Infected Cat Bite: First Aid Treatment And Natural Home Remedies

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.


  1. J M said:

    I have been bitten by a cat, and listen to me carefully; you need to see a doctor immediately. I am an ENT and was bitten and in about 8 hours after I was bitten it became infected, I took all the precautions and cleaning techniques I know and it still got infected quickly.

    This is serious; cats carry horrid bacteria in their mouths and also could be carrying rabies. Never take matter into your own hands you need antibiotics either orally or iv based. I went to the doctor 8 hours after i was bitten and i was about a day away from iv based treatment. Staff infections are life threatening and any infection is life threatening. You will need an antibiotic. I was bit on the pinky. They even still had to lance my finger to make sure the infection was out of my finger.

    Very serious stuff and very painful. Go to the doctor.

    November 20, 2010
  2. Dianne said:

    I got bitten on the big toe by a playful cat. It became infected so I went to the doctor and they irrigated it with saline solution. They also gave me the antibitoc Augmentin. I’m home now and soaking it in epsom salts daily and taking the antibiotics twice daily. It still feels like there may be an infected core in the wound. Is there anything I can do myself to help it heal? I am diabetic, so am worried and take any wound on my feet seriously.

    February 27, 2017
  3. VK said:

    I was bitten by a cat on my leg. It is just a small bite. 4 days have passed but now I feel slight pain when I touch the bitten area. Is it necessary to consult the doctor urgently?

    March 10, 2018
    • PUP said:

      It is necessary to consult your doctor. Since there is mild pain, early treatment is necessary to prevent infection and swelling of the wound. Besides you may also require to be vaccinated against tetanus and rabies.

      August 14, 2018
  4. Anonymous said:

    Got a small scratch on Sunday 8 of July. It occurred in afternoon. By the time 11.30 pm my hand was swollen like football. I went to emergency care department where I was given antibiotic medicines. I hope the medicine works, but at the moment my hand is swollen and big.

    July 9, 2018
    • PUP said:

      Often scratches and bites can cause swelling in the affected region. It may take 24 to 48 hours for the antibiotics to act. Hence, have patience but if there is fever or if the symptoms worsen, consult your doctor again.

      July 26, 2018

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