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Minor Burns On Cats: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

Minor burns often happen when hot objects are accidentally dropped onto cats or when cats walk on hot surfaces. In some cases, chemicals can also cause burns on cats.

These burns can result in the loss of hair and a reddening of the skin, but the actual layers of skin remain intact. They’re also classified as first degree burns.

If you see the signs of a minor burn on your cat, then you must get to a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for minor burns on cats.

Symptoms Of Minor Burns On Cats

Symptoms of minor burns on cats usually appear on the most outer layer of the skin, which is known as the epidermis.

Signs to look for include:

  • A loss of hair
  • Singed hair
  • Visible redness of the skin

Additionally, cats may show signs that they’re in physical pain or try to avoid using the area of the body that has suffered a burn.

Causes Of Minor Burns On Cats

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The usual cause of minor burns on cats is skin contact with something hot. This could be an instance like boiling water or hot oil being accidentally splashing on a cat.

Alternatively, a cat might leap up onto a hot surface and burn themselves that way. Make sure your cat cannot jump onto hot stoves, radiators, space heaters, or other hot surfaces.

Open flames from candles or fireplaces can burn cats and create a fire hazard. Pets cause several housefires each year, so take precautions and do not let your cat near open flames.

Harsh chemicals and their fumes, including drain cleaners and acids, can also cause a cat to suffer burns.

Treatments For Minor Burns In Cats

If you suspect that your cat is suffering from a minor burn, you can apply a cool, wet cloth to the area to help reduce the heat. Next, dry the affected area, and then apply aloe vera gel.

Many minor burns can be treated at home, although it is always advisable to call or consult with your regular vet to make sure that you are not inadvertently making the condition worse. If your vet gives you any advice about treating burns yourself, make sure you follow their instructions closely.

Thankfully, many minor burns will heal by themselves quite quickly.

Has your cat ever gotten a minor burn? How did you help your cat recover? Let us know in the comments section below!

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