Some people take it for granted that a cat’s mouth is not sterile. There are organisms and bacteria that live in their pets’ mouths that can bring about serious infections if they are bitten. Cats, even when they are close to their owners, do sometimes bite and reasons for their biting may include the following:
- When a cat feels that their owner is treating them too roughly even in a playful manner, they can scratch or bite.
- Bad timing can be a reason for a cat bite. They may already be agitated and frightened and you were the nearest person or object they bumped into.
- A cat can bite when they get carried away while playing.
- Sometimes when a cat is sick, they feel out of sorts and even their human friends are not immune to their short tempers. Bites and scratches can occur when a cat is not feeling too well.
- They simply feel like biting you.
First Aid For Cat Bites And Scratches
With all these reasons why a cat bites a human or their owner, it is then necessary for you to play it safe when it does happen. The first thing you will need to do when you get bitten by your pet is to apply first aid:
- First thing you need to do when you get bitten by a cat is to wash it immediately with hot water and soap. Next step is to disinfect the area with any disinfectant you have.
- Try to stop any bleeding with the use of a clean piece of cloth on the way to washing the wound out.
- After you disinfect the wound, cover it loosely with a Band-Aid or a clean gauze pad and tape.
- Increase the amount of vitamin C you take to help ward of infection.
Natural Remedies For Cat Bite Infection
If after all your precautions to ward off any infections that a cat bite may bring fails and if infection persists, a visit to the doctor is imperative. But if you think you can medicate yourself from home, here are some things you can try:
- Make an anti-bacterial paste with the use of tea tree oil, calendula or goldenseal, and some sterile clay. Place this paste over your infected bite.
- The wonders of carrots can be used on your infected wound. Just grate one whole carrot, place this on your wound, and wrap with a moist and warm washcloth. This poultice will help draw out any infectious toxins as well as speed up the healing of the wound.
- A mixture of some lime juice and castor oil can also be put on an infected cat bite to help heal it and speed up the healing process.