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Gizmo just came in with a pretty deep puncture wound in his ear. I'm assuming it's a bite -- there's a new cat living somewhere behind us and it's been making territorial moves toward our yard recently. We've chased it off every time we've seen it and moved all of Gizmo's food indoors, but apparently things have escalated beyond the point of that being effective.<br><br>
It's a single puncture toward the juncture of ear and head and is bleeding freely. There's already some pus and swelling. I cleaned it with diluted hydrogen peroxide, applied a warm compress, and then some bacitracin after letting it bleed a bit more. Luckily, Gizmo will tolerate just about anything if there's squishy food in front of him.<br><br>
Does anyone know if you can apply calendula washes or calendula lotion to cats? I'm trying to think of things I have around the house that would help keep the wound clean and prevent infection. Ear wounds close up so quickly and get infected so easily. I really want to stay on top of this to keep him as comfortable as possible. Other ideas are welcome, too.<br><br>
Please don't turn this into a debate about keeping cats indoors. Most of my cats have been indoor cats. Gizmo, however, is a feral rescue with a very strong personality. We tried for YEARS. It's simply not going to happen. We're going to try to keep him inside for a few days, with supervised trips outside for potty breaks. He's already trying to go back outside. He may be 14 now, but he never got rid of his feral instincts. Our screens will never be the same. Wish me luck.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I hope gizmo heals up fine.<br><br>
I would definitely use the calendula wash (as in an herbal preparation you make, right? not like body wash? it's meant to be used on wounds?) I would not use lotion on an open wound.. I'd be comfortable using any herbs I use externally for the same purpose on my cat. (I'd rather use goldenseal, if you have some, because it's quite powerful, and animal bites often get infected on humans, I would assume the same goes for animals. I like it (even the powder) in a compress/poultice. (I put the powder on a hot wet cloth, then put the powder side of the cloth right on the skin)) honey? oh god, that would get all over your house.<br><br>
plaintain, yarrow, maybe an uvna-ursi tincture, though I don't know, I'd want to talk to some people who know about herbs for cats before giving anything internally.
 

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I have a mild calendula wash I made for wound care on the kiddos and I have a calendula salve. Yeah, lotion was the wrong word. (Pre-caffeine posting does that to me.) It's an olive oil-based salve with calendula and goldenseal in it. I don't have any goldenseal powder, but I'll see if anyone near me does. Good ideas, thanks!
 

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I'd go use the calendula/goldenseal salve then, that would probably be great.
 
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