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My cat got into a fight with a stray and her ear is all messed up - how can I clean it?

Asked by troubleinharlem (7976points) September 17th, 2010 from iPhone

I let her outside (she doesn’t go off the property because she doesn’t like cars, thank goodness) and I noticed later that she had a scabby ear. How can I clean it so that it doesn’t get worse? Should I take the scab off and clean it with alcohol, or something?

I’ll put up a picture of her if it would help, also.

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JilltheTooth's avatar

I would take her to the vet for an antibiotic shot, and professional check. She might have punctures other places under her fur, as well, that could abcess if not treated. That happened to my cat once, I cleaned her up, then a few days later she was really sick and I almost lost her. The vet found a wound I hadn’t seen, and had quite a time clearing up her infection from that one tiny puncture. Good Luck!

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Are you certain it was another cat? The injuries sustained from fighting with wild animals and, yes, even being hit by a car can be really surprising. I think a trip to the vet is always a good idea… better safe than sorry.

rts486's avatar

I also recommend going to the Vet. The same thing happened to our cat and the injury ended up infected.

tinyfaery's avatar

I 4th the vet. The cat that hurt your cat could have any number of diseases.

WestRiverrat's avatar

I also vote for the vet. When my dog got into it with a stray, they gave her another rabies shot, even with my getting one for her only 2 months prior to the fight.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Will she let you hold a wet warm rag on it? If so then make a little paste out of a few aspirin tablets and put in on the rag to hold in place over the scabby yucky part of the ear. Let it dry and flake off but some of the aspirin will have been absorbed with the moisture into her skin and will help kill infection, take away itch and speed the healing. If the yucky part stays warm, puffy or gets pus after a day or two then like others say, she might need an antibiotic.

MissCupid's avatar

Go to the vet!

anartist's avatar

She might just have mosquito bites on her ears. Especially if they are just a bunch of tiny scabs. Most once-a-month treatments for cats [unlike for dogs] do not cover mosquito bites. If you see your vet, ask if there is one that does. My cat gets them every summer as there are a lot of mosquitoes in my garden. She also doesn’t stray. Strays are fairly unlikely to invade a turf with the resident cat in view.

eternal_serenity's avatar

Just put neosporin or some other antibiotic ointment on it. If it gets worse take her in to the vet. If it’s just a scab it’s already healing so no need to spend money at the vet. If she hasn’t had her shots you should probably go ahead and take her in.

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