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Wild Kitten Bite

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I think I know what the answer to this is going to be but late this afternoon we found the littermates to this orphan I've been caring for. One had run across the street and was about half a block away and when I pulled it out from behind the steps it was calm and remained that way. I located the other two and when I grabbed one it bit me, one tooth only but it drew blood. I scrubbed, used Betadine, and did topical antibiotic ointment. I'm guessing I need to see a doctor...?

Nuts. I wasn't even thinking. When I found the one we're caring for it was 3 weeks ago and it wanted food and sucking--wasn't thinking much about protecting itself yet apparently.
post #2 of 11
Yes, sorry to report that you need to see a doctor. Several others have posted here about severe infections following a cat bite, sometimes requiring a hospital stay. So you are safer if you run to the emergency room or walk-in clinic to get started on antibiotics (and a tetanus shot) right away!

Hate to say it...but the catlady in me has to know...did you get all three kittens inside?!?!
post #3 of 11
Definatley see the dr., When my stud attacked me they told me that they'd only seen one other cat bite only & the guy lost his finger... Even with the tetanus & antibiotic I was put on my throat got infected & I had to have a shot of antibiotics, Not fun...I hope you got all the babies in & that you heal up well...
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
After I posted her I called ER because I had an allergic reaction the last time I had a TD booster and there was no way to tell whether it was from the TD or the antibiotic it was on. Allergist recommended not having either again. They told me to call allergist, allergist isn't answering, so I'm off to ER. Thanks.

When I was a little girl I got scratched and bit by our cats periodically and I would hide it from my parents because that nasty mecurochrome hurt like the dickens. Once my thumb started getting a bad infection at the scratch site because I let it go. Of course I know better to grab wild animals when scared or threatened....(rolls eyes)

As for the kittens, what was decided was that the family who was going to take this orphan would take the one I caught instead and we would (I can't believe we're doing this) keep ours. They came and picked it up so I called over there to give the mom a heads up because they have kids. Someone who was experienced with cats was visiting them and helping. It is an absolutely gorgeous kitten so I hope it can work out for them. It's heading to the vet first thing Monday morning.

After mopping up my two drops of blood, I went back to see if I could find the kittens. I saw one but it ran and the other I couldn't locate. When I originally found the two they were in a tree with low branches and the mama cat was nearby.
post #5 of 11
You can buy some wildlife gloves to prevent getting bit again....some people use the gloves to capture kittens....others use a carrier with a string that runs through the back and when the kittens go inside they pull the carrier door shut. A humane trap also works.

post #6 of 11
I've been bitten...twice at two different shows! One was a british blue whose owner was a doofus...he didn't know how to take the cat out of the show cage and the other was a DLH which freaked out coz there was a female on heat nearby - that one was nasty, he got five humans before I managed to catch him...you know what, tetanus jabs HURT!!!! I didn't need antibiotics thankfully...
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Well, I'm back and have been properly drugged . I was feeling pretty sheepish going in because you literally can't see the puncture wound. But both the exit nurse and the pharmacist assured me they have seen some very nasty infections from cat bites: hands swollen to twice the normal size, people requiring pic lines for long term ab treatment, and even surgery. I'm seriously wondering how I survived childhool because I was constantly getting scratched or nipped by some critter or another. With the exception of the thumb I hid from my parents until it started turning yellowish-green I don't remember anything of consequence. However, I'm glad I went in especially since my antibiotic choices are limited by allergies.

They didn't give me a tetanus booster because of the suggestion from my allergist not to repeat but they did give me an antibiotic that should cover it. The doctor didn't seem too concerned about that.

My kitten is galloping around like a happy rambunctious fella and I can't help wondering about the others tonight. The two still out there are likely with their mama but may be displaced. I'm concerned about the one that is with the other family and hope that kitten calms down for them. He/she is about 5 1/2 weeks old--do they typically make the adjustment to humans fairly easily at that age?

