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2014-02-11 12:41:47 PM

Oscar_Madisons_cleaning_lady: My cat bites, nay, chews on my arm every day and sinks her front claws in while kicking the shiat out of me with her hind legs. It doesn't hurt all that much and it seems to make her happy.. ,


Let me guess- black and white cat?
 
2014-02-11 12:46:07 PM
I've only had one cat over the years that bites, and it's the five-year-old one I've got now. He's always been very feisty and bitey, but he always gives you plenty of advance warning of an impending bite, by thrashing his tail back and forth. When he does bite, he never breaks the skin, but it still hurts. If he does scratch me and it leaves welts, I always wash the scratches well and I've never had a hint of infection. Mind you, my cats are always indoor cats, so maybe they're cleaner?

When I rescued my other cat 15 years ago, she was the last of a litter that had been born under a porch. I wasn't about to leave her there to grow up on the streets, so I decided I would take her home. Well, I reached under the porch, grabbed her and mama went nuts. She savaged my hand and arm pretty darn good. Of course, I washed and disinfected the scratches well and never got an infection. The kitten repaid my rescue by catching two mousies that had the nerve to come into my condo, so our debt is even. She's still with us after all this time.
 
2014-02-11 12:52:08 PM
A Mayo Clinic study finds that two-thirds of people treated for cat bites to the hand need to be hospitalized because of infection.

two-thirds of people treated


You're already at the doctor for a cat bite so chances are it's pretty serious. Not a valid stat.
 
2014-02-11 01:08:35 PM

BowtoMogul: Satan's Bunny Slippers: BowtoMogul: CSB:
In high school my cat bit my hand and at school the next day I noticed my hand was really swollen and a dark line creeping up my arm. I went to the nurse and she gave me an ice pack. When I got home I called the doctors office, after talking to 3 different nurses I was asked how fast I could get there. The secretary rushed me to the nurse personally where I was given a horse pill of antibiotics. Then they told me that I should sue the school.

/School nurses are useless.

good christ.  Reinforcing one of the problems of the world we are living in.

It wasn't a thought that I entertained.


I don't know why not.  That nurse was obviously grossly incompetent and could have lead to your death.
 
2014-02-11 01:25:19 PM
A work colleague was bitten by a kitten she was holding because it freaked at the sight of her large dog.  In short order both her forearms became infected.  The poor woman ended up spending several weeks in hospital for repeated surgeries, followed by a couple of months convalescence. She's currently off work again to have surgery to restore feeling in one of her hands.

Beware the bite of outside cats !

/Yes, she is a middle-gaed woman.
 
2014-02-11 01:26:40 PM
Cat bites are no joking matter.  Their teeth are much sharper than dog teeth so they can get down to the bone much easier.  If the bite gets infected, the infection can start moving toward your heart and then you are in trouble.  If you start seeing red streaks going from the bite toward your torso you should probably get to the emergency room immediately.  But for a deep cat bite you should probably see your doctor immediately anyway and get on an antibiotic.
 
2014-02-11 01:43:52 PM

Cormee: BowtoMogul: CSB:
In high school my cat bit my hand and at school the next day I noticed my hand was really swollen and a dark line creeping up my arm. I went to the nurse and she gave me an ice pack. When I got home I called the doctors office, after talking to 3 different nurses I was asked how fast I could get there. The secretary rushed me to the nurse personally where I was given a horse pill of antibiotics. Then they told me that I should sue the school.

/School nurses are useless.

Wot?


Blood Poisoning, as it is sometimes called. Medically referred to as Sepsis (or Septicemia ). One of the symptoms can be infection and inflammation of veins in the affected region, usually stemming from a puncture wound or deep cut. It can be life threatening stuff if left untreated for too long (hence the suggestion to sue the school).
 
2014-02-11 01:51:04 PM

JerkStore: My mom stupidly agreed to babysit a friend's cat one winter when the owners went to Florida. Farker immediately freaked out and bolted to the attic. Didn't see it for weeks. Christmas morning we came down and as mom reached under the tree the bastard bit her. Dad savagely grabbed the cat, which was howling like nothing I've ever heard before and threw it out the front door into the snow. Never saw it again. Mom got very sick from the bite. Turns out that cat scratch fever is real and fairly serious. She was hooked to an IV for days.

