How to use epsom salts to treat cat wounds

Updated July 20, 2017

Cats can be very physical and lash out easily if something bothers them. They fight other cats to protect their territory. Most of the wounds they sustain are inflicted by other cats during fights. Injuries can be serious and cause a good deal of concern. Bite wounds can be treated by a simple warm compressing with Epsom salt solution, which has magnesium sulphate, effective for removing acid through the cat's skin. This helps alleviate pain and muscle soreness, prevents infection, and heals wounds rapidly. Most cats will recognise the benefit and enjoy the experience after the first application.

Prepare the Epsom solution with a gallon of warm water directly from the faucet onto a pan. Stir in half a cup of Epsom salt.

Have all the things you need ready and do the procedure on a sink to work at a waist level while gaining control over cat.

Dampen a soft cloth or a short stack of gauze sponges with Epsom solution. Apply and hold this onto the wound. Surface debris from the wound may stick to the cloth as you pull it away. Rinse cloth thoroughly with water to keep the cloth clean.

Reapply the solution for a total of 10 minutes in between intervals of rinsing the cloth with tap water.


Always assess the wound's severity. Take the cat to a veterinarian immediately in the worst cases. Do not allow cats to drink an Epsom salt solution as it causes diarrhoea.

Things You'll Need

  • Epsom salt
  • Warm water
  • Pan
  • Cloth (or gauze sponges)
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