My Cat Got Burned Advice Please
My cat got burned when she jumped up on the kitchen counter. She’s a right devil like that. I’ve told her but she won’t listen. Well, it is more a scolding as she knocked over some hot water. Mind you she soon got off! Maybe it’ll put her off doing it again but I doubt it. She is always getting into difficulties. If someone can give me some advice I would be pleased – thanks…
Admin: Thanks for your post – My Cat Got Burned Advice Please – and question. I hope someone gives advice. In the meantime here are my thoughts. Cats do get into doggy situations. But they have nine lives to get ’em out. Burns can be caused by the sun (radiation especially on white cats and their ears), chemicals (think garage for example), electric shocks (think poor electrical fittings and plugs) and plain heat. There is a lot of potential for household accidents. It may be that her footpads have been burned slightly of she walked on boiling water. A cat’s feet can get burned on hot surfaces such as roofs and roads in the summer.
It sounds like a superficial burn (light burn) so the area will probably be tender and perhaps red. There may even be some blistering. The experts say that for light burns we should apply a cool compress (not ice) to reduce pain. This might be done for about 30 minutes. The hair in the area of the burn should be gently and carefully clipped away and washed with surgical soap if you’ve got some. The area should then be dried off and and an antibiotic cream or ointment applied. This might be Triple Antibiotic Ointment – 1 Oz ( Generic Neosporin Antibiotic Ointment ). You might be able to get this at the local pharmacy (i.e. an ointment for humans). Avoid ointments or creams that contain painkillers as painkillers made for humans are dangerous for cats (see Feline Pain Relief).
If the burn is due to a chemical the area should be well washed before applying the cream.