Post # 1
My SO’s cat has an irritated nipple, she’s never had kittens but has recently started chewing on one of her lower nipples, it is now red, bloody, and chafed. Any advice? We got some band-aids (plaster for you UK Bees) but I’m not sure of what kind of non-toxic ointment I can put on her. It’s not major enough to take her to the vet, and it’s probably something we can just find a natural solution for.
Post # 3
I would call the vet and ask what is safe to use in an area she can lick. They should tell you without haveing to bring her in.
Post # 4
@lefeymw: Oh yeah, didn’t think of that. Thanks!
Post # 5
I can’t really help you with this one, the only thing I can ask is if she is actually nursing on herself? I worked at an SPCA and a LOT of the kittens would nurse on eachother and we would try to separate them to make them stop but they would a lot of times end up nursing on themselves as a comfort thing… It’s weird but they can give themselves hickeys and blisters from it if they do it alot.
My male cat has “nipple” issues, although his just get dry and peel, it’s the strangest thing especially when I scratch his belly and his dry nipple skin gets pulled by my nails! It’s so gross!
Hope your kitty gets better soon!
Post # 6
@o0olibelulao0o: I haven’t noticed her actually trying to suck, but she’s 4 and it’s only happened within the past month, started off with just bleeding so we thought she scratched herself and was just trying to clean the wound and it would eventually scab and go away. She rarely licks it in our presence so we’ll have to sneak a peek to figure it out. Thanks!
Post # 7
You can put Neosporin on it. I’ve used it on my pets because my vet recommended it.
Post # 8
Put an E-collar on her. You can purchase one at petsmart or petco. It is VERY important that you get one that is plastic not fabric since cats are AMAZING at working their way around the cone. A size 12 usually works great for the average sized cat if she’s smaller a size 10. if her nose peaks out the end its to short go up a size, yes they can eat and drink around it, yes they’ll be embarassed and hide. The e-collar will prevent her from licking the site. I don’t recommend just a bandaid since she’ll get irritated with it being on her skin and may chew it off, if she eats it then your gunna be dealing with a foreign body. You can use neosporin 2x’s daily (every 12 hours). If the nipple becomes more inflammed, swollen, painful or produces pus with the e-collar and neosporin go to the vet ASAP! oh also is she spayed?
so to sum it up:
-Ecollar (untill it heals app. 10 days)
-Neosporin every 12 hrs (NO BANDAID)
-If its not better or begins to show signs of the above go to vet!
hope this helps good luck!
Post # 9
I don’t know if this area would be in a proper spot for this, but when my cat got a sore spot and I called the vet, they recommended that I put him in a baby onesie. They even said that if the cat continues to bite or scratch through that, you can stick a maxi pad on the inside (sticky side to the fabric) to protect the wound. Aside from that, gentle cleaning with a warm cloth and treatment with an ointment can help.
(I didn’t end up having to put my cat in the onesie because he started to heal right after I made that call. Maybe he knew that I was planning!)
Post # 10
@katie.gram: Okay, thanks, yeah we decided the band-aids were a no go.
Post # 11
honestly, I would not put anything on it without talking to my vet…
Post # 12
I’m a former (and actually about to become one again!) vet tech. I suggest using a safe spray that is specially deisgned to make biting/licking that particular area displeasing. What it does is make the area taste displeasing, thus encouraging the animal to not lick/bite.
However, the cat may have an infection and you should absolutely see your local vet for screening before even considering putting anything on it, the spray I mentioned included! It could irritate the area further should it go untreated and it happens to be an infection.
Post # 13
Definitey go see the vet! Odd behavior like this could be the sign of something more serious.
Good luck and update! Love cats!
Post # 14
Sorry for the late update, I called the doctor and they said it’s most likely a wheat/gluten allergy since we had cheapened out and were buying cat food that was not ideal. We switched to all natural food last Sunday and haven’t seen her trying to get at it again, looks like it’s going away, the Vet said to come in if a food switch didn’t help.
Thanks for all of your advice!
Post # 15
@hyperJulie: Haha cat onesie! My cats might kill me for that!
@nineteen87: I’m glad it’s just an allergy. One of my cats got a hot spot when I put her on cheap food. She doesn’t have hair on the back of her leg anymore from itching it too much.