Originally Posted by Beckiboo
While this thread makes me afraid for my kitties if I were bit...everyone reading needs to understand how extremely dangerous that infection would have been if you did not get treatment. I have heard of people hospitalized on IV antibiotics for cat bites! They always have to be watched closely, and you need to see a doctor, and be honest with them, if you have any signs of infection.
Keep us posted on how you heal! Shame on you, Dori, for bringing so much excitement! Hugs to you, too, because you had no idea you would cause such a commotion!
The other night, when I returned home from the doctor, I completely freaked out and was terrified about them coming to get Dori. For the sake of the thread, I wish I hadn't done so because I wouldn't want to make anyone else think it would be better to lie about it. I think my not feeling well and the thought of quarantine just all hit me and I was upset.
Cat bites are not anything to play around with. If there are signs of infection such as pus, swelling, redness, streak marks coming out from the wound (red), fever, or any other sign that something could be wrong, it is very important to get to the doctor and make them aware that you were bitten by a cat. The urgent care doctor told me that if I had waited until the morning to be seen, as I was planning, I might have been in the hospital. I don't think lying about the cat that bit you is a very good idea either. If I would have said it was a stray, I would be going through rabies shots and a stray cat would be punished unfairly.
I pretty much slept from the time I got home from work yesterday until this morning. I was feeling bad last night and almost had my fiancÃ© take me back to the doctor. I had a weird gold ball size lump behind my knee, and just felt overall terrible. This morning I feel much better, and the swelling behind my knee is almost gone. The red streak is nearly gone as well. If I am not still improving by the end of today I am going to make a follow up appointment with my regular doctor.
Still no word from Animal Control, which is a huge relief. I am really beginning to feel like that worry might be over at this point.
Thank you all for the well wishes and for being so supportive when I was so upset about Dori