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Thread: My experience with a cat

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    Junior Member cabinqltr's Avatar
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    We had a stray cat come to visit several months ago. It started coming daily and of course I put feed out as it was very cold and he used an old dog house we have (NO dog here,just a house) as my husband made a nice straw bed in it for whatever wanted to stay and get warm. He became nice and friendly and I petted him and he loved it. Well--- on Good Friday Morning I fed and petted him and all of a sudden he attacked my hand biting my right wrist and a big tooth went in beside the vein on the inside of my wrist. I came in the house and washed it and peroxided it and a bandaid with antibiotic creme on it. I had had a sinus infection as was on antibiotics so I thought it would be ok. Well, in 2 hours it started to swell and get red by the time we were finished with our evening meal it was really swelled and red and a streak going toward my armpit. We went to ER and 3 1/2 hours later came home after having a tetnus shot a bag of intervenous antibiotic and 8 rabies shots, 4 of which were in my wrist all around the bite.-not fun. Since that time I have had 3 more shots and get one more on May 8 to finish up. Needless to say there will be no more feeding stray cats. Just a warning as to what can happen.
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    OH MY GOODNESS!
    For some reason, he felt threatened and that's why you got bit. Still doesn't make it any better.
    Poor you! I sure home you are on the mend quickly!

    My sister one time got bit in the leg by a friends cat. When the cat bit her, it hissed and put air into her leg. She was hospitalized for 5 days with the thought that she could lose her leg. But all went well and she's fine.

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    My big dog bit my small dog and it cost me $500+ for stitches and all for the after hours vet! These two dogs play together and are buddies, but.....
    Critters can be upset about something and take it out on the nearest whatever. I have had inside pet cats bite me where I have had to get antibiotics. It happens. :?

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    Glad you're going to be OK. Sounds like you were working your way to cat scratch fever. Gee, right about now I'm glad mine only peed in my bed.

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    My dad feeds the stray cats at the lake he lives by. He doesn't try to pet them. I'm letting him know what happened to you so he doesn't get any ideas. Hope you get to feeling better soon.

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    My cat adopted me as a feral kitten. MOST of the time she is a great companion, but when she has had enough petting, or being ignored, or gets a wild hair, she will hiss and bite - from placid to lunatic in a few seconds.

    Since she was half-eaten by a pit bull and has seizures, I have to accept that it is just one of the ways she communicates, and nothing malicious. Rabies is a HUGE problem near me, and while I may slip some food out to strays, I could not risk adopting one. In the past months, rabid bobcats, foxes, and a wild hog have all attacked people with no provocation or forewarning. Kinda scary.

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    Oh poor you. I hope you are ok.

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    OUCH! Poor you.....being bitten when you were so nice to that cat. Feral cats are always unpredictable. Actually, totally domestic cats are too! Hope your bite is healing well

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    Wow! I'm glad you received such quick treatment.

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    Oh my. How scary. We had stray cats we fed for years in a house we used to live in. They brought joy to me, but I couldn't keep them. I already had a cat.

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    Glad you will be ok and thanks for the warning.

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    This is one of the reasons I'm working on getting the "outdoor" cats here fixed up with neutering and shots. There are currently 7 (plus a litter of kittens somewhere) that come to our house to eat. So far I have caught 3 of them and taken them to a local spay and neuter clinic to have them "fixed" and shots.. at least that way if they do bite I know they're safe, and the clinic is giving me a great break on the services. and just an FYI even with cats that have had all of their shots, there is a 70% infection rate with cat bites. last time I got bitten, it was a sick kitten I was trying to nurse back to health.. it bit me, then died next day. I had to take it to the health department to get it tested for rabies, but I lucked out and didn't have to have the shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tippy
    This is one of the reasons I'm working on getting the "outdoor" cats here fixed up with neutering and shots. There are currently 7 (plus a litter of kittens somewhere) that come to our house to eat. So far I have caught 3 of them and taken them to a local spay and neuter clinic to have them "fixed" and shots.. at least that way if they do bite I know they're safe, and the clinic is giving me a great break on the services. and just an FYI even with cats that have had all of their shots, there is a 70% infection rate with cat bites. last time I got bitten, it was a sick kitten I was trying to nurse back to health.. it bit me, then died next day. I had to take it to the health department to get it tested for rabies, but I lucked out and didn't have to have the shots.
    You sound like me neighbor. She has had alot of our strays neutered. She and I put food out for them. One is special to both of us. Only problem is he has feline leukemia. They are moving to Texas soon and of course can't take the cat. She came over in tears asking if I will make sure to keep him fed and keep up on his shots. Brought over all his records and everything. I guess he is my new outdoor cat. At least since getting neutered he doesn't fight with other cats anymore.

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    Oh MY!! I sure hope you are doing okay now!! My grandma was a vet assistant and she had that happen to her once when she was bit by a mangy, injured stray cat someone rescued and brought into the vet to be looked at. Thankfully you got medical attention right away!!! I hope you have a speedy, painless recovery!!!

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