Home Remedies For Cats With Minor Wounds
Home remedies for cats work well in the treatment of minor wounds. If your cat is seriously injured it is best to consult a vet. Cats sometimes get minor cuts, abrasions and scrapes, especially those that live outside a lot. Most of these injuries heal fairly quickly on their own. However, the immediate pain, discomfort and swelling can be unpleasant for your cat and there may also be risk of infection. It is therefore important to care for these wounds appropriately.
Cat wounds are often treated with antibiotics, taken internally or applied as a cream to the skin, or topical corticosteroid creams. While these can be effective in the short term, they may also compromise your cat’s health by affecting the immune system. Topical creams are also often licked off and can contain substances that may not be good for your cat to ingest. With home remedies for cats with wounds you can treat your cat effectively without the side effects.
Assess the wound. If there is no bleeding and only minor visible damage leave the wound alone. Cats can treat minor wounds themselves.
Otherwise clean superficial lacerations, scratches or cuts with sterile saline and clip away any matted fur. Dissolve two teaspoons of Epsom salts in warm water and soak some gauze pads in the solution. If the wound bleeds stop the bleeding first with direct pressure, using a cotton ball or gauze. Cold compresses can also be used to control bleeding and reduce swelling. Place crushed ice in a small plastic bag and wrap it in a small towel. Place the compress gently on the wound and hold in place for five minutes.
Aloe vera and honey are natural disinfectants. Use the juice of an aloe vera leaf to disinfect the wound or apply some honey with a cotton swab. Both are non-toxic if your cat licks the wound.
Minor wounds can be treated with herbs know for their ability to reduce pain, lessen swelling and help the healing process. Some excellent pain relief herbs such as plantain and comfrey just grow by the wayside. Cover the wound with clean, fresh green plaintain or comfrey leaves and secure with a bandage moistened with cold water. Change daily.
You can also buy natural remedies for pain relief. Dietary supplements containing zinc will support the wound healing process. You can get them in pet supply stores.
The above home remedies for cats with wounds will bring quick relief and heal your cat’s injuries.
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