Prevention and First Aid for Fighting Felines

Fighting felines need first aid. If you have an aggressive cat, keep a first aid kit at hand. Meanwhile, you can take some measures to prevent his aggressive behavior.

Stop the Bleeding

If your cat comes home from a feline fight and is bleeding, you will need to stop the bleeding. Typically, cat bites and scratches are puncture wounds with little or no bleeding. If bleeding occurs, clean the wound first and put direct pressure on the wound until the bleeding stops and the blood coagulates. Use gauze pads or a sterile cloth.

Antiseptic for Wounds and Cuts

Fighting felines may often end up with wounds and cuts. After you clean the wounds with some antibacterial soap, use some antiseptic spray or ointment to prevent the infection of the injuries. Make sure to spread the ointment on the entire surface of the wound. Cover the cat bite with a band aid or a disinfected bandage. Additional oral antibiotics might be needed if the wound is serious.

If you notice that the cuts are deep, your cat might need some stitches.

Also, if you notice anything unusual such as limping or mismatched pupils, you need to go to the vet immediately. Your cat may have broken bones or even a concussion.

Watch out for Rabies

The other cat may be a stray or feral cat. If you are unsure if he has been vaccinated, it is essential that you seek medical attention for your pet. Stray cats may be carrying rabies and this is a major health risk for your cat.

Prevent Cat Aggression

Cat aggression may be territorial, defensive or it may often happen during the mating period. To avoid an overly aggressive behavior in your cat, it is recommended that you keep the kittens with their mother for the first 8 weeks of their lives. They are able to learn to play and be less aggressive towards other animals.

However, if your cat didn't spend time socializing with his brothers and mother, he might be more aggressive. You can prevent this type of behavior with therapy.

Cat aggressive behavior may also be caused by anxiety or pain. If your cat is suddenly aggressive, you may have to seek medical attention to detect any possible diseases. If the aggressiveness is based on anxiety, you will have to see what the cause for anxiety is. Cats can become aggressive when they encounter a new situation; they may fight the new cat in your household or fight other cats because he is stressed due to changes in his life. Making your cat comfortable with the new situation should stop the aggressive behavior.