If you let your cat go outdoors, then you know there's a possibility that they could wind up in a fight or have some other type of injury. This is one of the reasons why indoor cats live longer than outdoor cats. Cats, unfortunately, get into situations all the time where they have nicks on their skin or puncture wounds from where another cat bit them. Sometimes these wounds become infected and require an expert veterinarian to take a look at them. More often than not, though, you can use holistic treatments for these types of injuries.
If your beloved feline friend sustained injuries, here are three possible holistic treatments to try.
Cats Will Try And Hide Their Wounds
Before diving into the possible holistic treatments, please note that cats will sometimes become skittish and will do their best to hide their wounds. Therefore, if your cat comes in and disappears right quickly enough, you might not notice them before they become infected. Look for these telltale signs that something is wrong with your pet.
Of course, none of these mean your pet has a wound, per se, they might be sick for some other reason, but if you notice any of these signs, you should check your cat for potential injuries.
- Hiding - your furry companion might be hiding under the bed, behind the toilet, or somewhere else in the house. If you're having trouble getting your cat to come out, something may be wrong.
- Searching for darkness - this is similar to hiding, but if your pet tends to be more willing to come out at night but spends all day under the bed, again, something may not be right.
- Disinterest in food or water - an injured pet may not have as much fascination for food and water. Your cat may elect to remain hidden during mealtime.
If your pet was recently injured and has an open wound, salt water is one way to cleanse the wound site naturally. Salt has some antibacterial properties. It's also relatively gentile and, in the right doses, won't hurt your pet. Typically, you'd want about a 1/2 teaspoon of salt poured into one cup of water. Squirt the solution onto the wound to clean it gently.
- Salt Water
The Old Farmer's Almanac suggests using one pint of water, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon Echinacea or goldenseal tincture. There's some anecdotal evidence that Echinacea aids in wound healing. However, there isn't reliable medical guidance on that. Still, it won't hurt your pet to put it on the wound, so if you do have some around, you can add it to the saltwater mixture.
- The Old Farmer's Almanac Recipe
- Arnica 30c
If your pet is in a fight or has some other significant injury, you can try a couple of pellets of arnica 30c per hour for three hours. Giving your pet arnica may help with bruising, bleeding, and swelling.
If The Wound Gets Worse, See A Vet
Trying holistic treatments and even CBD or hemp for pets is worthwhile since they are readily accessible and don't involve unwanted chemicals. However, if the wound continues to get worse, see a vet so they can clean and dress it. They can also tell you if there are other complications from the injury as well.
Are my cats playing or fighting?
It may be hard to tell if your cats are playing or fighting, but generally, cats that fighting are not as noisy. You may hear some meowing, hissing, or growling if they do make any noise. Additionally, watch their body language. If your cats' bodies are relaxed with their ears pointing forward, they're most likely just playing.
Why do cats fight?
Cats fight for a number of reasons. The most common reason why they do fight is territory. Cats are territorial and even if they don't like confrontations, they can still get defensive when it comes to their area.
How to break up a cat fight?
You can break up a cat fight by making any loud noises like yelling or banging something together. You can also use toys and treats, or to be on the safe side, use a water toy gun or any bottle that can squirt water.