Bacitracin for Cats

Cats play hard, making them susceptible to cuts and scrapes.

Cats play hard, making them susceptible to cuts and scrapes.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Items you will need

  • Towel
  • Saline solution


  • After five days of use, if you do not see any improvement, consider taking your cat to the vet. Bacitracin does not treat every type of bacteria and your cat may need another type of antibiotic or oral treatment.


  • Deep cuts should be evaluated by a veterinarian.

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