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Published on July 15th, 2014 | by Debbie Martin


What Should You Do If Your Cat has Been Fighting?

If your cat is allowed to go outside, chances are that they will inevitably encounter another cat, which might result in a fight. Cats are very territorial creatures and they will protect their territory with violence if necessary. Usually the cats that are most likely to get into fights are the unneutered male cats.

Cats fight by scratching and biting, which can cause some serious wounds for the other cat. Most of the infected wounds in a cat will result from bites that have been sustained during a cat fight. When these wounds become infected they can make your cat very sick if they are not treated. The infection can spread throughout the body to the deep tissue and bone and can sometimes even be fatal.

Neuter Your Cat to Prevent Fights

One of the best things that you can do to prevent your cat getting into fights is to have them spayed or neutered as this calms them down drastically. This will also help to eliminate the risk of your cat having unwanted litters of kittens all over the neighbourhood! This will help with a number of other cat problems, such as your male cat marking their territory on your home and furniture!

You might also want to keep your cat indoors as much as possible, or within an enclosed yard. This will keep them from wandering into the territory of other cats.

What to Do If Your Cat Has Been Bitten

As discussed the bite wound is the most likely to become infected because bacteria within the cat’s mouth will contaminate the wound as well as external contaminates. Over a number of days, the bacteria will multiply within the wound and an abscess will form. This can cause cellulitis (an infection within the tissues), septic arthritis (an infection within a joint), osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone) or pyothorax (an infection within the chest cavity).

If your cat returns to your home with a bite wound it is important to get them treated quickly before the infection starts to spread. Look closely for the bite wounds, as they will be hidden under the fur. The bites usually occur on the neck area, legs and rump. Usually bloodstains on the fur will help to show you where the skin has been punctured.

Here are some tips for how to treat them properly:

  • Calm them down and wrap them in a warm blanket, speaking to them softly. Keep the mouth and nose exposed so that they can breathe. Remember to be careful when handling them, as the bite wound might be very painful. Restraining them in this way will help you to treat your cat without them lashing out or panicking, as they will probably be very nervous or excited.
  • Bathe your cat’s wounds with salt water. The ratio should be one teaspoon of salt to a pint of water that has been boiled and then cooled. Bathe the wound in this mixture twice per day for at least a couple of days so that you can help reduce the likelihood that it will get infected.
  • You might not be able to spot all of your cat’s wounds, so you should keep a close eye on them. If you see any signs of infection you should take them to your vet as soon as possible. These signs include pain, heat, swelling, lethargy, or fever.

If you see your cat suffering from any of these symptoms after being in a fight with another cat, it is very important to take them to the vet. Your vet will need to administer immediate treatment in order to disinfect the wounds and treat the infection.

Dog Bites

Being bitten by a dog is a much more serious injury for a cat than being bitten by another cat. If this has happened to your cat, you should get them checked out immediately. A dog bite can cause your cat serious internal injuries, because the dog’s jaws are powerful enough to crush the organs and they tend to be bigger than cats too. There is a big risk of severe bleeding and infection, so treatment from a vet immediately is very important.

These are just a few important tips that you should keep in mind if your cat ever gets into a fight and has a bite wound. It is crucial to get your cat the treatment they need as soon as possible, so that the wound does not get infected and become a risk to their life.

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About the Author

Debbie Martin has worked at Beeston Animal Health for over five years, having previously worked as a nurse in equine and small animal practice. Although generally involved with aspects of marketing these days and putting her psychology degree to good use, she still has a great depth of up to date knowledge in all creatures great and small. Debbie lives at home with her partner and two children and spends much of her spare time looking after her horses, dogs and cats or at the home farm with the cows, sheep and turkeys.

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