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Wound Treatment for Cats (Overview)


Steps for Treating a Wound


Cats are just as susceptible to everyday minor injuries as any other animal. Many cuts (lacerations), bruises (contusions), and scrapes (abrasions) are not life threatening and will heal with little treatment. Other wounds can be severe enough to require sutures and more intense emergency care.


What to Watch For


Fresh wounds will usually show some or all of the following:


  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Missing hair
  • Cut, scraped or torn skin
  • Limping
  • Tenderness or pain


If a wound is not seen when it is fresh, it can become infected. In addition to swelling and tenderness, you may observe the following:


  • Discharge (pus) from the wound
  • Abscesses (i.e., an accumulation of pus under the skin) and the resulting hole in the skin when the abscess break open and drain
  • Signs of a fever (e.g., lethargy and ears that feel hot to the touch)


Primary Cause


Wounds can come from bumping or hitting hard or sharp objects, avoiding cars, attacks from animals, and other dangers.


Immediate Care


What you can do at home is ultimately up to your cat. Sometimes the only thing you can do is wrap your cat in a towel or put him in a carrier and take him straight to your veterinarian. There are, however, a few things you can do if your cat will let you, especially if it may be a while before you can get to your veterinarian.


  1. If there is bleeding, apply direct pressure to the wound. The wound should be covered with sterile gauze or a clean cloth, and then pressure applied. It may take 5 to 10 minutes for bleeding to stop. Once it does, tape the gauze in place; removing it may remove the clot and bleeding will restart.
  2. Check for other wounds.
  3. If there is no bleeding and the cut (laceration) or scrape (abrasion) appears minor, try cleaning the wound. Use an antiseptic solution or plain water and gauze or a cloth (not cotton) to gently clean around the wound, and a syringe or similar device to flush the solution over the surface of the wound. Antiseptic solutions are made by diluting concentrated solutions bought at the store that contain either povidone iodine or chlorhexidine diacetate as the active ingredient. Do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the wounds, as these will actually damage the tissue. Povidone should be diluted to the color of weak tea; chlorhexidine should be diluted to pale blue.
  4. If the laceration is long or deep, or if it is a puncture wound, you can clean around the edges as already described, but do not flush the wound itself. Let the veterinarian do that.
  5. Once you have done all that you can, take your cat to your veterinarian.

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  • Money?!
    12/10/2012 05:51pm

    I am asking bc I don't have money to pay a vet and your asking me to pay $40 to get an answer?!?!?!?! This is Nuts!!! People shouldn't have to pay to get a question answered!

  • 06/10/2013 04:12am

    Then you should learn how to use google. Also, if you don't have money for vet care, you should not have an animal. It is a cruelty to animals violation to deny your animal vet care, whatever the reason. Do you really want to be that person?

  • 06/21/2013 02:31pm

    What in the world did we do forty years ago when vets were very few? We used home remedies to care for our animals, the same thing we did for people. A lack of money certainly didn't keep people from procreating or having pets and telling the person to learn how to use google was most arrogant as you don't even know this person. Since you seem to know most everything, you already know then that most people in this country would thousands on animal care and not send a dollar to help third world PEOPLE or people here in the USA who have been hit by disasters. Vets are like regular docs these days. It is easily forty bucks to get in the door and I have found in recent years that the newbies want to run every test known to man short giving them an ACT or SAT college entrance test. I have learned from experience that a lot of people will attempt to provide the most loving care and medical they can and forgo a visit to a vet. My, cat has two wounds this morning and I am googling for pain relief for her after my husband gently cut away the fur, extracted pus, flushed the area and applied the same ointment doctors would. I was simply looking for something to give her for pain and it is not always the easiest thing to find. With all of this said, do you have children? If so, would you give them up for adoption if you lost health insurance? How easy would it be for you to give up your beloved pet if your financial circumstances changed? You speak many words but say nothing.

