Q. What natural remedies can I give my cat for an open, deep wound? Antibiotics or disinfection?

A. If your cat has a wound that is deep and visibly bleeding, or tissues such as muscle and bone can be seen, it is best to bring him into a veterinarian for care. Cat bites and scratches very commonly form into abscesses, which are infections that form under the skin and cause swelling, redness, pain and a build up of discharge such as pus an bacteria under the skin. These usually need to be drained and given antibiotics by a vet. For minor wounds or cuts, keeping the area clean and dry, using a warm wet washcloth to wipe away any debris, and watching out for signs of infection are best. Do not attempt to place any topicals or give antibiotics unless instructed by your vet as many over the counter medications can be toxic to cats!

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