Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: northern Minnesota
Re: PLEASE HELP!
It is extremely kind of you to have taken in this injured and apparently malnourished kitty, and I know you are trying to do everything possible to help her. Please, however, do NOT give her any more Rimadyl. Pfizer (the manufacturer of Rimadyl) states that Rimadyl must not be given to cats and that a vet should be called immediately if a cat has ingested Rimadyl. There is no pain reliever or anti-inflammatory that is safe to give to an emaciated cat unless under the specific instruction of a vet. Many meds that are perfectly safe for dogs can cause serious problems for cats.
As far as the wound is concerned, clean it with mild soap and water. As someone else mentioned, hydrogen peroxide is too harsh and can damage tissues and retard healing.
Clavamox is a good antibiotic, but again, the dosage would have to be carefully determined based on the weight, age, and overall condition of the cat. An emaciated cat is likely to be much more drug sensitive than a cat at a healthy weight.
If possible, I strongly recommend that you call your vet tomorrow morning at home and explain the situation so that he can guide you in the proper care of the cat until you can get her into the clinic.
I wish you all the best.