  • 04/10/2014 01:13pm

    Amen, I am a pet parent and I love my cat dearly. She has had a medical issue lately and I have been treating her the best I can. Vet always want money, money, money but not everyone is made of money. I wouldn't give her up for any reason. I think that if you get a pet when you know you can't afford them, then that is sad and wrong; but if you have a pet and then fall on hard times as we all seem to do then we do what we can and hope for the best. :)

  • 12/20/2015 04:48pm

    I can relate to your dilemma! I have 15 cats, all rescues and I work to afford all the vet bills. I have learned to do many procedures myself via the Internet, but sometimes a vet visit is a necessity that's usually extremely costly. Don't let these people make u feel bad that u have a difficult time affording a doc visit, these kitties are probably cared for MUCH better then if they had no parents!! If these "wonderful" animal people cared that much, they would direct u to one of the many animal advocate non profit groups to help u afford your babies need care (look up "help with vet bills" or something similar)...or better yet, offer to help u themselves. I see selfish, uncaring, ignorant people that have plenty of money

  • 01/05/2017 04:01pm

    I wanna say.. you are a wonderful person and i hope you are loving life with your fur kids of many.. xo

  • 08/01/2016 02:48pm

    Rachel Marie di8d sound arrogant and a little condecending--i have to agree with your comments--bang on and a pleasure to read--thank you

  • 01/20/2017 07:23pm

    Marymary, very well said.....I have the same problem right now...would you help me how strong to make soap solution and how exactly you did it? thanks a lot

  • 11/07/2013 06:59pm

    Rachel, in a perfect world all pet owners would have oodles of cash to pay wealthy vets. I'm sure there are many vets who ply their trade because they love animals but it has become a license to print money. Instead of placing the blame at the feet of the pet owner, why not ask vets why they are charging outrageous fees that make their services beyond the reach of working class people. Your statement shows a disconnect from millions of people fiscal realities. Your attitude is harsh, judgmental and elitist. Maybe you're a vet yourself or married to one. There has to be a reason for you being so insensitive.

  • 12/25/2013 11:17pm

    I believe you were rather harsh to say if an individual does not have money they should not have an animal. You may mean well, but are obviously quite unaware of many individual situations. At one time I cared for 90 feral cats that were dumped off where I live resulting in more feral kittens born in my barn. Where I live this problem is handled by putting kittens in sack and dumping in French Creek. You only have to go out in boat to see them. I do not have heart to do this so despite crap from many after 20 yrs I now have only 14. The SPCA was worthless for assistance, in fact they do charge to take animals and only want totally healthy animals. I was more fortunate than many as my friend who is a DVM came out and gave my kittens shots free 2 yrs in a row and actually neutered 17 males on a Sunday on personal time. My husband who fortunately loves me has tolerated the money that has gone for food, medicine, and providing heated sheds. There are so many that have taken in strays that would otherwise be run over and provided food, shelter and love to. I feel you should at least credit the lady for at least seeking a solution to help her animal. I suppose your answer is if the lady has no money for animal just let it die and decrease the surplus population. After all she cannot afford it. There is a word for it "HYPOCRITE"

  • 05/18/2014 12:18pm

    R.M. you seem to have only money not intelligence, but what can one expect!

  • 06/15/2014 05:36pm

    Rarely have I read such an ignorant, smug and supercilious piece of snarkiness in one reply. Obviously, a gen-Y baby who thinks that there are easy solutions to all of life's problems; just pay until you get them. "If you don't have money for vet care, you should not have an animal." As if YOU are in any position to make this kind of high-handed judgment for others! "It is a cruelty to animals violation to deny your animal vet care, whatever the reason." Please cite me a specific: Is this a violation of Federal law, or State law? If State, in which State(s) does it apply? Or is it a City ordinance? What city? Please give me a simple Penal Code citation so that I can look up the "cruelty to animals" statutory requirement that is supposedly being violated. (The truth is, what you meant to say was "I think it's cruel not to have a sick animal treated," but in your lame attempt to come across as authoritative you couldn't resist the urge to stray into an area about which you apparently know nothing. A vast area, BTW). "Do you really want to be that person?" I certainly wouldn't want to be a haughty, pin-headed tongue-clucker like you.

