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Ever been scrached in the face?

post #1 of 29
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Yesterday I was medicating a cat at the shelter. He's about 10 and has always been a super sweet guy! I love this cat and would actually love to take him home if I could. He scratched one of the other volunteers in the hand and I thought he did it accidently. I thought no way Ricky is way too sweet to do that on purpose. I had him on top of a cage trying to get the pill in and about the 3rd or 4th time I tried he reached out & swiped at me. He caught me just above the lip & a tiny bit in the lip. I've been caught in the cheek by my Jordan, but man that was nothing compared to this. First of all he needs his claws clipped and I keep Jordan's claws preety short. It actually made my eye water on that side of my face. I thought it would swell up, but it didn't. I'm curious to know how many other people have been clawed in the face. I was supprised by him, but I still love him. I know if someone was trying to shove a pill down my throat I'd be angry too!
post #2 of 29
I had a momma cat who was insane latch onto my face with 4 paws & hang on for dear life. They had a hard time un-attaching her from my face. Hurt like heck & my face got kinda swollen.
post #3 of 29
One time when I first got Skye and her kittens she catepulted off my face. I had nocked over a pan and she got scared flew off the counter onto my face stopped there for a second and then pushed off and over the baby gate. I was just gushing blood. My face swelled up but thankfully it didnt get infected. Ive been scartched bby a couple ferals and semi ferals in the face before nothing quite as bad as what Skye did though.
post #4 of 29
I was aggravating Marcie (whoda thunkit, a provoked cat will actually lash out?) and she reached out and got me right in the corner of my eye. The scratch went from the inside corner of my eye about .5in toward my nose.

Boy did I feel stupid.

So, a week or two later, I did it again with the same results.

Lucky for me, I trim her claws so they aren't razor sharp.
post #5 of 29
I have, but nothing bad, it was usually an accident when I had it happen. When I get scratched on my hand it swells and itches something fierce, so I hope I nevr have to experience a bad face scratch
post #6 of 29
I've never been really scratched, but Mischief has "tapped" a little too hard a time or two trying to wake me up. He drew a little spot of blood on the tip of my chin a couple of times.
post #7 of 29
Yes, but that was really my fault.

I was around 8-9 years old and a friend of mine had a really sweet, laidback tabby and white female cat.

I was playing with her and remembered how much fun I found it to be thrown high in the air and then caught again. So I decided that the cat would enjoy it too (I mean I thought it was awesome when it was done to me) and threw her high up in the air. Unsuprisingly the cat got terrified and extended all her claws as she was flying through the air and on the way down she scratched my cheek.

I caught her and she was fine, I was also mostly ok and realised immediately how stupid I'd been.

Needless to say that was the only time I've ever thrown a cat up into the air.
post #8 of 29
When I first got Sibohan she scratched me by accident right under the eye. I was laying in bed playing with her and I had put my glasses on. She saw the reflection and lashed out at it and I caught a claw under the right eye. It healed up fine, but it was a bit of a shock
post #9 of 29
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Wow some of these make my little scratch sound like nothing. I'm just glad it didn't swell. I was sure I was going to look like had been in a fight. I pill Jordan every day and I forgot that pilling a shelter cat is not like pilling your own. He really is a good guy and maybe I trusted him too much. I have been scratched a bunch of times,but I think the only one that comes as close on the pain scale is when Isaac fell in the bath with me & freaked out and pushed off on my arm.
post #10 of 29
When I was a kid I got scratched in the face. It was my fault though. It didn't scar, and didn't swell up. I've had it happen a few other times too. With my current crew bites are much more likely, they are all front declawed. Nabu gave me a nasty bite a few years ago, I was closing a window and he stuck his hand in the window as I was closing it. Poor guy got his finger pinched, and in the process of throwing the window open he bit me. It's the only cat bite I've ever had that got somewhat infected and I'm sure it was that horrible "New Skin" stuff I used instead of a bandaid and bacitracin.

I worked at a shelter for a few years and I have more scars from dog scratches than anything.
post #11 of 29
I was scratched by my friend's Mom's cat when I was a kid & still have a small scar that is on the outline of my lip up into the skin. I don't remember provoking the cat, just remember sitting on the chair with the cat there, playing & he scratched me.
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by Rang_27 View Post
Yesterday I was medicating a cat at the shelter. He's about 10 and has always been a super sweet guy! I love this cat and would actually love to take him home if I could. He scratched one of the other volunteers in the hand and I thought he did it accidently. I thought no way Ricky is way too sweet to do that on purpose. I had him on top of a cage trying to get the pill in and about the 3rd or 4th time I tried he reached out & swiped at me. He caught me just above the lip & a tiny bit in the lip. I've been caught in the cheek by my Jordan, but man that was nothing compared to this. First of all he needs his claws clipped and I keep Jordan's claws preety short. It actually made my eye water on that side of my face. I thought it would swell up, but it didn't. I'm curious to know how many other people have been clawed in the face. I was supprised by him, but I still love him. I know if someone was trying to shove a pill down my throat I'd be angry too!
Oh dear. I just wonder what the shelter will do, will kitty be pts?

The shelter i was at if they did it two or three times, that meant they were unpredictable and they couldn't sell them There was a beautiful girl called Heather, she was a b&w tuxedo dsh, she was picky about who she liked, but she took to me instantly. One day months into work, i come in and wonder where she is, and they tell me she was a risk because she scratched two people in a week!!


