Post # 1
Jack Jack has little scrape on his ear. It’s bothering him. It’s not infected, not weeping or bleeding but he keeps picking at it. It’s got a scab, but he still picks at it. Should I put some ointment on it to keep the scab a bit soft so he stops picking?
Post # 3
How long has it been like that? I tend to let my pets take care of minor issues themselves because they seem pretty self sufficient like that. But if it has been a while (or really regardless, if you’re concerned) you could call your vet to ask their advice?
Post # 4
I only noticed it today. It’s really not bad at all. He just seems annoyed by it. My vets closed right now =(
Post # 5
@HelleCat: But then he would mess with the ointment and it might be toxic. Meh. Meow. You might consider a cone but you must post a pic. Hehhe shame cat!
Post # 6
is he just licking his paw and rubbing it? If so thats just their instict to clean the wound.
If he is scratching at it i wouldnt worry either, sometimes scabs get itchy.
Post # 7
My boy Luke sometimes scratches his skin so hard he gets a cut and it scabs. It heals up just fine though and I don’t do anything to it. If you’re really worried you could call your vet for advice but I bet they will tell you to leave it. Years ago a cat we had was bit by a wasp above her eye and it swelled up like you wouldn’t believe so we rushed her to the vet… But it was just one of those things that took care of itself.
Post # 8
The off brand “triple antibiotic ointment” might help heal the scab up a bit quicker and prevent an infection. My cat got a cut on his neck when he was a few months old, and the vet said to apply a little bit each day to help keep it clean and heal it up, so I assume it’s safe to use. It didn’t seem to irritate him too much either. I hope he gets better soon!
Post # 9
We have a cone for our dog that we keep for when she gets minor things that we don’t want her to pick at. Everything heals faster because she isn’t licking or picking at things.
Post # 10
A friend of mine used to be a vet tech, and when I rescued my dog she gave me a great piece of advice. She said that since dogs are mammals too, we tend to treat them just like we would humans. Of course we need to be aware that some humans meds are highly toxic to cats or dogs and that dosing can be very different in animals vs humans.
Personally, I have treated a lot of scrapes and insect bites on my dog just as I would on a human. I have cleaned them with a mild soap or cleanser and used an antibiotic cream or cortisone cream topically. She is very much a princess and has bad allergies/dermatitis, and since she is absolutely horrible with taking pills, I don’t like to risk anything developing into something more severe that requires any meds.
Post # 11
i would avoid putting ointment on it. cats lick everything and it might be toxic. just keep an eye on it and if it becomes red, swollen or has pus, then go to the vet.
Post # 12
It’s their instinct to do that – the scab is probably itching him a bit. Honestly, if it’s just little and not infected or weeping then I wouldn’t worry too much about it, just keep an eye on it and if it looks like it’s getting worse then take him to your vet.
I wouldn’t put ointment on it unless it’s something you got recommended by your vet.
If he’s constantly licking and bothered by it, there’s also a solution you should be able to buy from your vet that is just like a bitter taste that you rub around a wound to discourage them which works like a charm and is a cheap solution to the licking issue.