Cat-Scratch Disease Is Real
How to Prevent Cat Scratches
- Observe the cat's mood. If it seems irritated or angry, don't attempt to pet it.
- Engage in gentle play. If your cat tends to play rough anyway, consider wearing gloves and long sleeves.
- When playing, opt for toys you can use from a distance, such as a laser pointer or a feather toy.
- Keep your cat's claws trimmed (but see below for a special note about declawing).
How to Treat Cat Scratches
- Assess the wound. If it's a mild scratch, washing it with soap and water should suffice. If necessary, a clean, dry gauze pad can be held to the wound until it stops bleeding.
- Apply an over-the-counter antibiotic cream to the wound, over with a dry, clean bandage, and allow to heal. Keep an eye out for unusual swelling, redness, soreness, and other signs of infection.
- Pay close attention to wounds on the hands and feet. They come into contact with more surfaces than other areas of the skin, so wounds here are prone to higher rates of infection.
- Likewise, if the person scratched is very young, elderly, and/or has a weakened immune system, monitor the wound closely to head off infection.
- If a cat scratches your eye, seek immediate medical attention.
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