Thursday, 15 November 2018
This lovely tabby cat was feeling very sorry for himself when he came to see vet Lizzie John recently with a wound on his head. Because the wound is oval, we can tell it's actually a cat bite, and was caused by another cat's canine (fang) tooth.
Cat bites can be nasty, as they effectively inject bacteria into the wound from the cat's mouth, causing pain and infections - so antibiotics and pain relief are used to treat them. It's a good idea to clean all wounds like this with an antiseptic such as Hibiscrub.
Another risk from cat bites is the spread of viruses like Feline Leukaemia, FeLV. So if your cat goes outside, and is likely to come into contact with other cats, we strongly advise having the FeLV vaccine.