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5 Common Accident Related Injuries for Cats

Cats don’t have nine lives, and no one knows this better than a veterinarian.

In order of the number of claims in 2013:

• Soft-tissue trauma — bruise or contusion
• Lacerations or bite wounds
• Scratch or wound on the eye
• Mouth trauma or fractured tooth
• Abrasions or superficial wounds

In all, these five conditions accounted for more than $281,000 in claims at VPI. A veterinarian can see some trends if your cats have these injuries often. One way to avoid these accidents — keep your cat indoors. But if you have an outdoor cat, be aware of new injuries.


Of the top five accident claims for cats, being outdoors is arguably an increased risk factor for them all. Cats who roam freely are more likely to be hit by cars, attacked by other animals (such as dogs or coyotes) or get into fights with other cats.

Being hit by a car can account for many of our patients’ soft-tissue traumas, as well as abrasions and possibly fractured teeth. And those cats who end up being counted in the data are the lucky ones who survive being hit and make it home — many do not.

While lacerations can also result from being hit by a car, bite wounds are from other animals. A scratch or wound on the eye can also often be the result of an encounter with another animal. And while some of these accidents may involve altercations between indoor pets living in the same household, many do not.

Keeping cats inside significantly reduces the risk of these five types of injuries. I know that some people believe cats cannot be happy inside, but there are many resources that can help you make your cat’s indoor home a happy one. The data suggest a longer, healthier life for your cat if she’s on the inside of your screen door, rather than on the outside.


Call us if you see any new cuts, scratches, or abrasions on any of your pets.

Our resources and articles originate from other sources such as VetStreet and PetMD, and are meant for general pet care information. This article comes from the website. Please contact our office directly for specific questions concerning your pets or any other animals you may come into contact with. This article was written by Dr. Carol Mcconnell, March 6, 2014.

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