Although dogs tend not to attack cats as much as they do in cartoons and tv shows, it can still happen, especially if you have an outdoor cat that lets its guard down when outside roaming around. Most cats will be able to escape a dog that is chasing them by climbing a tree or wall before the dog is able to lock its jaws on the cat but this is not always the case.
We have noticed a steady number of people reaching out to ask about their cat being attacked by a dog but the dog not drawing blood in the attack. Many of the people who reach out are rightfully worried about their cat and want advice on what they should do as well as how they are able to make sure that their pet cat is ok. As we have seen so many people reaching out to ask about what to do if their cat is attacked by a dog but there is no blood, we have decided to publish our own article on the topic.
Our hope is that we will be able to help as many of our readers as possible while also helping you check your cat over for various potential issues and help you nurse it back to a full recovery. That said though, If you notice anything seriously off with your pet cat or see any signs of infection developing on the bite area then you should definitely book a video call with a veterinarian to have them check your cat over.
My Cat Was Attacked By A Dog But There’s No Blood!
Although a dog attack on a cat may not draw blood, there are other potentially serious problems that you should look out for ranging from heightened stress and anxiety levels to potential infection if the cat has been bitten or scratched by the dog. Mental trauma is usually easy to notice in your cat as their behaviour will often be totally different to normal but mental trauma can be very difficult to treat.
Now, we intentionally focused on the negative, serious things to watch out for in your cat in the paragraph above to try and stress to our readers that they can commonly occur in a cat after being attacked by a dog even if no blood is drawn. In many cases, your cat will be totally fine and not have any of these issues but it is important that you keep an eye out for them and monitor the behaviour of your cat.
If the dog did manage to bite or claw your cat, you should try to apply some type of pet safe anti-septic spray to the area where the skin is broken or marked. This can reduce the chances of an infection developing and drastically reduce the risk of one of the more common problems that cats experience after being attacked by a dog.
What Should You Look For In A Cat After A Dog Attack?
The main things that you need to look out for in a cat after a dog has attacked it, even if the attack did not draw blood from your cat is signs of the cat hiding, not eating, being more reserved, meowing for now reason, and being aggressive to members of the home. These can all indicate high levels of mental trauma in the cat and although many cats will often be fine after being attacked by a dog, a large number will have mental problems.
It takes a surprisingly large amount of love, time, effort, and care to help reduce these mental issues in your cat after a dog attack. With most people not understanding just how much love and care is required to build your cat back up to help it get back to its old self and unfortunately, in some cases, the cat may never make a full mental recovery due to the trauma it has experienced.
Although pet dogs tend to respond better to food and treats, they can still work as a way to help get your cat to trust you again but regular food will rarely work. You will almost always have to use some high value cat treats and if your cats mental trauma after the attack is preventing it from eating, this may be one of the only ways to get food into your cat too.
Cat Traumatized After Dog Attack
One of the more serious signs of a cat being traumatized after a dog attack is that the cat will constantly shake throughout the day due to having no control over its neves. This can sometimes lead to serious problems in the cat if left untreated but in the majority of cases, you will need to get treatment option from your vet to help chemically calm your cat down.
Depending on how bad your cat’s situation is, these treatments can range from having to be injected with something to help calm it down to edible treats that have ingredients in them that will help calm your cat. The best way to get the ideal treatment for your cat’s specific situation is to book a video call with a veterinarian and have them assess your cat’s situation to issue a treatment.
Some people have reported that using a potent cat nip formula has been able to help their cat relax after a dog attack but this can be a double edged sword. Although there are plenty of reports from people saying that cat nip helped to calm their cat down, there are almost as many reporting that it made the situation worse in their cat so its around a fifty-fifty split. Depending on your situation, you may want to try a small amount of cat nip rather than getting a treatment plan from a vet to see if it is able to help calm your cat down.
That brings our article going over what to do if your cat is attacked by dog and no blood is drawn to an end. We hope that we have been able to help our readers better understand how they should be trying to care for their cats after an attack and help nurse them back to full health. As we mentioned above though, this can take a large amount of time and effort to get your cat back to full health so try not to expect a quick and easy fix.