cat bites

First Aid for Cat Bites

Cat bites are very serious as the bacteria in a cats mouth can lead to serious infections. Use common sense to prevent being bitten by a cat, and treat it quickly and swiftly with natural home remedies.

Symptoms of cat bites that require medical attention.

  • Pain gets worse
  • Wound does not heal
  • Swelling
  • Warmth around the wound
  • Redness around the wound
  • Red streaks leading from the area
  • Pus
  • Fever


Preventing Cat bites

  • Never leave children alone with animals.
  • Never approach a stranger cat.
  • Remember that animals in pain will lash out violently; be careful around injured cats


Treating cat bites

  • Apply firm, direct pressure to the wound to stop bleeding.
  • Clean by washing for five minutes under cool water with mild dishwashing soap. Remember, avoid rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and iodine as they can slow healing and harm tissue.
  • Grate some carrot, place over the wound, and cover tightly with a bandage. Change every 30 minutes. Carrots help to extract toxins.
  • Sterile clay with berberis or hydrastis can be applied. Leave until the clay dries then wash away. Do this two or three times a day to help fight off infection.
  • Consider using tea tree oil, golden seal or calendula on the wound to help fight off infection, kill bacteria and speed healing.
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