Raw Place On Cat's Neck? How To Treat It

Posted on: 24 February 2015

If your cat has scratched its neck so much that there is now a red area that is obviously sore, there are things you can do at home to help it. If the redness does not go away, you should take the cat to the veterinarian, as they need treatment that is more aggressive.

Clean the Area

Before you get started, you need to clean the area well. As most cats do not like to get a bath, you can put some water in a spray bottle, and spray the area. Make sure you do this gently as it may hurt your cat. Use a soft clean cloth to wipe around the area to dry and clean it.

Use Hydrogen Peroxide

Purchase some hydrogen peroxide at a drug store, put some in a small spray bottle, and gently spray it on the red area. This will kill any infection on contact. Your cat will resist you when you try to do this, so you may need some help. You should also wear protection for your arms as it may try to scratch you.

Use Antibiotic Cream

Purchase some antibiotic cream at a drug store that is used for people. Wash your hands, put some cream on your finger, and place it on the sore area. This will help stop any infection.  If your cat tries to lick at the area or scratch it, purchase an e-collar from a pet store, or you can purchase one through your veterinarian. This collar looks much like a lampshade, and when worn they are not able to scratch the neck area. Talk with your veterinarian about how many times per day you should apply the antibiotic cream.

Kill Fleas

Your cat may be scratching its neck area due to fleas. Purchase some flea medication to put on it to kill any fleas. Vacuum your entire house thoroughly to remove fleas that may be in the carpeting. When you are finished, remove the vacuum bag, and carry it outside. If you have a shop vac, this works better than a vacuum cleaner as it has much more suctioning power.  

If you do not want to use flea treatment, you can try to give your cat a bath using anti-dandruff shampoo, which can kill fleas. When you are finished, look over their fur, and remove any fleas that may be remaining.

If your cat's sore area does not get any better, it is important that you take it to see your veterinarian. If it becomes infected, this will make your cat very sick. If it is after hours, you can take your cat to an animal hospital for treatment. Talk to experts like Marcum Road Animal Hospital for more information.