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post #31 of 36
Fair enough.

But I would like to state that:
A) People shouldn't be scared around their cats.
B) People shoudn't get rid of their cats if they have children at home or are going to be bringing children into the home.
C) All pets come with risks and that is what you take on when you decide to have one.

I don't want any cats to come to any misfortunes because they may give you a disease from a bite or scratch.
post #32 of 36
This post isn't about making people scared. This is a cat welfare board, we are a teaching board. it is about making people aware and cautious when handling cats and playing with them and what to do if they get bit or scratched.

They wash out the wound, and treat it properly with antibiotic ointment, watch it to be sure nothing else happens to the wound- if other things develop- redness, swelling, discharge, they get to their doctor to be seen.
post #33 of 36
I've been bitten by so many cats I can't remember, while volunteering at the local cat shelter, and never really been that careful about the wounds, either. Until Max was bitten by Sunday a few weeks ago. She has never bitten anything in her life that I know of, but Ruby chased her, Max made the mistake of picking her up and she sank her teeth into his thumb so deep it bled for hours. He had to go have a tetanus shot and IV antibiotics for 24 hours. It was a very serious bite. It made me realise that cat bites shouldn't be taken lightly when they occur, but it has very little to no impact on my decision to have cats. If you are careful, there should be no problem. End of story. However that does not change the fact that cats mouths are nasty places - it's how you handle a bite that makes the difference, not where your cat came from or how often (if at all) you get bitten.
post #34 of 36
Originally Posted by hissy
All cats carry bacteria in their mouth that can cause health complications to people if bitten. Even domesticated cats that live inside and are vaccinated and fully healthy.
yes. its not a matter of disease, its a matter of bacteria that is in all cat's mouth's causing potentially serious infection. even healthy indoor vaccinated cats have this bacteria in their mouths. and believe me, im not aganist kitties... i have four myself, none of whom have ever bitten anybody. the infectiousness of cat bites is a fact of cat ownership that people should be aware of. the doctor at the ER told me that they often have people come in after infection has set in rather than immediately after the bite, and that very serious problems occur because of this... people simply are not aware of how dangerous a deep cat bite can be.
post #35 of 36
MA, just a question...does the likelihood of being infected by a cat bite have anything to do with the enzymes or microorganisms that are in there to aid in cleaning?

I would have thought that humans would have edged out cats for most potnetially infectious bite...that's interesting.
post #36 of 36
I think the whole point here is that if you are bitten or scratched by a cat, or any animal for that matter, it is important to cleanse the wound properly and keep an eye on it.

When we were trying to catch Simba to isolate him he bit my husband, my daughter and me all very badly. We ALL cleansed our wounds, but only our daughter ended up with blood poisoning and had to be on antibiotics.

My husband and I were lucky and if any of you haven't had problems consider yourselves very lucky as well.
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