Is it Safe to Use Neosporin on a Cat with Cuts or Scratches?

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We wouldn’t advise using Neosporin on a cat unless you have explicit approval from a vet. Neosporin is an antibiotic ointment used by humans to treat minor skin injuries. Naturally, some cat owners may feel it would also be safe to use for cats that are affected by minor skin conditions including cuts, scratches, and scabs.

The problem is that some topical medications designed for human can cause dangerous reactions in cats. Ointments like Neosporin are also not designed to be ingested and there is a risk that a cat may lick off any ointment that gets applied to his body. Deep skin wounds must be treated by a vet. Any minor skin injuries should be cleaned and dressed without the use of medications designed for humans.

Disclaimer: The content on is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.

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