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First aid for cat : how to bandage an eye ?

Reminder :
BEFORE helping an animal, you need to :
– Protect yourself, protect the present persons, and protect the animal : held the animal, establish a safety zone, or go away from a danger zone, and put gloves on.
– Give warnings : warn the veterinarian, and if needed the police or the fire brigades.

An eye wound is one of the only cases in which we cannot put a muzzle to the cat !

How to bandage an eye ?

Immobilize the cat by means of a Clipnosis clip for example.


Rinse the eye as good as possible with some physiological salt solution, and be careful that the liquid doesn’t pour into the other eye. The eye to be washed has to be on the floor side, and the rinsing must be made towards the outside. Wet a compress with some physiological salt solution and put it on the wounded eye. Provide some physiological salt solution to moisten the bandage afterward : the eye should never get dry !

An about 2m band (6.5 ft) is needed to bandage a cat eye. Any bandage begins with a holding turn to hold the beginning of the band in position. For an eye, the holding turn is made on the forehead and passes in front of ears and on the bones of the jaw.

  • Begin from the TOP of the head and go BEHIND the ear opposite diagonally.
  • Go UNDER the neck and join the back of the other ear.
  • Go to the summit of the head and come down in diagonal in the direction of the snout covering the first eye.
  • Go UNDER the snout and go back up in diagonal towards the top of the head covering the second eye.
  • Go BEHIND the ear and go back under the neck.
  • Repeat.

Our friend Fluffy friendly agreed to help us to make this video :

At the end of the bandage, attach the end of the band at the summit of the head, and fix well with the plaster.

Why to bandage both eyes while a single eye is hurt ?

The cat’s eyes don’t move independently of each other : the muscles of both eyes work simultaneously. If an eye looks in a direction, the other, even bandaged, will follow the movement. The movements of the free eye could aggravate the hurts of the already hurt eye which would also move, reason why it’s always necessary to bandage both eyes in case of lesion in one eye.

See also :
First aid for cat : the bases
First aid for cat : how to bandage a paw ?
First aid for cat : how to bandage an ear ?

First aid for cat : how to bandage an ear ?

Reminder :
BEFORE helping an animal, you need to :
– Protect yourself, protect the present persons, and protect the animal : muzzle the animal and held him, establish a safety zone, or go away from a danger zone, and put gloves on.
– Give warnings : warn the veterinarian, and if needed the police or the fire brigades.

How to bandage an ear ?

Before making the bandage, put a compress bent over backwards into the auricle to prevent the blood from passing inside, and if possible clean and disinfect the wound before putting a compress on it. Fold the wounded ear lengthwise and stick her on the top of the skull.

An about 2m band (6.5 ft) is needed to bandage a cat ear. Any bandage begins with a holding turn to hold the beginning of the band in position. For an ear, the holding turn is made on the forehead and passes in front of ears and on the bones of the jaw.

  • Pass the band on the wounded ear.
  • Go BEHIND the other ear.
  • Go under the jaw.
  • Pass on the wounded ear.
  • Go IN FRONT of the other ear.
  • Repeat.

Zorro agrees to present this bandage, but without the compress in the ear :

At the end of the bandage, attach the end of the band under the last turn, and fix well with the plaster.

This bandage is also suitable for dogs with straight ears. For a dog with floppy ears like our friends Tommy ou Bentley, don’t fold the wounded ear at the very beginning of the bandage, but turn it flat over on the top of the skull.

See also :
First aid for cat : the bases
First aid for cat : how to bandage a paw ?

First aid for cat : how to bandage a paw ?

Reminder :
BEFORE helping an animal, you need to :
– Protect yourself, protect the present persons, and protect the animal : muzzle the animal and held him, establish a safety zone, or go away from a danger zone, and put gloves on.
– Give warnings : warn the veterinarian, and if needed the police or the fire brigades.

How to bandage a paw ?

If there is a small wound, you need to clean it if possible, to disinfect it, and to put a compress on it before making the bandage.

An about 2m band (6.5 ft) is needed to bandage a cat paw. Any bandage begins with a holding turn to hold the beginning of the band in position. For a paw, the holding turn is made under the joint.

  • Begin from the TOP of the paw and come down in diagonal up to the end of the paw.
  • Cover well the end of the paw, and go back up UNDER the paw, by following the same diagonal.
  • Go to the other side of the paw by following the holding turn OVER the paw.
  • Come down in diagonal UNDER the paw up to the end of this one.
  • Cover well the end of the paw, and go back up ON the paw, by following the same diagonal.
  • Go to the other side of the paw by following the holding turn UNDER paw.
  • Repeat.

Our friend Fluffy kindly agreed to help us to make this video :

To wrap the paw well, diagonals will be slightly moved, what will reveal a chevron motive on the bandage.

At the end of the bandage, nail the end of the band under the last turn, and fix well with plaster.