There are plenty of reasons why cats bite. It could be stress, excitement or something else. And that topic is best tackled on another article. Now, let’s say for whatever reason it is, your cat bites you and see that their sharp teeth did good damage, these are the immediate steps you should take to treat cat bites.
Whether it’s bleeding or not, you have to immediately wash your wound under running water. It’s recommended to use mild soap to wash it instead of strong disinfectant or other chemicals. The latter will risk harming the damaged tissue and delay the healing.
Another tip for cleaning the wound is to use a mild salt solution. Use 1 teaspoon of table salt in 500 ml or 2 cups of water.
Apply pressure especially with open wounds. You can help control bleeding by applying direct pressure on the area while using bandage, absorbent dressing or a clean piece of cloth in case of emergencies.
Another essential and immediate step to treat cat bites is to keep your injury from getting exposed. In order for dirt, bacteria and other harmful elements that can infect the wound, make sure to wrap it with bandage. Again, for emergencies when bandages are unavailable, use a piece of clean cloth to cover the area. Bandaging it will also make sure there’s constant pressure to keep it from bleeding.
These are the three immediate steps to take to treat cat bites. The next step you should do is to assess your situation if you need additional medical attention. It’s very important not to risk your health and should call your doctor in situations like:
- The bleeding doesn’t stop after 10 minutes of pressure.
- You got bit by a stray or wild cat.
- You got bit by a pet with vaccination status you’re not sure of.
- You have a condition that weakens your immune system such as but not limited to diabetes, cancer or AIDS.
- Your bite becomes infected. Symptoms of infection include swelling, redness and warmth on the affected area, and you may have a fever too.
Mistakes happen in life like getting bit by your fur baby or some other calico. But we can always correct it, more importantly so, right after the mistake happens. And to treat cat bites, please do these immediate steps and don’t hesitate to ask for help from your doctor, family or friends. Stay safe and healthy, hooman!