  • 11/13/2016 05:02am

    Agree with what you're writing, but Maybe avoid dealing out that high-handed judgement yourself

  • 08/19/2014 07:30pm

    I think your comment is unfair. There are thousands of dogs and cats in shelters who are endanger of euthanasia if they are not adopted out. If someone has to be wealthy to adopt a pet, then I the chances of them being adopted are slim. It is better they are with someone who loves them, and tries to care for them, than to be on the streets, or in a shelter at risk for euthanasia...
    Some people like "ME" came out of an upper middle class lifestyle to a lower one, with dogs, and cats. But I would never give up my pets because my status isn't what it use to be. The only people who should not have pets are those who neglect and abuse them.
    What did cats and dogs do before there was a vet on every corner? Vets are making more money than MD's. My ex husband has spent over $8k in one year on our Schnauzer, and most of the treatments could have been avoided, if the Vet had chosen the property treatment from the start. Vets charge too much, and it makes it difficult for many pet owners to afford care for their pets. I never had to concern myself with vet cost, because there was always money for it, but now that I am divorced, I understand, how difficult it is to budget vet cost, especially when they are just completely outrageous. And not many vets are going to volunteer to treat a pet, no matter how sick it is, if they aren't getting paid for it.

  • 10/30/2014 12:59am

    Health care should NEVER be reserved only for the wealthy. Everyone has a right to care, human or animal.

  • 10/31/2014 06:25pm

    "Every... animal has a right to care."

    Since for every so-called "right" there is an (at least implied) responsibility, tell me who has responsibility for providing care for the uncounted millions of wild creatures? Should I be examining local squirrel populations for signs of sarcoptic mange? Or immunizing crows for tetanus and whooping cough?

    What you apparently meant to say was, "I feel that everyone ought to provide care for their pets." Just because you want something doesn't make it a "right." The Constitution spells out your rights, and that's it - even if the President of the United States chooses to ignore them.

    Get it? Got it? Good.

  • 08/07/2016 02:34pm

    GFM2014 Quite obviously you had the overwhelming urge to not only lash out at a person on this thread, who expressed her/his heartfelt feelings for the welfare of animals and the need of medical attention, but you used this forum to then attach your personal political attacks against our president. All you have accomplished is to show youself for the unfeeling and out of touch with normal humanity you and your ilk have come to be known as.

  • 08/09/2016 07:40am

    Others of my ilk... meaning, I'm sure, anyone who doesn't play the good little German and follow the leader, as do you.

    Your comment adds nothing to the discussion, so in future it might be best to simply say your prayers and go to bed before that third martini. Oh, and stop being such a self-righteous, simpering, mewling milksop.

  • 10/28/2015 02:28pm

    That comment for Rachel the idiot.

  • 11/01/2014 12:34am

    I set up an account just so i could tell you to f**k off.

  • 03/30/2015 05:09am

    Me too! I totally set up this account so that I could reply to that unbelievably insensitive, rude, unfeeling person with not a shred of compassion or care for anyone but themselves.
    I have just spent $400.00 for vet treatment out of my $867.00 pension cheque and without friends and the food bank I would not be eating this month.
    Now my cat has another issue and I cannot afford a vet this time so I have done nothing but research what the treatment might be and trying to do the best job I can to heal my cat alone
    I live alone with my cat and he is EVERYTHING to me. I would take him to the vet in a second if I had the money.
    My cat has never missed a meal and is so loved and loving. My life would be very dismal without my cat.
    Grab some compassion, look at things from more than one side. Don't be so judgmental small minded.

  • 04/12/2015 04:26pm

    You must be the Vet, Your rude and thoughtless comment about not affording a Vet is just plain hateful. Your being a thoughtless unconsiderate rude arrogant jekr like the Jerks that would not see my cat because I could not access my account on a holiday weekend. I went to three different Vets to get my cat seen and none of them would take my check. I had lost my Debit and credit cards over the weekend. My regular Vet was closed. Everyone of these Vets said I had to give my cat up for adoption before they would treat him. Finally I took him to the fourth Vet and he did the operation my cat needed and excpeted my check. However My cat had to wait too long for treatment and was so weak He DIED. Because of the All MIGHTY $$$$ FRICKING DOLLAR COMES FIRST POLICY OF THE OTHER THREE VETS. $$$$ I thought they took an oath to care for all animals. WHAT KIND OF SICK PERSON DENIES HELP TO AN ANIMAL BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID THEY MIGHT NOT GET PAID. YOU ARE THE ONE WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE AN ANIMAL.

  • 05/06/2015 03:42am

    I just read your post and I am so sorry that happened to you and your cat. It is absolutely disgusting on that part of the vets. I don't know what state you live in but in California it is against the law for a vet to deny services to a dying animal because the owner can't pay. In California vets will not tell you this, but I have an excellent vet. I have several cats and my vet lets me pay when I can and I have always paid my bill in full when I could. My vet has been doing this for the past five years for my cats. I believe that vets who are in this profession because they love animals, (and not some med school dropout) would have more compassion. Again, I am truly sorry you had to go through such a horrible and traumatic experience for you and your cat. I can only imagine how much pain those "professional" and yes money hungry, vets caused you.

