can i put peroxide on my cats wound

If your cat has a wound, do not use hydrogen peroxide unless specifically instructed to do so by a veterinarian. Hydrogen peroxide can damage the tissue, worsening the wound in the long run. Hydrogen peroxide is abrasive, so it is preferable to use a different antiseptic product, like chlorhexidine for cats.

How should I care for my cat’s open wound at home?

Your veterinarian will provide you with specific instructions.

Generally speaking, to keep the wound edges clean and to get rid of any crusted discharge, you’ll need to clean it two or three times a day using warm water or a mild antiseptic solution. Unless directed by your veterinarian, NEVER use soaps, shampoos, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, herbal preparations, tea tree oil, or any other product to clean an open wound.

You could bandage the wound to keep your cat from licking it or to shield it from additional contamination. If there is a lot of discharge from the wound, your veterinarian may advise daily bandage changes. In the event that bandaging is not an option, your cat might need a protective collar to stop the wound from getting worse.

Why are some wounds left open to heal?

Sometimes, the location or the amount of skin loss prevents surgical closure or bandaging (wounds on the face or high up on the leg). Puncture wounds or other trauma can force bacteria deep into the tissues. A contaminated wound that is more than a few hours old should never be closed without surgical debridement (removal of all the contaminated or dead tissue), and in some cases, this may result in more permanent damage than treating the wound medically and leaving it open to heal.

The majority of wounds are infected with bacteria and frequently contain foreign objects like grit, dirt, or hair that may need to be removed under anesthesia. Your veterinarian will attempt to clean and suture the wound whenever feasible; but, in the event of severe contamination or deep infection, the wound will be left open to allow for topical therapy and adequate drainage.

Long-term open wounds are typically allowed to heal without surgical closure, though a drain may be inserted. The majority of these wounds are managed with a regimen of frequent bandaging, flushing, and antibiotics.

What is a wound?

An injury that damages the skin and/or the tissues beneath it is called a wound. It could be a cut or another type of open wound, or it could be closed, like a contusion or bruise.


What can I put on my cats wound?

Clean the wound with warm water and iodine or saline solution. Apply an antiseptic cream and non adherent gauze dressing, and gently wrap it in a clean bandage. Monitor the injury to make sure the bleeding has stopped. Consult your veterinarian to determine if further treatment is necessary.

Is peroxide safe for cat wounds?

If your cat has a wound, do not use hydrogen peroxide on the wound because it can cause tissue damage. Call your veterinarian for an alternative disinfectant that is created exclusively for cats. Your vet may be able to prescribe an alternative disinfectant.

What antiseptic can I use on my cat?

Cat Wound Care Supplies to Keep on Hand Good items to have at home in case of wounds include: Sterile, non-stick gauze. Antiseptic solution (povidone-iodine or chlorhexidine diacetate) Saline solution.

Can you put Neosporin on a cat wound?

It may be tempting to slather Neosporin on your cat when you see it has a wound. But this first-aid kit staple, otherwise called triple antibiotic ointment, isn’t recommended for use on cats. Neosporin can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions in cats.