Priority: High


  • Needs a veterinary appointment within 12 hours.
  • If it is after hours, closely monitor your cat.
  • If your cat’s condition worsens, seek emergency care.
  • If symptoms change, repeat and revise the Symptom Checker.

Symptom Considerations

  • Blood loss and infection are the main concerns.
  • Even if it looks small, cat bites can be deep.
  • There will be bacteria in the wound.
  • It should be seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible.
  • Some questions to prepare for:
    • When did the bite happen?
    • Have you treated your cat at home?
    • Have you given your cat any medication?
    • Any odor or discharge from the wound?
  • Your veterinarian may:
    • Probe and flush the wound to determine the depth
    • Make sure there are no foreign objects trapped in it
  • Your cat may require:
    • Sedation for the procedure
    • Bandaging
    • Oral medications you will administer at home (pain relievers, antibiotics)