If a cat experiences considerable scabbing on a routine basis, it is cause for an urgent visit to the animal’s regular veterinarian for an examination. Treating the scabs in an effort to heal the wounds is relatively easy, but the priority is determining the underlying condition causing the flare-up. Read here for ideas on how to remedy a feline scab.
The root of the problem needs diagnosing so that the animal does not continue to react, creating more sores and experiencing discomfort. Once the vet discovers the problem, the professional can develop a long-term treatment plan to eradicate the symptoms, hopefully bringing comfort to the animal.
Fully resolving the ailment will take more time and effort than healing the wounds. But once the vet begins his care plan, the cat should experience a sense of relief, preventing further reactions. That means the scabs present currently can receive treatment with little potential for new ones. For these, there are several natural home remedies kitty may or may not be accepting of. Let’s go through these.
Natural Home Remedies To Heal Cat Scabs
Before you attempt to heal cat scabs, it’s essential to visit the vet to find out what’s causing the wounds. The medical professional will diagnose the underlying condition and develop a care plan for the root cause to prevent further scabbing. Find out some of the causes at https://www.catster.com/cat-health-care/what-causes-scabs-on-cats/.
With this treatment underway and less likelihood for the cat to be irritated further, you can begin using home remedies to soothe the wounded areas. These solutions help keep the animal comfortable and prevent her from digging at the places while they start to heal.
The critical thing to remember as a feline’s parent is that cats are independent creatures and tend towards anxiety. If the animal feels in any way threatened, she will react defensively, usually biting or scratching.
You should wear a thick long-sleeved shirt and keep skin covered with all the mentioned methods because most kitties will not willingly accept any sort of bath or wrapping. Make sure to speak softly and maneuver gently.
Remember, the scabs are there as protection for the wound. Do not pick at these places or attempt to remove them. These are keeping the germs away and allow the skin to repair itself. Your goal is to soften so that they eventually fall naturally and easily. Some suggested home remedies to try are:
** Wrapping With Warm Washcloths
Some situations require an easy technique with as little stress for the animal as possible. That would be particularly true if you have a cat that tends towards aggression or that you know will not react well under most conditions.
Wrapping affected areas in warm washcloths can decrease the need to scratch and bring a sense of relief for the animal while also softening the scabs. The warm rag will soothe the itching so that the feline loses the desire to scratch herself raw, opening more wounds.
You should avoid using a large towel but rather soak a smaller washcloth in medium warm water, leaving the rag damp, not soaking, and cover the sore spots as long as the animal will let you. If your cat is a lap cat, you can do this while cuddling, and the fur baby will be none the wiser.
** An Epsom Salts Soak
Epsom Salts are a natural, safe, and soothing solution for irritated skin. But you have to convince a feline to get in the bath – that’s not an easy task (trust me.) If you can accomplish this feat, the water’s warmth combined with the salts reduces the inflammation and softens the wounds, allowing you to clean the areas gently.
Some cats do a bit better if you allow the shower to run (gently, of course), and they can walk around in the water while you work slowly. For a feline, the objective is genuinely to let them be in control of the situation. If the animal feels no threat, she’ll be okay.
** Chamomile Tea If You Please
For centuries, people considered chamomile a wonder plant for which they put it to use for various medicinal purposes. The oil can clean and soften a scab given a small quantity, but the ideal way to use the substance is as a compress after steeping it into a strong tea.
Again, take a washcloth dampening it with the tea, and hold it to the affected areas. With this method, it’s best to use high-grade teas and not bags from the market. Quality is as important as the process. Organic, freshly dried leaves from a farmer’s market are ideal, or you can have your own newly grown on hand.
If you notice scabs developing on your cat, don’t try to treat them or remove them or, worse, ignore them. Please see the vet as soon as you can get an appointment. There is likely an underlying condition creating discomfort for the animal, causing her to react by scratching her skin open.
That root cause needs a solution before the wounds can heal properly and thoroughly. Once the vet develops and implements a care plan, you can start treating the scabs in the interim to offer the cat some relief and prevent more harm.
A critical thing to remember when administering any treatment, even home remedies, is to allow the kitty her dignity and control. If a feline feels she is boss, she’ll be much more accepting of what’s happening.