Frostbite Treatment

When a cat is exposed to extreme cold, frostbite will likely occur. The areas of a cat most usually to be affected are the ears, tail, and feet. Tissue damage results as circulation is impaired. At the start, the skin will appear pale. As thawing starts to occur, the skin will become, hot, red, and swollen. Peeling can sometimes also occur later on. It is very important to use caution when handling a cat who is suffering from frostbite because the skin will be extremely painful to the touch.

To treat frostbite, the first thing to do is to move the cat to a warm area. Next you will want to immerse the affected area in warm (never use hot) water or apply warm moist packs until the area appears flushed. Never massage or rub the areas, you risk causing further damage if you do. Afterwards apply an antibiotic ointment and then immediately get the cat to a veterinarian. The vet may prescribe oral antibiotics to prevent infection and a pain reliever as well.

It is important to keep in mind that frostbitten areas later become more susceptible to cold.

To prevent frostbite, keep your cat indoors when the weather is very cold. If you feed any strays around your home, try to provide access to dry shelter.

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  1. Can a cat get frostbite? - QuestionBin - Intelligent Answers for Smart Questions::Answer says:

    […] Yes. A cat can get frostbite. Just because it has fur does not mean it does not get cold. They get frostbite on ears, tail and feet most often. When a cat is exposed to extreme cold, frostbite will likely occur. The areas of a cat most usually to be affected are the ears, tail, and feet. Tissue damage results as circulation is impaired. At the start, the skin will appear pale. As thawing starts to occur, the skin will become, hot, red, and swollen. Peeling can sometimes also occur later on. It is very important to use caution when handling a cat who is suffering from frostbite because the skin will be extremely painful to the touch. Source […]