That annoys me, everyone's been scratched by their own cats, it's normal. And it wasn't at all vicious. Some kitties just get scared or annoyed.
post #13 of 29
One time my friend's cat actually hooked his claw into my right eye hole and started stretching/pulling the skin on the outer corner. That was fun as hell.
post #14 of 29
Kit likes to walk across our faces when we're sleeping. One time, he accidentally got me with his claw while doing that. Another time, I was holding him and something scared him, so he tried to jump away... well, he pushed off my face and caught me on the inside of my bottom lip. Nothing to write home about, but not fun!
post #15 of 29
One day Swanie was (I think) trying to jump up on the headboard from the floor, missed, and ended up in my face. I got a pretty good scratch out of it, on my forehead near the hairline. We're talking about a 16 pound cat - a really fun way to wake up, I can tell you.
post #16 of 29
EEp, how scary! I have thankfully never been scratched in the face.

I hope your lip is okay!
post #17 of 29
Not scratched, but Bella bit me (lightly) on the bridge of the nose once
post #18 of 29
Not deliberate scratches, but Sonic does have a habit of sleeping right next to or even on my face - he usually manages to tread on my face at least once while he's turning around and getting comfy, so I've had a few small scratches from that. Nothing major though!
post #19 of 29
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Oh dear. I just wonder what the shelter will do, will kitty be pts?
No way. He will be just fine. We are a no-kill shelter. The only way we put them down is if it is medically necessary. If we find that a cat is more sensitive we are just carefull about who we adopt them to. I would adopt him before I'd let him be PTS for scratching me.

Sometimes I'm amazed at the animals that other shelters call unadoptable. We actually just adopted out a cat that another shelter had deemed unadoptable and wanted to put down. She was very sweet, but a little shy around people. We had her all of 2 months & found her a good home.
post #20 of 29
I have- by Abilene, my kitty that lives with my mom. She was born a feral, and still to this day acts like one on occassion. One day i was in the bathroom washing my face. She was sitting on the counter watching (like she always does) then out of the middle of nowhere she just slapped the devil out of me...she cut a huge gash into the side of my face from my eye down to my nose. I about killed her for that one Thankfully though it didn't scar.
post #21 of 29
Yep, Carlo got me last week while I was brushing him

I find it hurts more on the cheek than when they catch what seems like a more soft piece of skin (mouth etc)

the one that hurt the most was when a cat stuck a claw up my nose
post #22 of 29
My worst face scratch was on a day that I was moving years ago. Poor baby was scared and raced through the house, leaped on the sofa arm where I was sitting and tried to cut a diagonal to the back. Unfortunately my face was there. She caught me from the corner of my eye and it extended to my ear. By the time I stood up and got to the bathroom, the blood was hitting the floor.

That was the first time I moved when I had cats. I've gotten wiser since then.
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by Siggav View Post
Yes, but that was really my fault.

I was around 8-9 years old and a friend of mine had a really sweet, laidback tabby and white female cat.

I was playing with her and remembered how much fun I found it to be thrown high in the air and then caught again. So I decided that the cat would enjoy it too (I mean I thought it was awesome when it was done to me) and threw her high up in the air. Unsuprisingly the cat got terrified and extended all her claws as she was flying through the air and on the way down she scratched my cheek.

I caught her and she was fine, I was also mostly ok and realised immediately how stupid I'd been.

Needless to say that was the only time I've ever thrown a cat up into the air.
Sorry but that is just Hilarious!. I can just picture you thinking "oh this kitty is so nice. I want her to have the ultimate fun. Yeah, thrown in the air and caught, that is awesome!".

OOPS!
post #24 of 29
At the shelter where I volunteer, I got little sharp feral claws hooked deep into the skin just under my eyes twice in one week. Different cats, too! I took it as a sign that I should wear my glasses when I'm working there...
post #25 of 29
hmm from a cat no.
i have a couple of marks from, one where i was to slow and got cut with a knife,lol its the white area in my face furr.
also some cuts from glass.

lol the cats scratchs i have on my arms and stomach are where i get lazy and forget to trim there claws.
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by Siggav View Post
Needless to say that was the only time I've ever thrown a cat up into the air.
Wow, that's the best "wrap-up" line ever!

I haven't been scratched in the face, yet (knock on wood!), but a couple of weeks ago, Loki had it in his head that it would be just awesome to bite me on the nose. Hard. Every other day. I'm not sure why he stopped; whether it was because I yelled in pain every time he did it or maybe I just got more cautious.

My sister got scratched a couple of times in the face when we were babies. She has a scar on her upper lip and one on her eyebrow. 2 of the 3 cats my parents had then did not like us at all. The reason my sister got scratched and not me was because I could crawl away from them, and my sister couldn't crawl and just sat there. (She never crawled; one day she stood up and started walking, sometime after the scratching.) I don't know why they scratched her. My sister doesn't remember either at all. In fact, both of us just thought they were natural marks on her face!

Tricia
post #27 of 29
Mosi got me in the eye once. I had to go to A&E to get it seen but they said there was no damage and it was too near the eyeball to put anything on it so I just had a multi coloured eye for a few days. Fortunately he just caught me on the inside of my lower eyelid and didnt' get his claw stuck into my actual eye. I got rather sick of the jokes at work about walking into doors and getting into fights

It wasn't deliberate and my fault really. We were playing hide and seek and Mosi was hiding under the duvet on my bed. I stuck my head under the duvet and said "where's Mosi.." and he showed me with a nice right hook.
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by urbantigers View Post
It wasn't deliberate and my fault really. We were playing hide and seek and Mosi was hiding under the duvet on my bed. I stuck my head under the duvet and said "where's Mosi.." and he showed me with a nice right hook.
Sorry but I can't help smiling at that - because I tried that a couple of times with Radar, and he really packs a punch! Fortunately he didn't ever catch me with his claws, but it certainly made my eye water!
post #29 of 29
Isaac was having a lovely languid yawn/stretch while lying on my chest/neck and his little sharp claw just caught the top of my lip. Man, that smarted for a good week!
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