Kitty first-aid tips

Sometimes, your cat gets hurt and his ear bleeds…or he can have a broken nail. Here’s how to handle these situations.

First-aid for bleeding ears…

  • Cut ears may bleed profusely. Carefully approach the cat and restrain him if necessary.
  • Cover the wound with a clean cloth, sterile dressing or pad.
  • Place dressing material on both sides of the ear flap and hold firmly to control the bleeding.
  • Take him to the vet to make sure there is no damage to the inner ear.

First-aid for broken nails…

  • If your cat has broken a nail, do not try to cut or remove the nail.
  • Place your thumb on top of the paw, close to the nails, and your index finger on the large pad on the bottom of the paw.
  • Press your thumb and the finger together. This will expose the nail for examination.
  • When the nail is exposed, hold a clean cloth or sterile dressing against the nail. Bleeding should stop in a few minutes.
  • If the cat seems to be in severe pain or bleeding does not stop, rush to the vet immediately.
  • It is very important to use the right type of nail clipper to avoid problems when cutting cat’s nails. If you do not feel confident cutting your cat’s nails yourself it is wise to have your veterinarian do it for you.

(Joan Henderson is based in Australia and she has judged furry felines in many other countries including USA, Bermuda, Malaysia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Philippines and New Zealand)