As a pet owner, keeping your kitty happy and safe can feel like a full-time job! They love poking their noses into anything and everything. And, sometimes, that can lead to cat wounds and injuries.
Outdoor and even indoor cats face occasional injuries, such as burns or even cat abscesses from playing with other cats.
If your cat does get burned, you need to know what to do and how to treat it. This brief will tell you exactly that. As always, if you are unsure about the severity of your pet’s issue, please contact your veterinarian right away.
Your cat may be at risk of four primary types of cat burns:
When it comes to burns, your first task is to identify the affected area. A chemical burn may need to be treated differently than a thermal burn. Typically, these all have unique symptoms or indicators. For example, with an electrocution, the cat may have burns around its mouth, singed whiskers, and respiratory issues.
After you’ve determined the cause of the cat burn, you need to examine the affected area to gauge the wound’s severity. Like with humans, burns are classified based on the three-degree system.1 The higher the degree, the deeper the damage from the burn goes:
If your cat displays the symptoms of second-degree or third-degree burns, seek professional medical assistance immediately. Aside from the burn itself, there may be other secondary health concerns such as smoke inhalation or chemical ingestion. Your vet may also recommend a specific ointment for treatment in some cases.
How you treat a first-degree burn will depend on the type of burn your cat has received. Regardless, you’ll have to make sure your cat is immobilized before you address the wound. The easiest way to restrain your cat is by wrapping him or her in a blanket or towel.
Follow these steps:
Follow these steps:
Burns can be tricky. You not only have to worry about the injured site, but you also have to consider secondary issues like respiratory problems or poisoning from ingestion.
Because of this, cat burns are one of the injuries that often require a trip to the vet just to be safe. Even a minor first-degree burn could have complications. So, it’s better to be overly cautious.
To be prepared for anything, you should have Vetericyn Plus® Antimicrobial All Animal Wound and Skin Care liquid and hydrogel on hand. It’s a safe and natural way you can flush, moisturize, and help prevent potential infection from a superficial burn.
Looking for more ways to care for cat issues? Check out our guide on treating a cat abscess effectively.