Causes of Staph Infection in Cats
- The specific bacteria that causes staph infections in cats is staphylococcus.
- The infection occurs when the nasty bug enters into the skin through a tiny scratch or wound and begins to multiply massively and rapidly.
- These infections may be also be caused by allergies to food, or parasites. The staph infection can definitely be spread from animal to animal or animal to humans.
- These dangerous bacteria known as staphylococcus can easily turn into a super potent bug called MRSA.
- The big concern is with antibiotics being used TOO much and the cats system builds up resistance to them. The staph infection in cats can actually escalate into this MRSA which is a serious germ that antibiotics will not help.
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Symptoms and Treatments of Staph Infection in Cats
- Be on the alert for common signs of a staph invasion. There may be redness and inflammation or swelling, lesions that have pus in them, fur lost, and scaliness present. There will be pain and discomfort.
Treatments of Staph Infection in Cats
- Prevention of infections is of utmost importance. Clean out any cuts or scrapes promptly with a good antibacterial or antiseptic.
- A diet full of nutrients is crucial to preventing the cat from picking up infections.
- Steer clear of any areas that have large numbers of cats housed, such as kennels, boarding homes and even pet show environments.
- The most important home treatment you can put into place to prevent an infection or while treating one is good hand washing before and especially after handling your cat.
- Natural remedies that will help to clean out your cats system and give the immune system a boost are shark cartilage, vitamin E, echinacea, milk thistle and dandelion.
- Other helpful measures include a couple drops of oil of oregano 3x daily in yogurt.
- Yogurt increases what is called the, “Good bacteria.”
- Manuka honey lotion is available to use as an antiseptic first aid treatment. The honey treatment is also available to use on wounds. Honey is acidic so bacteria can’t thrive. It works as a drawing agent to literally pull infections out by causing a lack of water to the bacteria cells. It serves as an antibacterial, an anti fungal and an antimicrobial.