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How to Treat a Cat Bite

Watch more How to Give First Aid videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Treat a cat bite to avoid a painful infection using this guide. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Wash the wound Wash the wound immediately with soap and warm water. Scrub the area for several minutes to remove saliva and bacteria from the cat bite. Tip Don't scrub too hard, but be thorough. While it may be painful, an infection is even worse. Step 2: Follow with an antiseptic Rinse all the soap from the wound and then follow with a good antiseptic such as iodine or hydrogen peroxide. Step 3: Apply pressure Apply firm pressure to the puncture marks from the cat's teeth to stop any bleeding. Keep the wound elevated to prevent the wound from swelling. Step 4: Cover with gauze Cover the bite with an antibiotic ointment and then wrap it in clean gauze once the bleeding has stopped. Apply clean bandages at least twice a day until healing starts. Tip A tetanus booster or rabies vaccine may be needed if the animal is a stray. Animal bites in humans can be deadly. Step 5: See a doctor See a doctor if things get worse. Have a baby or small child checked out, even if the bite is minor. Swift action will make any pet bite less traumatic and painful. Did You Know? Cat Scratch Disease, or CSD, is caused by a common bacteria, which 40 percent of all cats carry at some point in their life.
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