i was playing with a lighter looking at the flame because i like fire and i guess my kitten did to because he jumped on the table where i had the lighter and started watching the flame. before i could stop him he touched the flame and as soon as he touched the flame he jumped off the table and ran away. what should i do? one of the main reasons i’m so worried is because he is only 5 weeks old. please help me!!!!!!
Hi Ariel.. thanks for visiting and asking. Sorry to hear that your kitten got burned.
Regulator visitors to this website would say, see a vet. They are correct. In addition to that sound advice I’ll add my two pennies worth..
You say that your kitten, “touched the flame” (of a lighter). And you were holding the lighter so you saw what happened.
I am guessing that your kitten’s paw was only in contact with the flame for a very short time. On that basis the burn will be a first degree burn. You’ll need to check out the paw pads etc.
Please tell me how bad this burn is. You don’t provide a lot of information. Was the fur burned for example?
First degree burns cause the skin to become slightly swollen and painful. They will heal naturally provided infection is avoided.
Second degree burns are deeper and more painful and there will be blistering. They take about 20+ days to heal provided there is no infection.
Veterinary attention is advised because except for minor burns there could be complications. It would seem that in this case the burn could be minor but caution is required. Play safe.
For minor burns the advice is to apply a cool compress to alleviate the pain (not ice). Renew the compress. If there is burned skin the hair around it should be clipped, the skin gently washed with surgical soap and triple antibiotic cream applied. Fit a loose-fitting gauze dressing that is changed daily.
Burned areas should be protected against grooming if the cat wishes to groom the area. The dressing will probably achieve this.
Hope this helps. The first thing is to assess how bad the burn is. If you are not sure it has to be a vet visit surely.
Hope this helps and good luck.