he walked to make It to where I would nearly scratch the area, but didn’t see anything until a couple hours ago, it’s the weekend anyways so I cant do anything if I wanted to and don’t think they’d see him without money upfront, I’m from northeastern Oklahoma if this website is helpful with locating a reasonable veterian clinic. I appreciate any of the advice I can get, or any non-expensive products I could use until I get paid. I appreciate anything and everything. I have him locked up in a cage since he started to get onedge alittle bit I didn’t want him irritating the wound more or hurting himself by moving to fast, other cats were smelling the area and we’re trying to clean it for him, he’s in a cage with a blanket over since he was trying to hide in dark areas before I thought to do this. Thanks for taking time to read and responding.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that has happened to Kitty, it is always hard to know what causes these wounds in indoor cats, whether he tried to crawl under something sharp or otherwise. From the sounds of that wound, it probably should be seen as soon as you are able to have him seen, but in the meantime, keeping it clean with an anti-bacterial wash like HibiClenz may help to keep it from becoming infected. He may need stitches at some point when you can have him seen. There are some clinics that offer a 'free first exam', that you may be able to use to at least have him seen, and they will be able to offer options for care until you are able to do more. Most clinics also offer CareCredit as a form of financing for unexpected expenses, and you can apply online. If you can keep him separate from the other cats until he feels better, in a separate room or otherwise, that would probably be a good idea.

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Skai
Manx
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Meowing
red/purple ear with two red spots
rolling on the floor

My cat has been meowing for the past two days, she keeps walking around with her legs shortened and sometimes she’d even push up her butt. She doesn’t want to eat or be picked up. She has a purpleish red mark on her left ear along with two red dots. I am hopeful that you’re able to help me understand what is wrong with her. I am severely worried.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to see Skai or examine her, I have a hard time commenting on what might be going on with her, unfortunately. She is at the age where she is probably coming into heat, which might explain her behavior, but the mark on her ear may or may not be related. It would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian, as they can see her, look at the spot on her ear and determine what might be happening, and how to treat her, if needed.

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Lizzie
Calico mix
13 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Yowling in pain
Swollen chin
Bleeding

Hello I think my cat was bit by a mouse. Her chin is bleeding and there is an obvious wound. She's been breathing heavy and her chin has been swollen for a few days but I only noticed today that she's bleeding. The ER vet is really expensive and not really that good around here. Is it safe to wait till the vet opens tomorrow to get her looked at?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1604 Recommendations
If this problem has been building over the last few days, it would problably fine to have Lizzie seen tomorrow. If she is having breathing problems, she should be seen tonight at the emergency clinic. Without seeing her, I can't comment on whether she can wait or not, unfortunately. If you aren't sure, it would be best to at least have the emergency veterinarian examine her and make sure that she is stable until tomorrow.

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Tattoo
Small cat
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Tummy hurts
Let's dog she hates lick her
Standoffish
Bite

My Cat has a bite wound that is somewhat green, and I live in a rural area where I'm unable to take her in until Sunday. Should I take her to the ER two hours away (and that will warrant a bill I can't really afford) or should I wait it out and take her to our vet whose familiar with her ASAP?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1604 Recommendations
Depending on how long you have noticed the bite wound, and how Tattoo is doing, you may be able to wait to see your regular veterinarian tomorrow. If she is not eating, or is lethargic, or the wound has been there for many days and is getting worse, she should be seen at the ER, but if she is generally bright and happy and doing okay, you should be able to have her seen tomorrow.

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