Cats do not take to bandaging very well so if you have reason to bandage your cat you may want a little help while doing so. Once you have placed the bandage on your cat the next important step is trying to keep it there. There are a few ways to keep bandages on cats to promote healing.
Depending on where your cat is hurt and in what manner may improve the chances of keeping bandage on the affected area. If you have to place a splint on one of the paws it can be done by applying some sort of flat stick for the splint and encase it in surgical tape and bandage until you can get him to your veterinarian. If your cat has an open wound you should always make sure that any dirt is cleaned out with an antiseptic wash and antibiotic cream applied before you apply any bandage.
If your cat has an open wound you can clean and wrap it like it is or you have the option of shaving off the hair around the cut. This will help in the healing process by keeping any hair from matting. Of course if your cat will not tolerate this you can wrap the wound with the hair in place but try to keep it away from the wound.
Attaching a bandage to a limb or the tail
Attaching a bandage to the tail or a limb is perhaps the easiest places to attach a bandage. After cleaning the wound start your bandage at the beginning of the limb or tail snuggly while applying lots of layers. Keep winding the bandage around the tail or limb as you go in a spiral manor placing the bandage a little further up the limb as you go. Make sure the start of your bandage has no ends sticking out. A cat will utilize any little piece of bandage to remove it.
If the wound is on the upper part of the paw place lots of tape around the part of the paw that your cat uses for walking encasing the whole paw. This will help ensure the bandage stays in place. When you get beyond the wound with gauze then you will need to place some type of surgical tape or any kind that will adhere to the hair of your cat. This is the only thing your tape will have to hold it and cats can remove this easily if it is not attached well.
You can tape a little beyond the wounds onto the hair to give the bandage good staying power. If the wound is on the tail repeat the same process but go a lot further with the tape. If you decide to shave the area on the limbs and the tail it will give you a much better grip. Change the bandage every twenty four hours and clean the wound with antiseptic wash before applying the new bandage. When removing the bandage you can cut away some of the hair that is caught on the tape.
Bandaging the head
This part of your cat may prove a little more difficult as cats have easy access to their heads. Take your bandage and place it on the head wound. You may have to cover one eye whether it is affected by the wound or not. Before applying the bandage cut your gauze strip approximately four to five inches on each end. Place a gauze pad over the wound and tape it in place.
Once this is done take your gauze strip and start winding it around your cats head leaving both cut ends free for the moment. Once you have wound the gauze strip take the ends that you have precut and tie around the back of your cats head or behind the two fore paws. This will help keep it in place. Elizabethan collars are ideal for preventing your cat from getting the bandage off. They cannot have the freedom to get at the bandage and perhaps it is the safest way to ensure the bandages stay on.
If your cat is injured always get him checked by your veterinarian first. He will advise you on caring for the wound. Do not apply any bandage to tight it could cut off the circulation which can lead to other problems. Bandaging a cat can become a bit tricky but once you know how to keep bandages on a cat you will be able to handle any situation that arises.