What to do When a Cat Scratches You?

cat scratch disease

Did you know that cats possess a secret weapon hidden beneath those adorable paws? 

It’s true! Their tiny claws, like miniature scalpels, can turn a moment of innocent play into a surprising scratch fest. 

But fret not, fellow feline enthusiasts! 

In this health and wellness blog, we’re going to unravel the mystery of cat scratches and arm you with simple yet effective strategies to deal with them. 

So, whether you’re a cat lover or simply a curious soul seeking answers, get ready to discover the perfect solutions for those unexpected kitty battles. 

What is CSD?

Cat scratch disease (CSD), often known as cat scratch fever, is one illness that needs special attention. Bartonella Henselae is the bacterial illness that is to blame. Cats can spread it to people by licking an open wound on them, or it can spread through bites and scratches that cause the skin to rip. 

Usually, 3 to 14 days after the wound was licked or inflicted, it may look swollen, and red, and have elevated, circular ulcers. Pus might also be present. Fever, headaches, a lack of appetite, and tiredness are further indications of CSD. Lymph nodes close to the initial scratch or bite may swell, become tender, or hurt as the illness worsens.

Serious CSD problems are quite uncommon. It might, however, have an impact on your heart, brain, eyes, or other internal organs. Children between the ages of 5 and 14 and adults with weakened immune systems are more likely to have these issues.

The majority of CSD cats show no symptoms of sickness. They can catch Bartonella henselae from flea bites, flea dirt (droppings), and fighting with other infected cats. They can also catch it from flea bites and dirt that go into their wounds when they scratch or bite at fleas.

Do

  • Under running water, gently wash the wound(s); do not scrub.
  • Apply hand soap gently to the wound. Avoid using harsh chemicals or disinfectants to clean the area because they can irritate and exacerbate the pain already present. A mild salt solution can also be used to clean the wound. To make the solution, combine 2 cups (500 ml) of water with 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of table salt.
  • After cleaning, rinse for a while.
  • Applying pressure to the wound with a bandage or absorbent dressing will stop bleeding.
  • Use an antibiotic cream, and wrap the area in a sterile bandage.
  • You should get medical help right away if your eye is scratched.
  • Keep your cat from licking your wounds. It might result in Cat Scratch Fever.

Don’t

  • Play rough with your cats since they might bite and scratch you.
  • Let cats lick the open wounds on your body.
  • Touch or pet feral or stray cats.

Prevention Of CSD

  • Trim your cat’s nails to prevent fleas.
  • Apply a flea treatment (topical or oral medication) once per month that has been approved by your veterinarian. ( Cats might not be safe to use over-the-counter flea treatments. Before using ANY flea product on your cat or your family, make sure it is safe for them all by consulting your veterinarian).
  • Make sure your cat doesn’t have fleas by using a flea comb to look for flea filth.
  • Regular vacuuming will help you get rid of fleas in your home.
  • calling a pest control professional if necessary
  • Preserve the health of your cat.
  • Plan periodic examinations of your pet’s health.
  • Keep cats inside to reduce their exposure to fleas.
  • Stop them from engaging in combat with strays or animals that could be infected.

Conclusion

So, the next time you find yourself playing with your furry friend and encounter an unexpected scratch, don’t panic. Take a deep breath, assess the situation calmly, and follow the appropriate steps to treat the scratch. 

By combining your love for cats with your dedication to health and wellness, you can enjoy a harmonious relationship with your feline companion while keeping yourself in fine fettle.

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