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Day 262: Salt In the Wounds

Several months ago, I posted about our barn cat Fluffy. She doesn't actually belong to us, but rather to our entire tiny neighborhood. To us, she is Fluffy. The neighbor across the street calls her Mama Cat. Next door she goes by Marmalade.

Fluffy Mama Marmalade is a friendly little thing. Not all the feral cats around here are, and sadly she gets picked on more than most.

My neighbor approached me today asking if I'd seen her, as he hadn't seen her in the neighborhood lately. I told him I had found her last week with a huge hole in her flank and three-legged lame. Another cat fight apparently and one that earned her a convalescent period in my bathroom.

Since he has much more experience with injured animals, I brought him in to take a peek at her. He said the wound appeared to be healing. He also told me she would let us know when she was ready to be back outside by making a fuss at the door. He has done more than his share of convalescing her too.

The wound was fairly gory, actually. I believe it abscessed, since she got a swelling the size of a golf ball that eventually burst open. I won't share all the details, except to say... yuck.

It is looking much nicer now, and I attribute that to the sea salt wash I give her every day. Sea salt is a miracle cure. We use it in my house all the time for cuts, scrapes, infections, and more.

My husband used it as a wash for a swollen eye. My daughter used it to cleanse ear piercings that just wouldn't heal.

A few years ago, I successfully used it on a chicken to heal a wing that had been ripped nearly clear off by a dog. You could see bone. It was horrid. But Chicken Jane is a fat sassy hen now, and even has regained most of the use of the wing. The power of sea salt, baby.

Sea salt is cleansing, helps reducing swelling and infection. Just about 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 cup of water is fine. Iodized salt burns, so it isn't a good substitute. But sea salt is a miracle cure in our house. Try it!

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