If you find an injured cat or if your own pet is injured in a fight, there are a few things to keep an eye on.
When cats fight, the claws come out and so do the teeth. The primary injury a cat can get from being in a fight is a bite or scratch wound. And these can be extremely susceptible to abscessing. If you note any changes in your injured cat such as oozing at the wound or red, inflamed surrounding tissue, contact us right away. If there is an infection an antibiotic will be necessary.
Other cat-related fight injuries to watch out for include signs around the ears, eyes and nose. If there are small wounds, make sure they are cleaned frequently to prevent infection or abscess. Your cat may also get an injury in a limb, making her limp or lame. If there isn’t a noticeable reason for the weakness, it’s always good to bring your injured cat in for a complete exam. In cases of lameness, blood work and x-rays may be necessary.
One of the best things you can do for your cat is to keep it indoors. In addition to cat fights, there are many other potential dangers lurking outside for your cat. Everything from getting hit by cars or becoming prey to desert wildlife to feline immunodeficiency virus or feline leukemia virus after coming into contact with other cats.
While you might be tempted to let your little kitty outside to roam, you can create just as interesting of space in an enclosed and safe area.
If you’d like to learn more about creating the best environment for your cat contact our team. Our caring team will help you keep your outdoor kitty healthy and provide tips for creating the best indoor play space for your feline friend.