A lot of things can happen to a cat after they went through an altercation with another cat so here is what you must know about cat behaviour after fight. It might surprise you but many cat owners don’t realize that the cats they adopted don’t get along and the tensions can lead to aggression. Even if the aggression was with another cat, the fact that the cat went through a fight is as traumatizing for them as it would be for us.
Diagnosis of Injuries
Some wounds will be immediately visible but others might not be noticed and can be just as bad. If you see symptoms of lethargy, heavy bleeding, puncture wounds, swellings or lumps on their skin or if the cat is limping then you need to take the cat to a veterinarian to assess the damage. X-rays might be required to see what went wrong if the cat goes through terrible pain but fractures are rarely present since cats don’t have so much strength.
If you or another human was injured when trying to break up the fight assess the injuries which can be life threatening and if there are any then call 911 right away. Wrap a towel or a coat around the pet and bring them to the nearest vet if they have some of the problems mentioned above, but if the wounds are not on the face, neck or abdomen and aren’t bleeding excessively then you can use some warm water to clean them first. It is still recommended to go to the vet since you might not notice everything they do.
If the cat was attacked by a stray you might want to notify the authorities or if the other pet has an owner then you should definitely inform them about the incident. That is important to prevent further altercations.
Caring for the Pet
Use drains, stitches, bandages or wound ointments, depending on the case and don’t forget about the recommended medicine such as antibiotics or painkillers. These might lead to some restrictions for food, water or exercise and also their interaction with other pets might not be recommended for a while so take measures for each of these steps.
As the wounds are healing, check on them and clean the area with warm water and soap from time to time. If you notice any swells or fluid being drained in the area then a veterinarian should take care of those since they are signs of infection and antibiotics are recommended.
The last thing you want to do after your cat had a fight is offer them a new trauma by scolding them. Their emotions will be unstable at the time so check for signs of excessive fear or anxiety and try to give them more attention than before since that will help them heal.
They will see you panic and they will do the same so if you remain calm they will also be more relaxed. Give them space if they need it and love during the rest of the time and make sure that you prevent these types of incidents from happening again.