Several common injuries befall cats fairly regularly. If you have a cat, you may have encountered any number of these.
To help you know what to do right away if your cat is hurt at home, we’ve created a list of the most common cat injuries and what to do to treat them.
Most Common Cat Wounds and Other Injuries
1. Exposure to Poisons
Cats love to explore. Unfortunately, sometimes, they explore a bit too much and get their taste buds into trouble by eating something they shouldn’t have.
If you believe your cat has ingested something that could be poisonous, such as a human medication, toxic plant, or household cleaner, for example, it’s important to take immediate action. Gather as much information as you can about what your cat ate, and call or visit your vet right away. Watch for symptoms such as weakness, lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, excessive activity, tremors and seizures, and drooling.
2. Bite Wounds
Bite wounds can happen from any type of animal. Other cats, dogs, snakes, and insects are the biggest culprits. Keeping your cat indoors will help prevent cat wounds like these, but when the damage has already been done, it’s crucial to take your cat into the vet immediately.
Bites can cause serious blood loss as well as put your cat at risk for diseases. Your vet will clean and dress any wounds and may suture them. They will also check your pet for signs of rabies and other diseases.
“With cat bites we worry about abscesses under the bite. Cat bites usually result in small puncture wounds that may not be obvious to the pet parent until the abscess forms. Some viral infections like FeLV or FIV can sometimes be transmitted via bites as well.” – Dr Lucas White, DVM
3. Eye Trauma
The exploratory and curious nature of cats can also get them into trouble with their eyes. Cats who like to jump around and wiggle into tight spaces may end up with an eye injury caused by a jagged furniture edge, branches and thorns, or other objects. When this happens, it is again important to take your cat into the vet. They will be able to flush your cat’s eye, closely examine the wound, and provide treatment for fast, clean healing.
Visit Sunset Vet for Any Injuries to Your Cat
As you can see, any serious injury to your cat demands that you immediately contact your veterinarian. At Sunset Veterinary Clinic, we are always available to help if you have a cat injury emergency. Our vets will either be able to see your cat right away for immediate treatment and/or instruct you in proper cat wound care.