Sometimes you find yourself with a cat that comes home injured after a fight: here’s what to do to treat the injuries and understand if there is something serious after a fight between cats.
Cats are very territorial animals and they become combative and quarrelsome if some other specimen tries to appropriate their area: this is why it happens very often to see your injured cat return home in a fight with his peers.
If the cat gets involved in a fight, it can suffer more or less serious injuries that are not always immediately visible to the naked eye: this is why knowing how to behave and how to treat the injuries of a cat injured during a fight between cats is essential, in how much the consequences could later turn out to be more dangerous than one might have imagined at first.
In addition to the injuries sustained in the fights between similar, cats can return home with injuries caused by a fight with dogs or rodents: in any case, it is good to know how to best deal with the situation.
What to do if the cat was injured in a fight
Cats usually suffer from small bites in their fights and quarrels: in some cases, they are very small puncture-like lesions, caused by the sharp and pointed teeth of domestic cats .
Although small, these lesions can be dangerous because the mouth is full of bacteria that irreparably contaminate the wound.
The possible complications of a wound reported by a cat due to a fight are of various kinds: we can find skin and joint infections, but also osteomyelitis (if the infection reaches the bones) and even serious and dangerous chest infections.
If the cat was injured during a fight, you must act as soon as possible, following a series of precise steps:
1. reassure the cat and keep him warm by wrapping him in a blanket that keeps his nose and mouth exposed to allow him to breathe normally;
2. touch the cat and pick it up with extreme caution: any contact could cause it pain;
3. wet the wounds with a solution of water and salt (boil the water and dissolve the salt, then let it cool) to be used twice a day for a couple of days: it will reduce the risk of infections;
4. check for small wounds and keep an eye on the cat in the following days, to understand if it has signs of injuries that are invisible to the naked eye;
5.if after a fight the cat comes home with breathing difficulties, contact the nearest veterinary emergency room immediately.
Injury symptoms not visible in cats
As previously mentioned, there are some immediately visible combat injuries in a cat that has been involved in a fight: other injuries, however, may be hidden by fur or may even be internal and therefore not visible to the naked eye.
Usually, cats that suffer an injury that is not visible from the outside show some very specific symptoms and signs that should not be underestimated:
– the cat limps,
– the cat whines and complains,
– the cat is aggressive and does not want to be touched,
– the cat does not want to move,
– the cat is not hungry and is lethargic.
If your cat shows one or more of these symptoms as a result of a fight between similar people or a confrontation with other animals, it is advisable to take him to the vet as soon as possible to make sure that there are no more or less serious internal injuries.