  • 08/31/2015 01:12am

    I'm sure by now you're regretting expressing your opinion.. So I won't rub it in, but really, one would expect a lot more from a pet owner, I'd like to think we're all part of an elite group of people with a common link of being caring masters or servants to our special pets..
    I'm not sure any of us enjoy spending money at the doctors office, but I'm also not sure I've ever known my pet to enjoy being unwell..
    I have a purebred Devon Rex, has often needed some vet attention..whilst the cost may seem excessive or unreal, the friendship & affection my girl has lavished upon me over the last 13-14 years, has been priceless..

  • 10/28/2015 02:24pm

    People like you should stay off of the internet you ignorant idiot. You sound young and stupid.

  • 12/01/2015 03:43am

    You probably think poor people shouldn't be aloud to have children. Hey, they brought it on themselves, right?

  • 12/01/2015 08:09am

    My cat and other disabled pet owners cats told me to tell you: Meow, meow .
    (falling through the cracks of compassion in the name of exclusion while just doing our best with what little we have)

    Can we find a way to reach into our hearts for all vet clinics to make special inclusions for overlooking any fees based on a human beings income to help encourage a better quality of life for all pets?
    Why should a pet have their existence predeterimined to being put down which is most likely what would happen if a poor pet owner brought their pet in after being told that disabled people should not have pets because they cannot afford them?

    An idea like this overlooked one could lead to all vets being granted a tax write off by any government's approval if they wish for any 15 minutes of time and generic small supply samples a vet might seem to need for a basic treatment during a maybe once per year per pet clinic visit? It might bet less often than once per year, more like once in 5 years or longer in most cases. A free solution to registering these pet owners maybe if they can show their proof of low income slip a disabled pet owner could easily provide.
    Having tried calling all vets within my telephone area code, the response has been the same, that they feel sorry they can't help on that one.
    Please consider this if you understand and maybe have political influence. There are elderly and younger disabled low income neighbors that do love their pets too, under more humbling terms living alone.


  • 12/20/2015 04:52pm

    What is wrong with you....all she needs is help and u belittle her because she can't afford to take her baby to the vet...u must be a really great person

  • 01/03/2016 06:56am

    you suck! i hope all these comments have made you remove your head from you ass and choke on your money!

  • 03/05/2016 10:12pm

    I have read all the replies to your ignorant and insensitive posting. I must assume you are very young and have not been bashed about by life yet; but the time will come when you will be very embarrassed by how you talked down to people who love, and are devoted, to their cat(s, but find themselves unable to afford expensive professional care. If you have bothered to read all the replies to your posting; and are a caring, responsible individual who just made a hasty, judgmental rant, I would hope you would reply to all these nice people by posting an apology!

  • 08/01/2016 02:47pm

    in reply to your cold comment about affording to own a cat--i own a cat which is very much loved and cared for--well fed--lots of treats--lots of attention--however, when an animal gets sick, vets in general run the gammit of billing--bloodwork, xrays and the whole 9 yards--a lot of which could be avoided or done a lot cheaper--theres an old saying that seniors cant afford pets--sad dont you think--

