Home Care for Cats: Dealing with Common Afflictions


After waiting for two hours, if your cat has not vomited, offer small amounts of water (a few tablespoons at a time). Continue to offer small amounts of water ever 20 minutes or so until your pet is hydrated. Some cats won’t drink water. You can offer fresh water, water in a different bowl, top off the water bowl with fresh water, or adding ice cubes to the water can encourage some cats to drink. Sometimes offering tuna juice can stimulate cats to drink. If there has been no vomiting after the small increments of water are offered, then you may gradually offer a bland diet.


When It’s More Than a Scratch

Laceration can be caused by a variety of traumatic events. The most common causes of lacerations in cats include getting cut on glass or sharp objects in the yard (especially rough wires around fencing), bite wounds, and injuries that break the skin as a result of being hit by a car. Some cats come in bleeding with a laceration and their owners never know what happened. The traumas that most commonly lead to lacerations are usually associated with contamination from debris, dirt, and bacteria.

Specific treatment of a laceration depends on the degree and depth of injury, in addition to associated or secondary injuries. The best thing to do is to take your cat to your veterinarian to help you determine the extent of the injury, but if you cannot take your cat to your veterinarian, you can start by carefully evaluating your cat’s wound. He could be in pain so take special care not to be bitten when examining the wound.

If your cat’s wound is bleeding, take a clean towel and gently apply pressure. Again, be careful. If the wound is superficial, if possible, try to clip the fur around the wound. Take care not to get hair in the wound. You can place sterile KY Jelly in the wound to protect it while clipping the hair. This allows the hair to stick to the KY Jelly instead of the wound.

Examine the extent of the injury. If the wound is deep, if it seems to go deeper than the full thickness of the skin, and it is bleeding profusely, or if the wound is longer than about 1 inch, it really is best for you to see your veterinarian. The wound should be examined and most likely sutured.

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