If a cat has a paw bleeding, then the reason may lie not only in scratches and cuts, but also in serious pathologies accompanied by an inflammatory process. Every open wound may be considered as site of entry for infection. Especially, it is about cases when the damage is received after bites from teeth or scratches from the claws of other animals. The most difficult to deal with fungal and bacterial lesions, as they require great responsibility from the master of the pet. Starting from strictly taking drugs for a long period, ending with disinfection of the room to eliminate the likelihood of relapse and infection of other family members.
What Does that Mean?
The appearance of blood on paw in cat, which has free access to the street, is unlikely to surprise the master, but the animal needs not only first aid, but also to exclude dangerous options that are usually associated with fractures, burns and frostbites. An accompanying symptoms are high importance, as it can determine the following variants:
- Burn. If cat has furless bloody wound on paw, then there is a big chance that it is burn. Animal can get it after contact with hot radiators, iron, dishes, chemicals. The most dangerous are second and third degree burns, as they are characterized by the appearance of bubbles with gray liquid that cover the entire lesion focus. The pet also experiences excruciating pain when skin peeling after burn. Small lesions do not bleed and do not swell with blisters, heal within 5-10 days without any treatment. In all other cases, a visit to a veterinary clinic is recommended for treating wounds and selecting effective anti-inflammatory, analgesic and regenerative drugs.
- Foreign object. As blood from a cat’s paw can occur because of getting a foreign body under a claw or paw pad, never rule out this option. Usually these are bones from fish or meat; in street cats, fragments of glass, wood chips and sharp edges of plastic are more often found. Any of these fragments can not only cause significant discomfort to the animal during movement, but injure soft tissues, causing periodic bleeding. If the splinter is tiny, then the pet will try to extract it with his teeth, which can lead to an even worse situation. There are many cases when a cat snapped its paw to the meat, trying to get rid of the source of discomfort. The master’s task is to pay attention to symptoms that may indicate a problem – bloody footprint on the floor or bed, lameness, pressing the paws. If the splinter is visible, then it can be removed with tweezers. Cases when the splinter broke off and remained under the skin require a visit to the veterinarian, as there is a risk of developing an inflammatory process with edema and pus.
- Eosinophilic granulomas. Often disturbed by cats and dogs, especially in elite breeds. Their appearance is closely related to allergies, but not all veterinarians agree with this statement. Some vets think that eosinophilic granulomas are autoimmune processes that are not associated with nutrition neither with habitat of the pet. Most often, the nose, chin, eyes, ears and oral mucosa are affected. The lesions look like bleeding ulcers in the shape of a small coin. Eosinophilic granulomas on the limbs look like large red sores. If itching is present, then the pet can scratch them or lick them, which will lead to bleeding wounds. Treatment is prescribed only by a veterinarian after cytological determination of lesions, because hormone therapy is usually used.
Blood from a cat’s paw is a good reason to see a doctor, especially if this symptom does not stop within a few days.