Pet Care – Cat Fights
We’re keeping his wounds clean but he won’t stop licking them. What should we do?
Answer: Cat fights are very common and often scratches may be the only wounds seen. However a fresh bite wound is very small and often missed.
These can easily become infected (as cat mouths are very dirty) and so any cat that has been in a fight should be treated by a vet to prevent an abscess forming.
Keeping the wounds clean with salty water is a good first aid measure and you certainly should try to stop him from licking the wounds, as this can also allow them to become infected – often the only way to do this is with an Elizabethan (or lampshade) collar.