Small cat injuries can be treated at home with a few basic first aid products such as soap, peroxide and Neosporin, an antibiotic cream. These products will help prevent infection and will hasten the wound-healing process. Only treat superficial wounds, such as scratches and small cuts with Neosporin. If your cat has a deep puncture wound, you should take it to your veterinarian for treatment. Neosporin can also be substituted with any other type of first aid antibiotic cream, including store or competitor brands.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Wash cloth
- Cotton balls
Clean around the injury using a wash cloth, soap and water to remove any dirt or debris. Use a soft cloth, mild soap and a gentle touch so that you don't irritate the wound.
Place a generous amount of peroxide on a cotton ball and place it against the injured area. Hold the cotton ball on the wound for a minute or two so that the peroxide penetrates the broken skin. The peroxide will kill most of the bacteria on the skin, prepping it for the Neosporin application.
Place the tip of the Neosporin tube up to the injury and squeeze out a small portion to cover the area. Don't use too much Neosporin or the cat may attempt to lick it off its body.
Spread the Neosporin with a Q-tip to fully cover the area. Using a Q-tip prevents germs on your hands from infecting the wound.
For 30 minutes after the Neosporin application, monitor your cat to prevent him from licking the antibiotic cream. This will allow the Neosporin time to fully absorb into the wound.
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