  • 01/05/2017 03:59pm

    Rachel Marie.. with all due respect.. i do not agree with you.. we have 5 dogs and 6 cats and live in the mountains where they have over 10 acres of land to roam with us.. we feed them all good food.. we go on adventures together and we take very good care of our "fur kids".. they are our family.. yet, when it comes to injuries.. we take care of them the best we can with what we have.. we live a very simple life.. we love all 11 of our fur kids with all our hearts.. we cannot afford a big vet bill.. yet we can afford our time spent with these beautiful beings... our view on this is.. we give them all the love we can while they are here with us.. we enrich each others lives every day.. these are our children, and we do things the country farm way.. there are lots of fur kids out there who need love.. we love ours for the time we have with them.. when we decide it's time for them to be layed to rest because of an life threatening situation.. that is our decision.. I don't think you should give anyone such negative words about their fur baby.. we can't afford vet bills.. we need more help for those who need the assistance to help those who would love to take their loving fur kid to get the help they need.. instead of telling anyone that they should not have fur kids.. you should be doing something to help those in need of paying a vet bill.. to make it possible for low income to save their fur kid.. instead.. some fur kids pass away for they have no help.. it's about Vets having heart.. not about the money.. that is how i feel .. we chose this way of life for us and our fur kids.. and we free to do so . and without judgement.. it's with love that we live our lives with them all.. and it's with love when it's time to say good bye.. people should open their hearts more to understand this.. also, i have been an animal advocate for more years than i can remember.. and believe me.. there are a lot of people who live the same as i do.. and they all love their fur kids as their children .. if you think it's easy to lay a fur kid to rest when they are no longer treatable with natural products.. think again.. and my natural products are so much better than the drugs vets prescribe .. what are the long term effects of those perscribed and expensive medications.. i know we all have our own views on this, yet, this is a way of life for us.. we are all about love.. we dedicate our lives to our fur kids.. whom half of them were rescues.. we just wanna give them a life of happiness till the end.. that is what they get .. and so do we .. thank you for listening.. all of my words are said in peace with love attached.. we all have our own ways .. thank you

  • 12/01/2015 08:40am

    Could a similar option be to organize a 2nd form of free or at cost of supplies only vet clinic system be created nationally?
    It would not be able to compete with the full care services that known vet's office clinics are able to provide.
    But it would be a solution without dragging the heels of time maybe.

    Community Centers could allow for such retrofit additions built onto them if not enough space already.

    Retired and student vet's could find this to be useful for them wanting to give back to the community, while learning and offering them a social outlet that helps to also create good karma while leading by their caring example.

    I dunno, just trying to think of ideas that would have some meaningful effect.
    Anyone else interested in this concept?

    All the best

  • 08/21/2016 01:00pm

    A vet is a professional college educated person usually with a load of student debt or lots of overhead to pay for. There are very few options for people who have pets that can't afford medical for themselves let alone for an pet.
    Some areas actually have pet insurance policies and free neutering and spaying for low income areas. I was able to take advantage of this for the first time in my life, and believe me it is a big relief to know the cats that I have adopted no longer can add to the feral cat problem.
    I am on disability, suffering from multiple things including heart attack and a brain tumor. I get social security based on my earnings and paying into the system for over 45 years.
    I happen to agree with the vet, that along with owning any animal comes responsibility of having the means to meet the needs of your pet. Rarely does an animal get injured if he is properly secured and not running at large or his habitat is made safe and secure.
    People tend to have an entitlement mentality these days......well sweetheart that world is along way off where all your needs are met free of charge.
    My dad taught me a very important lesson......sometimes life seems unfair............he didn't say life IS unfair.....because for the most part it is, everyday no matter how wretched your life, you have a choice to plan for things like emergencies......a five dollar bill here and a few quarters on a jar fed every time you get any amount of money will give you security that you didn't have before.
    Everyone who has someone else depending on them, a child or a pet needs an emergency fund that you don't use on anything but TRUE emergencies.....
    40 dollars for life saving advice is cheap .........taking an injured pet into a vet especially in off hours can really be a lot more than that.
    People need to evaluate their own ability to care for animals and make the right choice that is best for the animal and not themselves......that's love, not the emotions and panic you feel when you failed to respond to their needs.
    a little courage and some emergency supplies can go a long way, but if you are not properly taking precautions to keep the animal from harm like keeping them inside your home as the law requires, with all their shots, and their toilet needs. Don't take one in to your home. Don't be so arrogant as to believe no one else will want to adopt them, social media is a good place to start and if you are reading this you have internet access.......always ask for a small homing fee to avoid the freaks that use feral animals for blood sports(yes they do exist, it is a sick world).
    To Rachel Marie, you spoke the truth.......and with that you often get beat up online....don't ever stop. Some people can't handle it without sugar coating it.

  • it IS insane to pay for
    06/14/2013 07:12pm

    now.. for you HOLIER than thous who have LOTS of cash to spend on vets.. go for it.. there are SOME of us who love animals and actually DO WITHOUT things WE need to help the less fortunate animals.. ferals and strays.. having said this... YOU have no right to say WHO is in the right when it comes to caring for animals.. how would u feel if i said YOU DONT DESERVE to have children because you have no money.. or in this case... NO HEART.. i suggest u think on that one.So YES its stupid to pay 40 bucks to read an answer that isnt going to even help those like me and MANY others in the first place. If vets would come down some on prices and if ANTIBIOTIC were more available without a script for pets... this converstation would never take place.

