Top Five Most Common Cat Injuries
Most cat parents will have to deal with an injury to their feline friends at some point, and the majority of those will likely be minor and superficial. But some cats just seem to court trouble – or are especially accident-prone!
Let’s review the most common injuries* cats experience, along with ways you can help if your cat does get hurt.
Puncture wounds: Cats who spend time outdoors are likely to encounter other cats or wildlife, and they may end up with puncture wounds, which are deep holes often caused by teeth. Bite wounds especially are at higher risk of infection due to bacteria, so applying Curicyn Original Wound & Skin Care Formula can help irrigate and cleanse these injuries while removing harmful bacteria and promoting quick healing.
Lacerations: Lacerations are deep scratches, often with rough edges. They can occur anywhere on the body, but cats often get them on their paws from swiping or stepping on something sharp. Because they’re deep, they tend to bleed a lot, so applying Curicyn Blood Stop Powder is often a good first step. It slows blood flow by constricting local blood vessels and capillaries, so you can assess the wound and determine if additional care is needed. Depending on where the laceration is located, you may want to apply Curicyn Wound Care Clay. The fast-acting clay is a combination of bentonite clay, Curicyn Original Formula and aloe, plus other active ingredients that works well on difficult-to-bandage areas.
Foreign body ingestion/toxicity: Cats are prone to swallowing long things, like string, ribbon, or yarn, which can anchor at the base of the tongue and cause internal damage. Avoid toxic flowers and plants like tulips, lilies, and sago palms in your home and yard. (Read a full list of what to avoid on the ASPCA Animal Poison Control website.) Cats who have eaten something they shouldn’t, may vomit, cease to eat, or show signs of nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and lethargy.
Tooth fractures/issues: Feline tooth fractures can occur from biting down on something too hard, fighting with another animal, or trauma. Cats with painful mouth injuries may be reluctant to eat, drink, or groom themselves or paw at their faces. Some broken teeth can be repaired, but in other cases, extraction is the best treatment.
Trauma: The most common traumas cats experience result from falling from a height – out of an open window, for instance – or being struck by a vehicle. Depending on the severity of the trauma, injuries could range from bruising to fractured bones and internal organ damage. Cats who have suffered trauma may move awkwardly, hide, or cry out in pain.
You never know when your cat might be injured, you’ll come along a stray or need to rescue an injured animal, so we strongly recommend keeping a well-stocked pet first aid kit handy. The Curicyn Pet Care Kit is a 35-piece emergency “first-aid” kit that is lightweight, portable, and includes our Original Formula, Wound Care Clay, Eye Care Solution for eye irritation, and Curicyn BodyGuard Fly, Flea, Tick and Insect Repellent, as well as first aid supplies like scissors, bandages, adhesive wrap, an ice pack, blanket, and much more. All of the Curicyn products are non-toxic and won’t sting or burn when applied. You can rest assured that you’re ready to provide the best possible care to your feline family member.
*Wounds may require veterinary treatment, depending on their severity.