I live in India and I have a semi-stray cat. We feed him daily and he goofs around in our backyard for most of the day. However, he seems to be very active nowadays and picks up fights with other cats in the mating season.
The one occasional scratch is fine, but last week he got beat up pretty bad and is missing a 2 cm2 patch of skin on his front right elbow and internal flesh is exposed. It looks pretty bad. I had a look at the following questions:
Now the problem is, he is wary of my any attempts to even catch him and runs away. And I don't have access to traps. The most he is allowing me to do is to douse the area with tincture of iodine.
I'm sure if this is not treated, he will not make it. What can be done now? Shall I sedate him first with some medicine, or use oral antibiotics? Will this heal by itself?