Thank you for your response, Nicole. I think I'll try doing the warm compresses for a couple of days. Why is it that the salt water can impede healing? I want to stay away from antibiotics mainly because I don't want to use them unless absolutely necessary, just like with my children.
Our kitty's bite wound seems to be shallower but wider than the ones in the photos on your handout. Though I'm not sure how long it was on him before we found it -- it came as quite a surprise and may have been there for a couple of days before we noticed. It seems to be healing alright but is going slowly. It hasn't smelled at all so far but it has been draining fluids and is not really closing up much yet.