People came home and got angry that we lost their shiatty cat. My father handed them the hospital bill and told them to get over it.

Cat scratch fever is no joke. She could have died if she didn't go to then hospital almost immediately. It wasn't a major wound but she'd heard that it could be a big deal by watching some morning news show.

/the more you know...


Don't agree to take care of someone's pet if you don't know how to handle them. If someone threw my cat out like that I would farking kill them, the hospital bill would be the least of their problems, not even joking.

It's no different than doing that to someone's kid.
 
2014-02-11 01:54:10 PM

Lsherm: I tried to break up a fight between two of our cats once and the big one bit me so hard he got his fangs to touch under the skin of my hand.  The next day I called out sick because my hand was so swollen I couldn't get a long sleeve shirt over it and I had a line running up my arm that didn't look too good.  I went to the doc and he hit me up with some antibiotics and anti-inflammatory pills and went to work the next day with a comically large hand.

My boss so me in the middle of the day and freaked out about the size of my hand.  He asked me what happened and I said "I told you yesterday when I called out - cat bit me."  He told me he thought I made it up.  Then he sent me home.


Best way to break up a cat fight is to dump some water on them. Doesn't hurt the cats, doesn't put you in the middle, ends it real quick.
 
2014-02-11 01:57:05 PM

Syrrh: People seem to have this persistent idea that dog/cat/whatever bites aren't dangerous "because their mouths are so much cleaner than ours!". Even for the critters where that's true, it's still a -relative- comparison. Just because one is less of a septic nightmare than hobo bites doesn't mean it's sanitary.


Puncture wounds are dangerous and mouths are filthy, ours included. The only thin that makes a cat bite more dangerous is the long sharp pointy teeth. Cats are efficient killing machines with teeth made for cutting and shredding flesh.
 
2014-02-11 02:01:37 PM

Pincy: Cat bites are no joking matter.  Their teeth are much sharper than dog teeth so they can get down to the bone much easier.  If the bite gets infected, the infection can start moving toward your heart and then you are in trouble.  If you start seeing red streaks going from the bite toward your torso you should probably get to the emergency room immediately.  But for a deep cat bite you should probably see your doctor immediately anyway and get on an antibiotic.


I had those streaks once - not from a cat bite, but so I know that
1. they are actually bacterial inflammations of the lymphatic vessels
2. the idea of something bad happening to you when the red streaks reach the hearth is simply not true, or in more details, it is pure BS
3. yes you should see a doctor if it is growing beyond a few inches

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2014-02-11 02:03:27 PM
i'd rather kiss a dog than a cat, dogs are much cleaner
 
2014-02-11 03:02:12 PM
Main problem with cat teeth is that they're basically little needles. They're sharp enough that they go in deep, and leave bacteria all along the way. Bites on the joints are the worst - two of my techs at my first job out of vet school needed surgeries and IV antibiotics for bites right on finger joints.


/would much rather wrestle an angry big dog than a pissed off cat
 
2014-02-11 05:29:09 PM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: BowtoMogul: CSB:
In high school my cat bit my hand and at school the next day I noticed my hand was really swollen and a dark line creeping up my arm. I went to the nurse and she gave me an ice pack. When I got home I called the doctors office, after talking to 3 different nurses I was asked how fast I could get there. The secretary rushed me to the nurse personally where I was given a horse pill of antibiotics. Then they told me that I should sue the school.

/School nurses are useless.

good christ.  Reinforcing one of the problems of the world we are living in.


Actually, in this case it's a case of clear and dangerous incompetence. That school "nurse" should not be practicing medicine if she can't recognize that degree of infection.
 
2014-02-11 05:31:19 PM

JerkStore: My mom stupidly agreed to babysit a friend's cat one winter when the owners went to Florida. Farker immediately freaked out and bolted to the attic. Didn't see it for weeks. Christmas morning we came down and as mom reached under the tree the bastard bit her. Dad savagely grabbed the cat, which was howling like nothing I've ever heard before and threw it out the front door into the snow. Never saw it again. Mom got very sick from the bite. Turns out that cat scratch fever is real and fairly serious. She was hooked to an IV for days.

People came home and got angry that we lost their shiatty cat. My father handed them the hospital bill and told them to get over it.

