LDS Emergency Preparedness

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Cat Paw Cuts

Posted by Elise on November 5, 2009

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Cats may occasionally get laceration injuries to their paw pads from gravel, glass, wire, tree limbs & foreign bodies. It is important to seek veterinary care to prevent furtherdamage.


  • Licking at Paw
  • Wound
  • Difficulty Walking
  • Pink Flesh
  • Bleeding
  • Discomfort
  • Laceration


  1. Muzzle your pet because they might bite you if they are in pain
  2.  Put a gauze pad against the wound and slip a cotton sock over the foot
  3.  Tape a plastic bag over the sock
  4.  Once the bleeding has stopped use blunt scissors to trim the fur around the wound
  5.  Wash the cut with mild soap and water then pat dry with a clean, soft cloth
  6.  Apply Neosporin or Bactine to help prevent infection
  7.  Watch for swelling, fever, or discharge which would indicate an infection
  8.  If bleeding continues or the cut appears deep call your veterinarian immediately
  9.  Provide direct pressure on the wound as you drive to the Vet’s office


If your cat goes outside make sure to cover the injury with a temporary bandage and then remove it within a couple hours

Never apply an ice pack directly to the wound


The paw has huge concentrations of blood vessels and they may bleed a lot

The wound heals better when left to open air



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