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Alabama’s 13 Pet Vet talks about healing cat fight wounds

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It's breading season for cats and it's also a time where Veterinarians see more cat fight wounds.

According to the website medicanimal.com:

"Fighting normally occurs when two cats meet for the first time, however, cats also fight over territory, dominance and attention. Puncture wounds and injuries often occur during these fights due to the cats' short, sharp teeth and claws. These teeth are covered with bacteria from within the mouth, meaning that those bacteria pass into the wound when a bite takes place. Claws are usually also covered in bacteria, for example, from the litter tray. Without treatment bites and scratches can develop into large, painful abscesses. Cat fights can also result in the transmission of viruses including fatal feline viruses, feline immunodeficiency virus and feline infectious peritonitis."

On Tuesday's Alabama's 13 Midday newscast, Pet Vet, Dr. Bert Gaddis will be LIVE in the studio to talk about how to spot wounds on your cat and how to treat them.

In the meantime, you can always call your local vet if you notice any of the following symptoms:

    Bleeding

    Puncture wounds

    Swellings

    Lumps on the skin

    Limping

    Lethargy

    Loss of appetite

According to medicanaimal.com:

" Initially, cleaning the bite wounds with a saline solution or iodine will help to reduce infection, however, the injuries will likely be extremely painful and this may be best left to your vet while the cat is under sedation."

Tune into Alabama's 13 News Midday at 11 .m. Tuesday to learn helpful tips on how you can take care of your wounded feline.

 

 

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