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First Aid for Heat Burns in Cats

Burned cats need first aid.

Your cat may receive a heat burn from contact with a flame, walking on a hot surface like a stove burner, or touching hot liquids.

Signs of Heat Burn in Cats

If your cat has been burned, you may see some or all of the following signs:

  • Singed fur
  • Red skin
  • Raw paw pads
  • Swelling
  • Blisters
  • Signs of pain like licking at the area and limping

First Aid for Cats That Have Been Burned

If you know or suspect that your cat has been burned by heat, you can perform the following first aid:

  • Wrap your cat in a towel to restrain her.
  • Gently flush the burned area with lukewarm water for 5 to 10 minutes. You can also immerse the area in water if it's in a spot that's reasonable to do so, like a paw, or you can apply a cool, wet washcloth (don't rub the burn). Note: If more than ¼ of your cat's body is burned, don't immerse the areas in cool water because it could encourage shock. Instead, place cool, damp cloths on the burns and head directly to the veterinarian.
  • Cover the burn with gauze and tape it in place. Make the bandage loose, not tight.
  • Take your cat to the veterinarian immediately.

To learn more about other emergency situations in cats and what to do, read "First Aid for Cats: An Overview."

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