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Bit by a feral cat

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hello,

        I feed and take in feral cats and find them homes. There is a female cat that had kittens a few months ago that Ive been working on for a while now. One of her kittens got its foot stuck in out fence and was hanging there so naturally I tried to unstick it and it bit me several times in several locations on both of my hands ( The only reason I can type right now is cause I took a pain killer). I wasnt sure if I should go to the hospital and if I need to get any shots or if its infected but it does hurt horibly and I cannot make a full fist bending it hurts to much. Any suggestions or reccomendations.

post #2 of 20

Best to take the safe and go to the hospital, or at least, a well equipped surgeon doc place.

 

Cat bites gives easily infections, and they may also be deep.  You could got injuries in sensitive places, tendons and or leads...

 

The only you really dont need to fear now is rabies,  as the kitten had good reason to bite.

 

I know you were in a hurry, but the old lesson of every rescuer is to use protective gloves, thick clothes, and preferably also protective googles, or at least, some other sort of eye-glasses,

 

Asap to nearest doc!   This is more than just some scratches to use your home remedyies on.

 

 

Good luck!   *vibes*

post #3 of 20

ps  you CAN wash of freely with lots of warm water, preferably a saline solution...  profusely.

If you have some mild bacteria killer, you can pour it too...  ASAP.

 

But go to the hospital too.

post #4 of 20

And you might want to be kind of vague about the cat who bit you.  Otherwise, Animal Control may try to trap the cat and at the very least quarantine it (unless you can prove it has been vaccinated against rabies).

post #5 of 20
Definitely go to the ER! I've been badly bitten in the hand twice. The first time I waited a few hours, and my hand swelled horribly. I ended up getting surgery, my whole arm was in a cast, and the wound had to be reopened every day, then every other day, by a surgeon for a week. I was on antibiotics for several weeks, painkillers for about two. I was told that a cat bite was much more serious than a dog bite and to go to the ER immediately after any bite. The second time I did, was whisked in to see a doctor ahead of all the other people waiting as soon as I said "cat bite", the wound was cleaned and I was given antibiotics. Result: no infection. The first time I also got a tetanus shot because I wasn't up to date.
post #6 of 20

Run, do not walk, to the ER or your doctor.  Almost all cat bites get infected to some extent, and you will need to be treated for the infection aggressively and thoroughly.

post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post

Run, do not walk, to the ER or your doctor.  Almost all cat bites get infected to some extent, and you will need to be treated for the infection aggressively and thoroughly.

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I understand being in a place where you put yourself at risk trying to help any cat in distress - even knowing that risk I'd probably do the same - BUT, with the knowledge that I was bitten I'd be seeing the ER or the Doctor right after, too.  

 

I think someone on this forum was in a Cat show when her cat bit her and she almost waited too long before seeking medical attention. I learned from her story that I should never let a bite go without getting medical attention no matter how small the bite might be.

 

There are some gruesome pics on the web if you want to see what happens when a wound gets infected from a cat bite. smile.gif

 

Hope you are well, and the kitten is doing good, too.

post #8 of 20
I absolutely agree that you should get to the doctor right away. Cat bites can become seriously infected very quickly. I would also agree with Ritz and be unsure about which cat bit you because animal control will come out and set traps. It really wasn't the kittens fault OR your fault - you were just trying to free the feral kitten from the fence. I learned the hard way once too, always where protective gloves when dealing with hands-on contact with feral cats. The most important thing, though, right now, is to get yourself medical attention. Please let us know!!!!!! vibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gif
post #9 of 20
I was bitten a nad scratched badly by a feral who was attacking my cats, and although I went to the ER immediately I got an infection that abcessed and I had to have 6 weeks of daily treatment. Cat bites are not to be messed with.
post #10 of 20

Curious-does anyone in rescue/showing also have a supply of antibiotics on hand?  Sometimes IV would be needed supplied by dr/hospital but starting right away could really help reduce chance of animal control,infection and cost.  I know its helped me in past.

post #11 of 20

My cat bit me at the vets at 5pm - too late for the local small injuries clinic.  It was quite swollen and red the next morning, had 7 days (or was it 10?) of a big dose of Flufloxacillin, the GP had a student in with him and explained to her that they ALWAYS treat cat bites.  A friend was taken to A&E and was put on two different types of antibiotic - that was a cat in her boarding cattery that did the damage.

post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by catsallaround View Post

Curious-does anyone in rescue/showing also have a supply of antibiotics on hand?  Sometimes IV would be needed supplied by dr/hospital but starting right away could really help reduce chance of animal control,infection and cost.  I know its helped me in past.

I rescue cats - and - we have 9 cats living inside with us.  I have alcohol in every room as well as a tube of antibiotics. Because I have a FeLV cat I also keep a container of bleach solution to wash his dishes - I wouldn't think twice about sticking my hand into that solution if necessary.

 

Here's an interesting link:  http://www.feralcatbehavior.com/782/stray-cats-and-cat-bites.html

 

 

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What to do about a cat bite or a scratch:
Statistics show that 80% of cat bites become infected. I keep an emergency cat bite box available in my cat room upstairs. Inside, I have a basin- epsom salts, betadine solution, hydrogen peroxide, small container of bleach, 4×4 squares, paper tape (doesn’t pull your hairs like regular tape does) and an antibacterial cream.

