Bacitracin for Cats

Cats play hard, making them susceptible to cuts and scrapes.
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The same curiosity that killed the cat also helps him get scrapes that need doctoring. Since most aren't life-threatening, treating them at home with Bacitracin, a broad range antibiotic ointment, is an affordable option.

Step 1

Wrap your kitty in a towel when cleaning his wound. This helps keep you from getting your own scratches and needing Bacitracin ointment for yourself.

Step 2

Clean your fuzzy friend’s wound with warm water and saline. This washes dirt, debris and bacteria from the skin and fur. Although he likely will fight tooth-and-nail, this step is important and should not be overlooked.

Step 3

Pat the cut dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. The Bacitracin stays on dry skin better than wet.

Step 4

Apply the ointment to the wound. Your feline likely will lick the area. However, it is not harmful if ingested in small amounts, so use it in moderation.

Step 5

Inspect the wound and repeat the process two or three times a day as needed. The ointment provides a layer of protection for the wound, so you most likely will not have to wash it each time.

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