Also I'm wondering, my kitten was between 2-3 weeks when I found him. He was a fair distance away from the nest--might they wander away at that age? He was making a lot of noise and I can't imagine the mama cat didn't hear him if she was around. BTW, as soon as I told my son that it looked like we were going to keep the kitten he went in to tell him. Apparently the kitten was totally unconcerned by the whole business because he had no intention of leaving here the first place.
post #8 of 11
Glad to hear that you had the bite taken care of. The last time I was bitten by a wild kitten, my vet suggested that we quaranteen the kitten for a few weeks just to be absolutely certain that it didn't have rabies. The odds are extremely low that this would be the case, but it is better safe than sorry. That is how Pinky and his brother Ruby came into my life.
post #9 of 11
Just a tip, right after the bite, before going to the doc stick you hand in a basin of the hottest water you can stand and a cup of epsom salts to help draw out the bacteria.
post #10 of 11
Originally Posted by hissy
Just a tip, right after the bite, before going to the doc stick you hand in a basin of the hottest water you can stand and a cup of epsom salts to help draw out the bacteria.
This works for active infections as well. When my stud bit me badly on my elbow, he hit bone and the resulting infection went immediately systemic. In addition to the oral antibiotics and several on-site antibiotic injections, my doctor required me to soak the wound twice per day in hot water and epsom salts. As it was, I healed quickly, but later, a raging case of septic arthritis set in and to this day, I do not have full range of that arm.

Even seeminly non-serious bite wounds can become quite serious quickly. The pasturella bacteria is most often responsible and can be very, very nasty to treat.

Best of luck,

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info, everyone.

So far it's good news all around. No signs of infection in my finger whatsoever. I couldn't even locate the little puncture wound until 24 hours after and that was likely because it's on the tip of my index finger so it's bound to be a little irritated.

Animal control just called and they are going to come out this morning and set humane traps. The owner of the shed the family lived under closed it off and I haven't seen it around but the guy said they usually don't go far. I asked what would happen to any cats they caught and he said they get turned over to Sterile Feral for rerelease after fixing. I asked specifically about the kitten who bit and he said typically they don't try to adopt out biting animals but since this was provoked (which I assured him it was) if everything else was okay they would try and adopt it out. There hasn't been any rabies reported yet this spring even in bats.

The littermate I caught that the other family took has settled in well. I was worried about what I might have turned over to them at first given the biting and the fact that they hadn't had a kitten before. All is well on that front too. After the first night of hiding and hissing, the kitten was lured out and is adjusting well--is fine with being held, using the litter box, etc. It made a trip to the vet yesterday and got a big thumbs up and a "Very lucky" comment from the vet--tested negative for the feline leukemia and aids viruses, mites but no fleas, very well fed (fat), fur coarser than ours but just beautiful, and very clean--must be a really good mama cat. I'm feeling better about the respective placements now because I was a little concerned about our rambunctious kiddo going to a family of girls because he certainly isn't a lap kitten. Their kitten has a calmer demeanor. Oh, she is still adjusting to feeding and apparently is only taking baby food or wet food off of a spoon. I should think that would be an adjustment to what the mama cat was serving. :-)

To top off all the good news I have to tell you about my call to the allergist. The primary reason we don't have pets is due to allergies in the family, including cat allergy for me. A few years ago when I was reevaluated I told them to leave cat out of my new series of shots because I knew I wouldn't have one and I didn't want it to hold me back from progressing through the shots. The nurse checked my chart and they ignored my request and included cat serum in the vials so I've been getting that in my shots for the past year or so. I've been surprised at how low key my allergic response has been to this kitten so that is no doubt the explanation!

I take my kitten into the vet this morning for the works since it just had a short exam to check for parasites right after he came to us. Now all I need is a name. I didn't name him because I knew he was getting another family, because my kids were all arguing, and because my husband said if we name it we'll never get rid of it. He's black with tinges of brown and long haired. I've been thinking about Bear Cub. :-)

Thanks for talking me through all of this and helping us adjust.
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