Skandi Rogers wrote:Think of it this way, would you take that to a Dr? from here it's a tiny wound and I wouldn't do anything with it, have a look at her eye and make sure there's no scratch and otherwise ignore it. If you really feel you have to do something put a cone on her so she can't rub it. I would not put any ointment on it unless you put a cone on, she will wash it off and eat it.
Bacitracin, applied a couple times a day, because she will probably mess with it. If it has a problem with hair getting in it, trim the hair around the wound.
Cat's are pretty tough.
Looks raw and uncomfortable, but since it didn't reach the eye, I don't think there's cause to worry. You've washed it with soap and water, and the antibiotic ointment should help as well.
Do you have Usnea tincture, by any chance? My geriatric, half senile cat got into a scrap with a raccoon and we dabbed the wounds with Usnea barbata tincture (made with vodka), and they healed cleanly with no infection, including one close to his eye. We just used a cotton swab to apply it sparingly. He hated it, but it was effective.
The lack of bleeding, in the case is a bad thing, as that would have helped flush out this injury.
Contrary to what you may have heard or seen, hydrogen peroxide is NOT appropriate for wound cleansing as it damages the tissue, burns like crazy and is incredibly risky around the eyes.
Despite everything, abscesses are still highly likely, and not necessarily where the obvious wound is. Commonly it is the apparently minor, often unseen puncture wounds, that blow up into abscesses days later. The tooth of a cat basically acts like a hypodermic needle shooting bacteria deep into the tissues.
The eye is likely a claw injury, vs a bite injury, that is a good thing. Claws although dirty, are not nearly as bad as teeth.
Generally stitching MUST be done (only when first properly cleaned with in a few hours - otherwise you risk trapping bacteria within the wound) when the edges are still "fresh" other wise they will not unite and heal without "freshening the edges".
A cone might be a good idea. Take kitty's temp (anal thermometer) for the next few days to monitor for fever due to infection. Feel the body, every millimeter, several times a day to look for the lump of forming abscesses. These will require draining and antibiotics, most likely by a vet. Good luck.
Lorinne Anderson wrote:I am unfamiliar with bacitrain (sp?) and would be concerned it would be strictly for topical use and MAY not be safe around the eyes, as I would be concerned with any topical application so close to the eye. Perhaps an ointment or drop suitible for eye infections would be safer?
In Canada there is no access to over the counter antibiotics, farm or not, it is highly regulated here to prevent over use and antibiotic resistance. IF that IS an option where you live that you want to try I would Google your antibiotic and how effective it is for pasturella. Then determine what an appropriate dose, by weight, kitty would need.
Pretty impossible to hurt kitty with thermometer - ideally a flexi tip, quick read ((5-10 seconds) that has been lubricated (even spit will work - ON thermometer tip), then just "slide it in" and wait until it beeps.
The quick read, flexi tip, digital thermometers are really well worth the cost ($10-$15)and having on hand for human or beast (Yes, do clean well!!!). An elevated temp is a sure sign you have a problem. This can save a lot of "wondering" when a critter is appearing "off".
Monitoring is likely your best option, at this time.
Su Ba wrote:Heather, bacitracin ointment is fine.
Another thing that many rural folks keep in their livestock medicine box is furacin ointment. It works well for most wounds. Personally, I use it on myself for cuts and scrapes, too.
By the way, if your kitty were to have showed up at our veterinary clinic, I wouldn’t have stitched it. Small wounds like this usually heal up just fine and don’t leave a visible scar.
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