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My cat got into a fight with a neighborhood feral cat

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My cat got into a fight with a neighborhood feral cat yesterday. I noticed my cat was limping, and I thought he sprained his ankle or something. On closer look today, it looks like he was bit on his pad on his front foot. It is not bleeding, nor does it look like the wound is infected.With this being the Labor Day weekend, I won't be able to take him in to the vet until Tuesday at the latest. So is there anything I can do for him now? Can I use bacitracin? It would have to be something harmless in case he licks it.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 11 months ago.

Hi this is Dr. Hill. So with a bite wound it is best to clean with an antibacterial solution or shampoo, if you have one. If you don't, then I would soak his foot in a bowl of warm water with epsom salt added for at least 5 minutes two to three times daily (if he will let you). A cat bite wound will almost always need antibiotics because they are prone to fester. He will also need to have his rabies vaccine boosted because it is a bite from a feral cat. So more than likely, he will just lick the bacitracin right off. Cats do not typically tolerate ointments well. Feel free to ask additional questions.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Would "Band-Aid Antiseptic Wash, Hurt-Free" be considered an antibacterial solution?
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 11 months ago.

Yes, that should work nicely.

Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 11 months ago.

It has some lidocaine in it which may make it feel better too.

Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 11 months ago.

Just make sure to rinse it off after done cleaning.

Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 11 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Blix. How is everything going?

Kelly Hill

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