has my cat been in a fight?

by CJ Sky
(Sydney, NSW)

Hi, i have a question about my cat (duh)


See, today he went outside and he got through a crack on the side of the fence. My dad found him in the bushes and he was very scared to come out. there are two other cats who are constantly in front of my house and i think they fought with him. Since we brought him back inside, he has been very skiddish and has been a little stressed. When we got him back, he had a big tuft of hair pulled out from around his neck. i have not looked for cuts or anything as he doesn't seem to be bleeding. What are some signs of cat fights? i thought i would just wait until the morning to see how he is.

Thanks for any and all help

CJ

Reply
Hi CJ

Yes unless you can see blood or notice your cat walking funny or if he is holding his tail in a strange way then he may have got away with just having some of his fur pulled out.

the main signs of a cat fight are bite and scratch wounds. So it is worth gently checking through his fur to see if there are any skin wounds. if so bath them with a little warm water to keep them clean and keep an eye on them to see if they heal over the next few days or if they become enlarged with means an infection has set in and he will need antibiotics from the vet.

Your cat may act a little oddly for the next few days as he is probably frightened after his fight. Don't worry this will not last forever. I have two cats and when they have been involved in a fight they tend to want to stay in the house for a few days but then they are back to normal.

best wishes kate

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