Posted by: Worried | 2004/10/25

Bad scratch

My kitten scratched my older Persian's nose badly. It's seeping. Because of his flat face I'm worried about infection. Is it worth having it checked out?

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Usually superficial scratches will clear up within a few days. If it takes longer than a few days to heal, or there is excessive swelling in the area or the cat becomes painful, it must receive more specific treatment. Usually a course of antibiotics will sort that out.

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town

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Posted by: Chill | 2004/10/25

I would tend to agree that it should be checked out, especially if it's oozing.

It's not a bad idea to keep some liquid betadine in the house for such occurrences - put some onto a bit of cotton wool and clean the scratch as vigorously as the cat will alow - obviously without hurting it. And don't worry, the yellow stain comes out easily with water.

There's also stuff called Prenine, which is an ointment in a tube - not expensive, and useful for small wounds and scratches.

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Posted by: Acineth | 2004/10/25

I think it would be. He may need anti-biotics - kitty claws aren't sterile.

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