Cat scratch fever is no joke. She could have died if she didn't go to then hospital almost immediately. It wasn't a major wound but she'd heard that it could be a big deal by watching some morning news show.

/the more you know...


I would've sued you. Instead of throwing a scared and innocent animal out to a certain death, you should've taken it to a kennel and billed the owners after explaining what happened. You people are real pieces of shiat.
 
2014-02-11 05:54:40 PM
Damn. My cat bites me all the time. And he bites HARD. Either he's trying to be playful, or he's challenging me to be the alpha male of the family. He doesn't bite my wife at all, just me.

And he strikes without warning. He's want to be scratched, so I'd scratch him. While purring loudly, he unexpectedly chomps down. Whenever he does, I grab him by the scruff of his neck, but that doesn't always dissuade him. I could have named him The Doctor, as he will lick a spot, then bite. It's like getting a shot.
 
2014-02-11 06:44:53 PM

JerkStore: My mom stupidly agreed to babysit a friend's cat one winter when the owners went to Florida. Farker immediately freaked out and bolted to the attic. Didn't see it for weeks. Christmas morning we came down and as mom reached under the tree the bastard bit her. Dad savagely grabbed the cat, which was howling like nothing I've ever heard before and threw it out the front door into the snow. Never saw it again. Mom got very sick from the bite. Turns out that cat scratch fever is real and fairly serious. She was hooked to an IV for days.

People came home and got angry that we lost their shiatty cat. My father handed them the hospital bill and told them to get over it.

Cat scratch fever is no joke. She could have died if she didn't go to then hospital almost immediately. It wasn't a major wound but she'd heard that it could be a big deal by watching some morning news show.

/the more you know...


Let's see... If you had been watching my cat, not only would I have refused to pay the hospital bill but I would be suing your ass too. If your parents had that much trouble with a cat, they should've called the folks and let them know what had happened and asked what to do. Not practically kill off their cat.

And now nap time.
 
2014-02-11 08:08:29 PM
I say we exterminate 75% of them. It is the only way we can be safe as a species.

/Kidding
//maybe
///still considering it
 
2014-02-11 10:23:28 PM
People, we're not talking about love bites here. We're talking about the kind of bite that a cat only delivers if it's very scared, or very angry. When I was a teenager, a neighbor had a semi feral cat. It would be quite afraid of me at first, but once it calmed down, it enjoyed being petted, and would purr loudly. I cornered it once, pretty similar to the way I had other times before. But instead of calming down, she bolted. When I put out my hand to prevent her from running away, she bit me, hard. One of her incisors sank deep into my index finger on my left hand. I did my best to clean it, but there's not much you can do with a deep puncture wound. By the end of the next day, it really hurt, and I could hardly move it. My mother finally took me to the emergency room, and was taken aback when they had to decide whether to send me home with a shot in the butt, or to keep me overnight on IV antibiotics. They decided that a shot and oral antibiotics should be enough, and luckily that did the trick. They were worried about the infection reaching the tendon sheath, and causing a permanent loss of full range of motion.

I have an outside cat (he showed up starved nearly to death last summer) who is a real sweetheart. He just loves being petted, and rolls over so you can rub his belly while he purrs loudly. But he cannot come in, because as much as he loves people, he hates other cats. When one of my inside cats sneaked out, he immediately attacked her. It turned out that he bit her in the butt. I didn't realize this until she had a swelling abscess. I had to take her in, and they did minor surgery. Little miss sneaky snakes big adventure ended up costing me $435.00. Cat bites are also dangerous to other cats.
 
2014-02-11 11:00:39 PM
Yep.  Which is why when I handle trapped feral cats I wear gloves.  Don't trust those destructive invasive pests.
 
2014-02-12 01:30:48 AM

Nick Nostril: How the hell have we survived as a species to overpopulate this planet to the tune of 7 billion?


by not overpopulating the entire surface area available; the planet can support far more humans than 7 billion if you allow for sprawl and the like to occur (as opposed to fitting people into tight spaces).
 
2014-02-12 02:19:47 PM
really it is a question of letting your cat know who's boss. if your cat bites you, a show of force is required. you bite the cat back, but harder. now you know where that filthy pie-hole of yours has been, and who will need the shots.
 
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