  • oh oh wait.. about google
    06/14/2013 07:15pm

    you really THINK google has ALL the answers? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Thats hilarlious... I cant even find a simple product thru them for fish medication in my local area... so no.. google is not god. MAN i tell you what.. people like you Rachel need a good lecture on LOVE and CARING instead of living in the 'rolling in the dough' world.

  • 08/21/2016 01:10pm

    looks like to me you found several answers to the situation with google.......you might want to ask yourself where you come up with this philosophy that everything should be free.......is not the worker worthy of his wages? And another thing, most animal shots and antibiotics are available to the public, the few that are not are ones that the public can abuse like animal tranquilizers used for date rapes.....I am sure you want some boy down the street spiking your daughters soda.....DemoRat? probably.

  • no $ but love animals =)
    06/14/2013 07:25pm

    American Animal Hospital Association
    " Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship."

    Angels 4 Animals
    "Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment
    to those pets and pet owners in need."

    Care Credit
    A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care.
    "With a comprehensive range of plan options, for
    treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan
    and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every

    God's Creatures Ministry
    "This fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help."

    "Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the
    working poor."

    "We are dedicated to insure that no
    companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker
    is financially challenged."

    The Pet Fund
    "The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that
    provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need
    urgent veterinary care."

    United Animal Nations
    "The m ission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescued
    animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require
    specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve
    Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured
    animals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens
    and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care."
    They also keep a list of local and national help resources here

    Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)
    "Seniors, People with disabilities, People who
    have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten - any of these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion."

  • 11/07/2013 07:01pm

    This is helpful information.

  • 06/15/2014 05:41pm

    Please explain how Care Credit, a subsidiary of GE Retail Credit, belongs in this list?

    They are an opportunistic lending company that is making an absolute fortune off of Obamacare, putting a smiling face on short-term loans with usurious interest rates - as if medical procedures were no different than buying a big-screen TV. If you have no $$ but love animals, this would be the LAST place you'd ever want to visit.

    I guess just doing a quick Google search isn't the answer to every question.

  • 08/22/2013 03:35am

    Our community cat has--what looks like--a one inch gash. The flesh is exposed, the fur pushed to the side but there is no blood and he strolls the neighborhood like nothing has happened to him. What advice can you give us?

  • 12/25/2013 11:30pm

    If someone can get a live catch cage to catch town cat, perhaps they can get him tame enough to get some cephalexin down him. Try to find someone to get you a bottle of powdered Cephalexin Oral Suspension USP in 250/5ml. When you put water in bottle it will be 200 ml mixed. You may be able to find this online w/out prescription. This med is used often for human pediatric patients and cats can take it. After mixing powder with water give approx. half a small dropper full twice a day in it should help cat battle infection until a vet can look a cat to determine if he need other medical help.

  • 08/19/2014 02:06pm

    If you know of an online vendor that DOES sell that suspension without a prescription, please share.
    That would be a god-send.
    I have only been able to find it requires an Rx.

  • 04/22/2015 01:29am

    Try www.fishmoxfishflex.com

  • Pet meds
    06/30/2014 05:48am

    We have been able to get most pet meds at Big R. They have a variety and can answer questions. You can also buy and old time remedy book. It will tell you to use things like Epsom salts, hydrogen peroxide, Iodine, turpentine and lard, liquid baby Tylenol or ibuprofen. We took one cat to the vet. The bill ended up being around $500.00. The main reason was all the test they "had" to run before they could render treatment. The treatment was a bolus of salt water under the hide cause he was dehydrated. There was no good reason to run all those tests first. Most vets are way over priced and want to do more that is necessary. We have doctored two others ourselves. One pulled through twice from horrible foot wounds. The current one has an abscessed wound on her leg. This one is going to be more difficult. Fortunately the antibiotic at Big R was less than $10.00 and the the syringes 25 cents each. I hope she pulls through it. The baby Tylenol is helping her rest. We cannot afford $500.00 or more ever again.

