Put sugar on the boo-boo

Stylin' in my cat groomer shirt

From The Sweet Side of Managing Open Wounds. Veterinary Practice News

“Honey also has antibacterial properties through four mechanisms: it lowers the wound’s water content (i.e. it increases its osmolarity); it is highly acidic (pH 3.6-4.5); it attracts macrophages; and it is a substrate for ongoing production of a very low concentration of hydrogen peroxide (H202), which kills bacteria.”

“Like honey, sugar deodorizes the wound, decreases edema, attracts macrophages, speeds up debridement and forms a protective layer.”

Why cats bite. (We’ll never know why.)

Cats aren’t people. They don’t think like people. They’re a whole different ball of twine.  So when people ask me why their cat bites, my answer is simple. Don’t think about it. Just fix it.

Since we don’t speak the same language as felines, we have to use our great big brains to guess how to fix the situation.  Maybe using toys to play with the cat instead of using our hands will end the biting.  Maybe the cat is bored and needs a half hour a day of play time with the owner. Maybe the cat has a sore spot and needs to see the vet.  There are all sorts of fixes to try out.

If we try to psychoanalyze kitty, we’re going to wind up needing therapy ourselves.  How do I keep myself bite-free when I groom cats? I try to be very gentle. I groom in quiet homes, instead of noisy salons.  And I wear protective gear, because if kitty wants to bite, she’s going to bite.

A cat is not a furry person
A cat is not a furry person