You should have your tetanus up-to-date if you do any sort of work with strays. If not, do not pass go, do not collect one-hundred dollars, beat your feet quickly to the nearest ER room and get that bite looked at as well as updating your shot.

post #13 of 20
My cat Hope is one of these who gets over-stimulated by petting, and always ends up biting me.... then she regrets and licks, licks and licks my hand laughing02.giflaughing02.giflaughing02.gif Anyways, I get bitten very very often - and always breaks the skin. I am so used to it, not even funny rolleyes.gif
I have a bottle of colloidal silver always handy - I wash the bite with soap and water, soak a cotton ball with Colloidal Silver, put on the top of the bite, and wrap some surgical tape around it - I then sleep with it. I do this immediately.
I have never gotten an infection - EVER.
I am not afraid of bites, not at the least...... I would, had I not have Colloidal Silver at home..... but it never failed me.
Because I get bitten often, I just make sure my tetanus shot is up to date.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by Carolina View Post

I have a bottle of colloidal silver always handy - I wash the bite with soap and water, soak a cotton ball with Colloidal Silver, put on the top of the bite, and wrap some surgical tape around it - I then sleep with it. I do this immediately.
I have never gotten an infection - EVER.
I am not afraid of bites, not at the least...... I would, had I not have Colloidal Silver at home..... but it never failed me.
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Good point - using the Colloidal Silver clap.gifclap.gifclap.gif Since you suggested this for Perla and I ordered the same kind you use - I have found I am using for many skin issues on both my cats, my dogs and us!!!! Really is great to have on hand. I have a problem with Pipsqueak going after the dogs and blaming them for anything and everything that goes wrong in the household. He scratched up Wilbur's ear a couple of weeks ago pretty badly. Within 24 hours of using the CS on Wibur's ear - it was already healing and scabbing up.
post #15 of 20

I have an unopened box with a bottle of Colloidal Silver - I bought it before a man was in the news with all of his skin BLUE!  So, I haven't even opened it. laughing02.gif

 

Here's just one link about that story:  http://askville.amazon.com/man-skin-turned-blue-fro-colloidal-silver-back-normal/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=58752533

 

Guess I'll have to see if the expiration date is still good, and keep it handy, ... and ... I guess I'll do more research on using Colloidial Silver.  smile.gif

post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by GloriaJH View Post

I have an unopened box with a bottle of Colloidal Silver - I bought it before a man was in the news with all of his skin BLUE!  So, I haven't even opened it. laughing02.gif

Here's just one link about that story:  http://askville.amazon.com/man-skin-turned-blue-fro-colloidal-silver-back-normal/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=58752533


Guess I'll have to see if the expiration date is still good, and keep it handy, ... and ... I guess I'll do more research on using Colloidial Silver.  smile.gif
That man took a ridiculous amount of CS, orally, for over 14 years.... yeah... you do that, it can do that to you....
CS has amazing properties, but people can be stupid with anything, really laughing02.gif
post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 

I ended up going to ER on Wed and had to have a tetnis shot  2 doses of strong antibiotics and pain killers they thought I was gonna need surgery at first but decided against it and sent me home 5 hours later with 2 weeks of strong antibiotics and pain killers Its doing a little better now lesson learned wear protection They thought about trapping cat but didnt thank god. He as well as siblings and mom are still in our back yard and I still take care of them more cautiously now of course thanks for the in put everyone I appreciate it :-D I just wish the antibiotics didnt make me sick and the pain killers didnt put me to sleep Ive been a zombie the last few days 

post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by SmokePeachAngel View Post

I ended up going to ER on Wed and had to have a tetnis shot  2 doses of strong antibiotics and pain killers they thought I was gonna need surgery at first but decided against it and sent me home 5 hours later with 2 weeks of strong antibiotics and pain killers Its doing a little better now lesson learned wear protection They thought about trapping cat but didnt thank god. He as well as siblings and mom are still in our back yard and I still take care of them more cautiously now of course thanks for the in put everyone I appreciate it :-D I just wish the antibiotics didnt make me sick and the pain killers didnt put me to sleep Ive been a zombie the last few days 

awe    vibes.gif

 

no matter how many lessons we learn -  there always seems to be a twist - especially when you're in an emergency situation like a kitten caught in something and you don't have anything on to protect you smile.gif  

 

Another concern is rabies - so, I hope you're able to watch the kitten for any signs of illness. If you are new to TNR, (Trap, Neuter, and Release) I suggest that you research it, get your own trap, find a free clinic in your area, and try to trap and neuter, and release (back into your back yard) yourself.  smile.gif That's what I do because I know what happens to them if they get trapped by the town's animal control.

 

Meanwhile, I hope you heal completely and come back from Zombie Land soon.   vibes.gif

 

Glad you didn't have to have surgery - but make sure you don't delay going back if this doesn't clear up soon.

post #19 of 20
OMG... I am SO glad you went in. AWWW, hun, hugs.gif I am glad that you did not need surgery. Cat/kitten bites can get very serious quickly. I hope you are recovering well. hugs.gifcross.gif Mega vibes to you vibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gif
post #20 of 20

Go to Harbour Freight or Home Depot or someplace like that and get a pair of welder's gloves.  The ones that come almost to the elbow.  Keep them by the door.   My brother gave me a couple of pairs and I use them when putting wood in the woodstove.  They are thick enough that it would take a good bite to get through them.

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