  • 08/19/2014 01:53pm

    Epsom salt solution was terrific in curing my cat's leg abscess - he didn't love it, but I managed to use a tall plastic cup with the warmed solution and force him to stand in it while I kind of hugged him in place. I could only do it for a minute or so (vet said ten minutes- I just laughed). Did that for a week or so and comibined with antibiotic pills, he made a full recovery.

    One huge caution TNewman - about Tylenol -
    my understanding is that is a SERIOUS poison for a feline, and is often used to taint food placed to kill problem ferals by cruel people.
    Perhaps you using a baby version of Tylenol was a low enough dose that it didn't cause kidney failure... but I would cease doing that until you determine for sure it's not doing more harm than good.
    There are not that many over-the-counter pain relief options for felines - if anyone knows a trick, please share! Aspirin, in small doses for short periods, is kind of OK, but can be harsh on their hearts and kidneys... and thins the blood for easier bleeding... and doesn't kill the pain for cats all that well, as far as I know.

    Another tip I have for folks needing a way to save money and still get prescription strength antibiotics -
    almost all of the online pet supply and drug vendors sell *FISH* antibiotics. Everything from Cephlexin to Doxycycline. Sometimes in pill form, sometimes as loose powder. I checked and double checked, even calling the manufacturers- and they have no other ingredients harmful to cats - they are exactly the same pills, with the same type capsules, as other pet pills.
    It's just a nifty way to avoid having an Rx from a vet. And is hell of a lot cheaper, per unit, usually.

    If loose powder, you can make your own pills by buying from a real pharmacy "gel caps" in the smallest size - then fill it yourself. It's time consuming and messy, but worth it. You only have to do it once, hopefully. I have grouchy scaredy cats that are savvy about spitting out pills, especially ones that taste bitter (like all antibiotics do) - so I wipe them off real well with dry cloth, then smear a little dab of either hairball gel (yummy cat flavors) or a good pasty pate canned cat food. Prying their heads completely up (nostrils pointing to the ceiling) has them naturally relaxing their lower jaw - and you can get your pinky to pry it open more to swipe the pill in one of their cheek pockets or as far back on the tongue as possible.

    I know the article nay-says hydrogen peroxide, but I had excellent results using that for one cat's abscess, and as I mentioned - good results to from Epsom salt.

    My one cat's wound even began to smell, and I was almost ready to plunk down the money to let the vet take over, but a couple more days of letting the antibiotics work and continual flushing of the wound - and it beat down that infection. Now there's a tiny little scab and all is well.

  • 01/03/2016 06:29am

    perfect information. Thankyou. Thats all i needed to know and you've probably saved me hundreds of dollars and having to traumatizse this poor stray cat im helping. Maybe you should start a website and ask for $40 to give an answer!

  • Integrity
    07/30/2014 03:16am

    My comment is not to side with any of the previous comments, but just to give a different perspective. I work at an animal hospital and see lots of things. I know a good many vets and most of them are caring, people that are doing an honest job trying to help the pets, and people that come looking for their help. I, personally am not rich, and God forbid a major expense came along, I'd have to really figure out how to take care of it. So many people assume that Vets are money hungry, shysters that are just trying to screw people for no good reason. A good vet will do a holistic exam, and depending on the case, recommend other diagnostics. Many people think that a vet is a guy with a crystal ball and will automatically know what's wrong just by looking at the presenting problem. Truthfully, a vet is not doing his job if he's not giving you the big picture. No person should be coerced into doing something that they are not comfortable with, or cannot afford. Sharing with the vet your concerns is an important part of making an acceptable plan of treatment. Some things are cheaper, but may take longer. Some things are just a band-aid on a larger problem. But as long as a person is aware of what may or may not happen, you can make a more informed decision and decide what's best for your situation. The vets are not, in most cases, the problem. They are there to help, by applying their very specialized know-how to a problem that can easily be misdiagnosed. Lots of human medications may seem to help, but will cause other problems further down the road. Aspirin, and NSAIDs can cause liver damage or toxicity. So, be very careful about the info that you get from the internet. Yes, I use this website to get small doses of information when necessary. For instance, triage. But a good vet, is worth their sometimes, high price.

