First Aid

First aid for Cat Bite

Cat Bites are a major concern in the United States. The risk of infection is much higher in cat bites and it occurs in children. The common areas of bite are head and the neck area. A rabies-affected cat transmits the virus to the victim. Rabies is a dangerous disease that affects the brain. Hence, if the cat is not vaccinated, the victim has to be given anti-rabies injection.

Here’s How to Treat Cat Bites:

  • First, stay safe and secure the victim.
  • Instruct the owner to secure the cat.
  • Never scare the kittens as this may lead to an aggressive behavior and they will harm you again.
  • Do not start the treatment immediately, as there are chances of attack again.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • If severe bleeding, take a clean cloth or towel and apply pressure to the bitten site.
  • If bleeding stops, clean the wound with soap and water.
  • Wash the wound properly as soap may cause irritation to the site.
  • A bandage can be applied to the wound.
  • Antibiotic ointment can also be applied on the site.
  • If the wound is deep, it may need stitches.
  • Immediately consult a physician.
  • If the cat is not immunized, there is a risk of rabies.
  • Rabies is very dangerous to humans, if not treated.

Preventing Cat Bites:

  • Do not try to go near cats, when they appear strange and sick.
  • If you have a cat at home, be sure it is vaccinated.
  • Do not disturb the cat when it is eating or sleeping.
  • Never leave children alone with cats.
  • Never try to separate cats when they are fighting.

Watch for signs of Infection of the Wound:

The signs of infection are as follows:

  • Swelling.
  • Pus Discharge.
  • Warmth around the hole.
  • Reddish discoloration.
  • Pain.
  • Loss of sensation.
  • Inability to straighten the finger, hand or toe(depending on the part injured).

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