- Step 1: Wash the wound Wash the wound immediately with soap and warm water. Scrub the area for several minutes to remove saliva and bacteria from the cat bite.
- TIP: Don't scrub too hard, but be thorough. While it may be painful, an infection is even worse.
- Step 2: Follow with an antiseptic Rinse all the soap from the wound and then follow with a good antiseptic such as iodine or hydrogen peroxide.
- Step 3: Apply pressure Apply firm pressure to the puncture marks from the cat's teeth to stop any bleeding. Keep the wound elevated to prevent the wound from swelling.
- Step 4: Cover with gauze Cover the bite with an antibiotic ointment and then wrap it in clean gauze once the bleeding has stopped. Apply clean bandages at least twice a day until healing starts.
- TIP: A tetanus booster or rabies vaccine may be needed if the animal is a stray. Animal bites in humans can be deadly.
- Step 5: See a doctor See a doctor if things get worse. Have a baby or small child checked out, even if the bite is minor. Swift action will make any pet bite less traumatic and painful.
- FACT: Cat Scratch Disease, or CSD, is caused by a common bacteria, which 40 percent of all cats carry at some point in their life.
You Will Need
- Warm water
- Antibiotic ointment
- Doctor (optional)