  • 08/19/2014 08:06pm

    I would think that most vets love animals and want to help, I have seen the empathy many times during our visits. I was taking my dogs to a poor dogs clinic where I live, meaning they are much cheaper, but you get the bear bones, no fancy office, pretty dirty actually, and the visits are short.
    However, my ex husband's vet who treats our Old Schnauzer has a very nice office, and the vets cost for treatment are much, much higher than the poor dogs clinic....the vet also drives a nice sports car..
    However, I was disappointed after his surgery that the vet did not give him extended antibiotics. He had, had this problem for a while, so the vet should have known he need an extended regime. Two weeks after the surgery, and a few days after finishing the antibiotics, the infection came back full force, and he was near death. The cost were around a thousand dollars, having him re-treated. I'm not a vet, never worked for a vet, but as a former nurse, I think it would make sense to prevent an occurrence, for the sake of the dog who had to suffer through it, and the enormous cost... Vets are not always right, they are learning as they go, just as an MD would be, because not all patients are the same, nor do they all respond the same.
    This is why we must not always assume the vet treatment is the best, we need to understand it first, and alternative treatments.
    I thank God for vets, but the more sophisticated we have become, the more problems our pets have. Vaccines....are not good for our pets. Some treatments help now, but cause serious problems later. I have already lost my dear friend Macy to Cancer. She was up-to-date on every vaccine the vet suggested. From what I know about Cancer, I believe the vaccines were responsible.
    My dogs are my family, my children, and I take their health seriously. But there are times when we cannot treat them ourselves. So it is nice to know there is a vet around the corner you can trust.

  • !@$#!$@
    01/03/2016 06:17am

    Are you kidding me?! This is why I dislike Vets! This is the second website i've gone to for information and again YOU want money! This is disgusting. It's just like when you call the Vet to ask for help and they will keep their knowledge to themselves unless you take you pet in and pay their ridiculous fees. REAL lovers of their pets (unlike Vets who lose any empathy or passion for animals) will do everything in their power to help their animal, infortunately we dont all have hundreds of dollars bulging from our pockets. Vets and Dentists are absolute soul suckers! If someone brings their animal to a vet, their animal needs major work done and they want thousands of dollars to perform and you cant pay, what does your vet say!?? Thats right! They say 'well, you can either take him/her home and let them die at home or for less money we will put them down for you'!!!!!!!!!!!! Vets are not only money suckers but they are MURDERERS! They WONT save an amimal unless you GIVE them MONEY. Disgusting. Pets are part of a family. Vets KILL our family members unless you add to their wallet. They take lavish vacations, own planes and like their fancy cars.
    There are random Vets out there who dont rob you blind but they are so few. And obviously this Vet is not one of them. You want money to give advice....unreal. Probably not even a vet, just someone sitting there finding the answers online or in a textbook. But, luckily there is the internet, because there is definately some real honest loving vet ready to help because they actually care.
    You are the worst kind of scamming vet. I really hope that no one gives you a penny and your place of practice gets boycotted or shut down.
    Rich ass vermin. And YES you do derserve to be made out to sound like a criminal and YES i did have to sign up just to put this out there. I'm needing real help for the poor stray cat that we've been looking out for the last year. He's started to come into our home now and hes had a run in with something and has very bad punctures. I will get the help of a vet who actually cares and will work with me to help this little guy. The amount of money i've paid out to vets will not happen again!

  • please help
    11/14/2016 12:04am

    my feline baby came home the last night with 2 bites on her. one on her right side & one on her left. i do live out in the country, where coyotes arent unheard of. im not entirely sure what bit her, but im almost positive it was that. regrettably, i do not have the funds right now to be able to take her to a vet. she can get up and walk & i've cleaned and bandaged her wounds as best as i could. she hasnt eaten anything, & really just seems like she wants to sleep (which is NOT her norm). shes thrown up once. i'm very distressed & really have no clue what do considering this is the first time i've ever parented a cat. someone please help, me and my bit would very appreciate it

  • personal opinions
    11/20/2016 04:27am

    Sorry i do not mean to offend anybody, but just want to leave some personal opinions. I have two cats, by chance one cat has a cut today on one of his paws. So i am googling to try help before i go to vet, especially today is Saturday. There is a lot of care and love by having extra members in your home, choosing cats food and observing them as well etc.
    I am asking if anybody can get an idea how to help those cats in Australia cuz AUS govt is trying to kill 2 millions by 2020. Also, i dont know where? Some websites have places that they abuse cats with monkeys, and some they trap and eat them. Wonder is there is a world organization that can help? Thanks for reading.

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