Keeping an animal healthy is a major responsibility of pet owners, and small cuts or scrapes need to be treated to prevent infection. For cat owners, treating cuts on the nose can be a bit complicated due to the tendency of cats to lick their noses. If your cat suffers a cut on the nose, treat the wound quickly to help it heal properly.
How to Take Care of a Cut on a Cat's Nose
Before you can treat a cut on your cat's nose, you need to restrain your feline friend to ensure uninterrupted access to the wound. Depending upon the temperament of your cat, you can hold it tightly and securely, ask a friend to hold the animal down while you work on the cut or put the cat in a harness to keep it in one area.
Stopping the Bleeding
Use a clean rag or paper towel to stop the bleeding on your cat's nose. Do not wipe the cut, only dab at it gently. If the cut is bleeding slowly or has stopped, the wound is clotting. Do not remove any clotted blood or bleeding will resume.
Analyze the Wound
With bleeding under control, analyze the wound so that you can see the actual size. If the laceration is over a 1/2 inch long, take your cat to a veterinarian and have the wound stitched to prevent infection, quicken the healing process and prevent scarring.
Apply a thin layer of triple antibiotic ointment to the wound. Keep the amount small in case your cat licks the wound. Reapply the ointment at least three times a day to promote quick healing and protect from infection.