Cats are extremely active creatures and just like kids we have to take care of our cats when they are in the range of chemicals, heated or electrically operated items. Cat chemical burn is very common in domestic cats due to possession of dangerous household chemicals inside the house. There are three different types of burns that can provide harm to your cat including:
- Electrical burn
- Thermal burn and
- Chemical burn
Electrical burn can occur if your cat chews on electrical wires and cords present in your house while thermal burn can occur due to contact with extremely heated objects such as fire, boiling water, etc.
Chemical burns-what causes it?
Chemical burn doesn’t usually occur on a routine basis as these types of burns occur due to contact with harmful chemicals. Chemical burns can occur due to
- Reed diffuser
- Weed killer
- Battery acid
- Toilet cleaner
Chemical burns are also considered very dangerous as they can cause external harm as well as internal harm to your cat. If the chemical accidentally fell on the coat of your cat then the chances are that it will only receive external injury but if your cat licked that chemical then the chemical will also enter its body and will harm the internal organs of the body.
Some of the cats also show sensitivity to flea products and receive burns when these things are sprinkled on their coats.
Symptoms of cat chemical burn:
If you suspect that your cat has received chemical burn then you just need to analyze your cat’s coat closely. Upon receiving the chemical burn, the hair of cat’s coat will start falling at very fast pace. Once the hair has fallen and bald area can be seen, then you will see burned patches on the hairless skin. These burned areas will be bright red in color and your cat will feel immense pain due to these burns.
The skin will also start contracting upon receiving the chemical burns. You will also detect sores on the face of your cat and if your cat has licked the chemical then these sores will also be present inside your cat’s mouth. Next, your cat might also fall into shock due to chemical burns. If your cat is revealing pale gums, the pulse is getting weak, and your cat is having trouble moving around or standing for long durations then it means that your cat is in shock.
Treatment for chemical burns:
- You must remove your cat’s collar and then start washing the burned area.
- The burned area must be washed for at least 20 to 25 minutes with lukewarm water or you can also use cool water.
- You must protect yourself from getting burned due to chemical present on the cat’s body so you must only touch your cat after wearing gloves and glasses.
- Don’t apply any sort of medicine and wash with extreme care as chemical can harm the other parts of the body too.
- If your cat has licked or eaten the chemicals then you must wash his mouth too.
At the end you must cover and wrap your cat in a towel and rush it to a reliable vet.