While cats are great pets, they are also a little moody and thus they are more prone to biting than dogs are. If you get bitten by a cat, you need to take it seriously because of all of the bacteria that is in a cat's mouth. Therefore, if you neglect a very small bite you can end up in big trouble. This is because 40% of them will become infected. With this in mind, it is important to know how to take the following steps in order to treat a cat bite:
- The first thing that you will need to do in order to treat a cat bite is immediately flush it out well with warm water and an anti-bacterial soap.
- After you have washed the cat bite, make sure to rinse it with hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol. This will cause a bubbling action that will help to rinse out the wound. Make sure to rinse it off with water again after using the hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol.
- Use Betadine to treat a cat bite. This is a brown surgical scrub. It will kill any bacteria that are still there and sterilize the area. Make sure that you don't get the Betadine on anything or it will stain.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment to your wound in order to prevent an infection from occurring.
- Put a band aid over your wound. If the band aid is too small, use a gaze patch and some medical tape. This will help to keep any dirt or grime from getting into your wound.
- Visit your doctor if the cat bite has broken your skin, the bleeding does not stop in 15 minutes or if you have any other concerns. The wound is probably a lot deeper than it looks. You may also need to take some prescription antibiotics in order to avoid getting a staph infection. This step is especially important if you have any redness, warmth or swelling in the area or if you get a fever. While there you may need to get a tetanus shot if you have not had one in the past 5 years. Your doctor will also determine if you need rabies shot which is not something to mess around with since this can be a fatal virus.