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horrible accident

Discussion in 'Cats - all breeds / types' started by cacey, Apr 20, 2004.

  1. cacey

    cacey New Member

    :cry: Something horrible just happened and I'm making myself sick over it.............I just got home from work and my kitten Simon(persian) had the runs and he and the floor and my bed and his litter box and etc. etc. were coverd in runny pooo, so I'm trying to clean him off and I have to give him a bath but I had to cut some of the dryed clumps off so I'm cutting them off and then I realize I cut him, he just sqeeked a little and squirmed but he was purring and is running around playing like nothing happened, but he has this at least an inch long gash by his tail, it didn't really bleed either but I can see ripped flesh. I'm so sick over this. Should I be very worried, should he get stitches, he acts like it's not even there, I've heard animals have a really high pain tolerance, what if it gets infected from the poo? I"M SOOOOOOOOOO FREAKED OUT!!! I put neosporin on it.........is that a good thing? HELP!!!
  2. cacey

    cacey New Member

    Also do cats heal pretty fast ..........do you think it will heal up quickly??
  3. kyles101

    kyles101 New Member

    if its not bleeding all the time things should be ok. you can wash it several times a day with a salt water solution. i dont know what the equivilent of neosporin is over here so i dont know if you can use it. but ive heard others saying you can so, someone in the US talk! :p pheobe is trying to eat my crumpets.
  4. nern

    nern New Member

    Its not that they have a high pain tolerance but rather that they hide their pain well. In their natural enviroment sickness or injury attracts predators so its instinctive for them to hide their pain.
    If possible, I would take him to the vet....just to be sure that the wound does'nt get infected and so it can be stitched if neccessary.
    Keep us posted.
  5. KittyTales

    KittyTales New Member

    Just wash His tail and wrap it in a peice of cloth.It should heal pretty quickly I guess. :)
  6. moose

    moose New Member

    yes, using neosporin is fine for cuts and such on dogs and cats. however, just like on people, it shouldn't be used as the main treatment for huge gashes. even if it's not bleeding, if it's as big of a cut as you make it sound, you should get him to the vet because it could quickly become infected. better safe than sorry -- don't you think?

    btw, wrapping it in cloth or bandages probably won't work too well -- cats tend to tear those things off the first chance they get.
  7. Chessmind

    Chessmind New Member

    Hi. I'm sorry about your cat's tail. :( I agree with everyone that said to take him to the vet to get his tail checked. However, I also think you should bring in a stool sample being as he has diarrhea. I don't like neosporin. I don't have one tube of it at home or at work. It just has a large amount of petroleum jelly in it( which keeps oxygen out of the wound and creates the perfect warm moist environment for bacteria to breed, ironic as it's suppose to be antibacterial). It is only effective in killing a few bacterias not all. Also on the label it says: "Do not use on puncture wounds." The next time this happens just wash your cat's tail or get some made for cats cleaning wipes at the pet suppy store. I think those are good to have handy just in case.

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