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Also try cleaning the wound by cutting back the hair around it so that the skin is exposed. Cats have a double epidermis layer on their body but on the feet the skin is fragile and thin so tearing is a concern. Also the wound can be much more serious
Also try cleaning the wound by cutting back the hair around it so that the skin is exposed. Cats have a double epidermis layer on their body but on the feet the skin is fragile and thin so tearing is a concern. Also the wound can be much more serious than it looks on a cat because they are engineered to not show the extent of their injuries. If you clear away the hair slightly she may be able to clean the wound herself adequately. Cat saliva has anitbiotic properties and they can heal from some pretty horrible wounds just with time.
Moniter if she is using the limb and whether her habits change significantly: does she drag the limb, claw at it, shake it, or if the wound is oozing clear or whitish fluid as these are signs of infection, nerve damage, as well as broken bones. A broken toe bone won't be much of an issue and a broken "wrist" bone should heal on it's own though she may have a limp. It's best if you hear "clicking" or feel popping when you gentle manipulate the bone to get her to a vet.
As Kindred said her wounds may be extensive especially after a cat attack so watch her for listless behavior and not wanting to groom. Excessive purring or a moaning sound when breathing can suggest other injuries.
If she is mobile and her eyes are clear and alert (the nictitating membrane will close half over the eyes if she is in terrible pain or very sick) let her care for the injury but be prepared to wash it with a cotton ball and some warm water as it heals.
Cats have their own pharmacopia of pain meds none of which are used by humans (for the most part) and the doses are VERY different so no pain management unless the doc prescribes it.
Gnerally cats can take care of themselves fairly easily, I've had cats with throats torn out that required only a tube sock top to protect the injury site...feet punctured, claws ripped out, teeth ripped out, torn ears, broken tails and all manner of horrible looking injuries so I wouldn't worry too much (I know it's hard not to) and generally anitboitic ointments aren't suggested where a cat can ingest them...it's not a horrible consideration but it can make them vomit. For injuries up near the back of the shoulders or neck where cat's have a hard time cleaning the wound anitbiotic ointment is a good thing.
Good luck and let us know how it goes!
Certainly if your vet knows your area to be under a rabies concern find out whether this might be an issue...especially if you live in an area with raccoons, skunks or other natural carriers of the virus!
Thank you for so much help! She really didn't have hardly any blood and it's kind of a puncture like wound so she is able to lick it. I knew dogs had the healing tongue, but I didn't know cats did too! How cool. There's been no dishcarge from the wound and she actually tries walking on it. I noticed she laid on her side with that foot under her with no problem, but when she shifts on it or puts pressure on it, she growls. She hasn't hobbled or anything, but she seems to be walking with more of her weight on the other feet. She's really only got up once today though so maybe it's having time to heal? No, she doesn't drag it. It mostly just looked like she was walking very slow. Her foot touches the ground when she walks. I will certainly keep an eye out for all of those things you told me. The little puncture is on top of her back foot, further back from where her pads are, I guess right before her heel. It doesn't look like it went all the way through, but it's hard to tell. She doesn't purr, but when I first found her, her breathing was rapid and she made light sounds when breathing. That went away after minutes. No moaning, only growling when she shifts on the foot.
She does seem alert, but in pain too. She's responsive to me and will even nudge me to pet her head. I haven't checked on her in a while since she's been resting in the dark, quiet room. I figured that meant she wanted to be left alone. I will go check her and clean the foot somehow today though.
And Oh my, your poor kitties! Those sound like horrible injuries. We haven't dealt with too many extreme injuries. We had a kitten that was bit in her throat by a dog and died
and one was hit by a car and died, but other than that, nothing big. My grandmother is a kitty fanatic (must be where I get it from!) and she knows all about taking care of cats. She could be a vet! But I wasn't able to get to her today.
Oh, yes she was just vaccinated for rabies and all only a while ago. Looking at the wound, it's not terrible, but the way she acted was freaking me out. I do live in an area with raccoons! We have a family of them that come on the porch at night, but I'm positive that wasn't it. Plus I'm pretty sure it would've killed her or she'd have had some other injury besides the one. She's perfect everywhere else but the foot.
Thank you all for the help and concern! I will update when I check on her again. I sure hope she's recovering. I think so anyway.
Oh yea, she does not want to eat or drink! I'm really hoping she gets up and decides to eat tonight or that will be my next worry. I think she will. She was interested when I brought her water and food, but she sniffed it and changed her mind. She doesn't eat much anyway, but I expect her to wolf down when I bring her some soft cat food. She hasn't ate all day!