Following illness, injury or surgery, the cat may need a bandage. In addition to retaining secretions, the dressing is necessary to limit the risk of contamination of a wound by bacteria. Always follow the advice of the veterinarian because in some cases a bandage may be contraindicated. Anyway, if it is essential, its installation requires some precautions and it is better to know how to do it because it must be changed regularly. You should also think about protecting the bandage so that the cat does not tear it off. Let’s do a check in.
Choosing a bandage suitable for cats
It is essential to opt for a dressing large enough so that it is able to go around the body of the cat, its tail or even its paw, otherwise it will not hold. Likewise, if it must be placed on the animal’s head, it must absolutely surround its skull to stay in place. The small bandages that are used on humans are not suitable for animals, if only because these little companions have hair. The dressing designed for cats must therefore be perfectly adherent in order to be useful.
Clean and disinfect the cat’s wound
Above all, in case of profuse bleeding, it is essential to take your cat to the veterinary urgently.
Faced with a minor injury that does not warrant special consultation, we start by trimming the hairs all around the area to be covered. With the greatest possible gentleness, it is also necessary remove the various particles stuck to the wound like gravel, hairs or others.
It is then necessary to resort to a antiseptic soap to wash the wound and rinse well then dry it by dabbing it with a clean, soft terry towel. We finally put a antiseptic if possible that does not sting in order to disinfect the wound without causing unnecessary pain to the little feline as this would increase their stress.
Put a bandage on your cat
The time has come to make the dressing. Even if this does not pose any particular difficulty, it is better to ask for the help of a third person so that the operation goes smoothly. The calmest of kitties may not be fooled when their master has to touch their wound, and rebel. Once the animal well maintained, proceed as follows: on the cleaned, dried and disinfected wound, a sterile compress that we cover with bandaged in order to maintain the compress. Finally, we can glue an XXL adhesive plaster or an adhesive strip which must protrude from the bandage by 2 or 3 cm in all directions. You really have to make sure that the bandage fits perfectly.
It is very important that the cat’s dressing is not not overly tight because there is no question of making a tourniquet! Be careful with hook-and-loop strips which tend to tighten more than anything else.
Protect your cat’s bandage
If the dressing protects a wound, it must be protected against licking and against any risk of tearing. If the wound is on one paw, it is quite possible to put a small sock on the kitty over the bandage that it then suffices to hold properly with a strip of adhesive tape that is not too tight. Obviously, the master has other solutions marketed by the veterinarian, by certain pharmacies or parapharmacies or even on specialized merchant sites. There are therefore several articles such as:
- The cat collar: it’s an accessory that comes in different shapes, materials, sizes and colors. We fix the collar around the neck of the little feline so that he cannot tear off his bandage. The average price of a cat collar is around € 15.
- The waterproof coat for cats: it is a protective clothing against the cold but that some masters use for other purposes. It can be found in pet stores and on online sites for a dozen euros.
- The cat medical vest : if you are looking for a model of cat clothing more particularly suited to the protection of dressings, it is better to buy this type of therapeutic accessory, designed for protect wounds and dressings located on the body of the animal. The kitty retains great freedom of movement and its bandage benefits from optimal protection. This type of product, available in several sizes, is therefore suitable for both kittens and large adult cats, and it is available in different colors. It costs between 20 and 30 €.
Coat and vest are recommended for cats with a chest wound, which does not prevent them from being fitted in addition to a collar.
Putting on a bandage is one thing, but you’ll have to think about change him as soon as it gets wet or becomes soiled with blood and other secretions. Making a bandage for your cat therefore requires a certain availability and probably a lot of patience. But if we perceive the slightest abnormal odor coming from the wound, it is without delay that it is necessary to consult the veterinarian, because this leaves suspecting an infection.