***update in post 4***
I'm not sure what I should do. I noticed tonight that my male cat has an injury on his paw. First of all, he has a claw that looks odd - this is my fault I think - I've neglected trimming for a while (just didn't realize it had been so long
) so that one looks like it is curling over a bit / overgrown - and then right next to that there was some crusted looking "dirt". I tried to wipe it and he didn't want me to touch it - but I did a little and then it started seeping a bit of blood - so I think it was just dried blood I was wiping.
I think the injury is from the claw next to the overgrown one - or from in between them, I can't get a great look at it.
I really can't take him to the vet right now. First of all, it is HUGELY stressful on him and he is very old (15) so I don't want to unless I really need to. Also, I need DH to be here to help with DD if I do take him because it is a major stressful ordeal to get him into his carrier. That isn't even possible until Sunday.
Should I keep trying to clean it? Should I just leave it alone? How am I going to deal with the overgrown claw? It loks uncomfortable, but I know I won't be able to trim it with his normal trimmers.
Is there something I could put on it? Peroxide maybe? I was thinking of an antibiotic cream, but he'd probably lick it off. I usually do herbal remedies for minor things here but am not very up on using herbs for pets, so I don't want to do any harm of course.
I feel so awful that this happened.
I want him to be better!
What should I do?
Thanks for any input!