3 Home Remedies for Cats: Short Nail Trimming, Minor Wounds & Itchy Skin
“Now if you’re doing any home grooming and you’re trimming your cats nails chances are, we’ve all done this, we’ve cut a nail a little bit too short and it starts to bleed. Don’t panic, I know it looks like they’re bleeding to death and I know it looks like they’re never going to stop, but there’s really not that much blood coming out. One thing you can use to get it to stop a lot faster is corn starch, just grab a little corn starch, dip the nail into it, put a little bit of pressure on it and that’ll stop the bleeding a lot better than just pressure alone. If you don’t have any corn starch just grab a bar of soap, just push the nail into it and it’ll do pretty much the same thing, it’s really nice stuff.
Now right here I’ve got something I guarantee everyone has in their house and that is sugar. Sugar is amazing, sugar is natures natural antibacterial agent. We use sugar in the clinic all the time for really big wounds we’ll actually put sugar directly on the wound before we bandage it and it helps the wound heal up a lot faster and it really cuts back on the use of antibiotics. So if your cats got a minor wound, that doesn’t need stitches, that doesn’t need a major bandage, putting a little bit of sugar on it or even some honey will work just as well. That should help prevent them from getting an infection and the nice thing is, even if they lick it off it is not going to do them a lick of harm.
Now I’ve also got another product here that may look familiar, some delicious oatmeal. Oatmeal is what I recommend for skin, oatmeal is really great for itchy cats, flaky cats, it works beautifully. You will make a colossal mess with this, I’m just going to warn you and this is probably of all the remedies I’m talking about the one your cat is going to be the least thrilled to participate in. You take some oatmeal, you mix it up with a little bit of warm water and you basically make a paste out of it. Smear it on the area of your cat’s skin that’s causing them the itch and let it sit for about five or ten minutes, that’s the challenging part, to try to get your cat to sit there and then rinse it off. Again before you’re using something like the oatmeal you really need to make sure that you know what you’re treating and that you’ve taken your cat to the vet first, but this is a really nice supplement to the treatments that your vet is going to do.
Now I hope that you found these tips helpful. I’m sure you’ve got all this stuff lying around your house and I’m sure your cat will thank you for saving them from a trip to the clinic.”