Cat Skin Wound Healing and Treatment

Cat skin wounds can range from superficial scratches that can be treated with disinfectant, to deep wounds that need sutures. Treating cat skin wounds is essential in preventing infections and further complications. Some wounds can be treated at home, while others will require the help of a vet. In some cases, even if the wound needs to be treated by a vet, you can apply some first aid procedures before taking your cat to the clinic.

Cats can get injuries while fighting with other cats, while playing or in accidents. Cats can also get bitten (by snakes, raccoons or other animals).

Scratches and Bites

Cat saliva contains a lot of bacteria, and which can get in the wound if your cat licks it. You need to prevent infections by thoroughly disinfecting the wound.

If the cat is bleeding, stopping the blood flow is your first priority. Use some sterile surgical gloves. Get some cool compresses and gently press these on the wound until the bleeding stops.

Clean the wound with a bit of water and clip the hair around it to make your access easier. Apply some disinfectant such as betadine, chlorhexidine or an antibacterial soap.

After drying the wound, apply antibiotic cream and put on bandages. Even though wounds heal faster if left uncovered, you should cover them to prevent the cat from chewing and licking the wound, spreading more bacteria through the saliva. If you prefer a lamp shape instead of bandages, make a cardboard collar and place it on your cat’s neck. This should prevent him from licking the injuries.

If the wound is deep, you need to consult your vet. Keep an eye on the injury. If it's red and swollen and there’s pus, you need to get oral antibiotics, because the wound is infected.

Snake Bites

Cats can get bitten by snakes. If the snake is poisonous, you need to go to the vet immediately, because the bite can be fatal. An antidote must be administered within 60 minutes after the bite. Take your cat to the vet and make sure you keep the bite area below the heart level. Don’t wash the wound, as water can help spread the venom.


If your cat was bitten by another cat or a raccoon, you need to prevent the occurrence of rabies. Rabies is a severe condition that will cause death. If the other cat was not vaccinated or was feral, or if the bite came from a raccoon, you'll need to administer your cat a vaccine if he hasn't received one in the last 2 years. Even if your cat was vaccinated, a booster is needed to ensure that rabies is not contracted.

First Aid Kit

It’s always good to be prepared to treat cat wounds, as cats often suffer from injuries. Keep a first aid kit handy. Include disinfectants, an antibiotic cream, a pair of tweezers, scissors, bandages, surgical tape, towels and surgical gloves. Include the phone number and address of the vet, for emergencies.