Bandaging

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It's much more difficult to bandage cats than dogs and then it is difficult to keep the bandages. Cats which persistently take the bandages away are given tranquilizers. The head wounds and septic wounds shouldn't be bandaged (for their better drainage).  If your cat scratches the wound or takes the scabs off you'd better cut its claws or put some cloth boots on its hind paws.

Plaster bandage on the paw. Plaster should be put easily not to squeeze the soft tissues and not to cause blood supply disturbance in the paw.

Extremities and paws bandaging. To do the bandaging skillfully one should put some sterile gauze drapes on the wound, put cotton balls between the fingers and fasten with the plaster on the paw. Then one should wrap the paw with the cloth and bandage it (you may also use net roller over the bandage).

Extremities wounds are closed with some sterile drapes and fastened with the plaster. Using the plaster be careful because the fur may stick to it. Plaster keeps the bandage from removal in spite of simply bandaging. To be sure that the bandage is not tight, bend the extremity in the knee joint some times - blood supply and movements in the knee joint should be free. It is necessary to check the bandage from time to time not to permit the squeezing of soft tissues. If you see the disturbance of blood supply in the paw or the paw is not sensitive you should loosen the bandage. If the bandage is tight the cat will obligatory take it away.

Complex bandage Complex bandage. It is used to protect the skin on the neck or belly from scratching and biting and it is also used to fasten the bandage in a define place. One should take a quadrangular piece of cloth and cut the sides in such a way that there will be several stripes. Such bandage is also used to prevent kittens from infection by contact with infected fur of their mom in the process of sucking.

Eye bandageEye bandage. In some cases it is necessary to put the bandage on the eyes. Put the sterile square gauze drape on affected eye and fasten it with the help of plaster, wrapping it round the head. The bandage shouldn't be very tight. Ears have to be free. Sometimes one should change the bandage to bring medicine into an eye. Tie a head and injured eye with the gauze bandage. Beforehand one may put gauze on a sick area. Fasten the bandage with the plaster fixing it to the fur. Ears have to be open.

Ear bandage. Ears, as a rule, remain open and only in case they are badly scratched, one should put Elizabeth collar.

Elizabeth collar. A high tough collar on the dress was popular during the reign of English Queen Elizabeth.

Elizabeth collarThe same stand-up collar prevent a cat from scratching ears, wounds on the beck and is used when it has some skin diseases. You may buy a collar at the drug store. It is made of plastic and cardboard.

The size of the collar is cut out according to the size of the cat (its radius should be a little bigger than the length of the fore paw). First one should cut a circle - 30 cm in diameter, with a hole in the center - 10-12 cm in diameter. A quarter of a circle cut like a piece of cake. Put it on a cat's neck and fasten the edges with the plaster. Make sure that the collar is not high. Then the collar is fastening on the leather cat-collar with the help of stripes passed through the holes on the sides of the collar. The collar should be short to let the cat eat and drink. Most cats adapt themselves to it, others do not want either to eat or to drink in it - in this case the collar is temporarily taken off. You'd better keep a cat in Elizabeth collar at home.

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