Scratches on a Cat’s Nose It’s not unusual for an indoor-outdoor cat to come home with cuts and scrapes, but cats are susceptible to such injuries inside the home. Regardless of where it occurred, thoroughly clean a scratch on a cat’s nose to prevent infection. If a scratch is deep and won’t stop bleeding, or if it shows signs of infection, see a veterinarian right away. As long as a scratch on the nose is minor, prompt, proper cleaning should prohibit complications.
If you discover that things have gotten out of hand, make sure that you find all of the wounds. Your cat’s fur can sometimes hide serious scrapes, so ruffle through it (this may require some assistance) to be sure that you don’t miss anything. If there are just minor scratches, clean them up with soap and water just as you would your own. Don’t try to keep the cat from licking the scrape, either. Keep an eye on it, but the abrasion should heal up fine on its own.
Treat Scratches on a Cat’s Nose:
1. Dilute povidone-iodine with water in a small bowl until the solution is the color of weak tea.
2. Dip gauze into the diluted povidone-iodine. Gently clean around the edges of the scratch with the solution.
3. Use an irrigation syringe to flush the surface of the scratch with the solution to remove grit and other matter. If you can’t remove all the debris, take the cat to your veterinarian. Otherwise, pat the wound dry with a clean piece of gauze.
4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 twice a day until the scratch noticeably improves.
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- Anything that bleeds noticeably needs more attention than a simple scratch. First, stop the bleeding with direct pressure, using a cotton ball or gauze. Trim the hair around the wound, and wash thoroughly with soap and water. Most abrasions heal better in the open air, and your cat would just pull off a bandage anyway. Keep the wound area clean and watch it closely. If the wound won’t stop bleeding with pressure, or there’s a lot of blood, get your cat to the vet immediately.
- Bite wounds can get infected easily, especially if they’re caused by another cat. A cat’s small teeth can create puncture wounds that may not look like much but can be very dangerous. The wound can heal over on the surface, trapping dirt and bacteria deep inside the tissue. This can lead to an abscess — a painful, swollen pocket of infection. If your cat gets into a fight with another animal, check closely on the base of his or her tail, back, face and legs — these are the most common sites for bite wounds. If the site of a wound swells, leaks pus or becomes hot or sensitive, your cat needs to be seen by a vet as soon as possible. He or she will need to have the abscess lanced, drained, and disinfected. He or she will also need antibiotics to clear up the infection. Bite wounds can transmit diseases like the feline leukemia virus, so keeping up with your cat’s vaccinations is also important.