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2014-02-11 08:07:12 AM
Subby's mom?
 
2014-02-11 08:09:40 AM
How the hell have we survived as a species to overpopulate this planet to the tune of 7 billion?
 
2014-02-11 08:10:57 AM
Good reason not to declaw cats. They get far more bitey when you do
 
2014-02-11 08:11:03 AM
I didn't need hospitalization, but I did need an antibiotic shot when my parent's cat got pissed at me for trying to keep him away from our dog who was trying to eat him.
 
2014-02-11 08:13:32 AM
"Middle-aged women were the most common bite victims"

Well, no Shiat.
 
2014-02-11 08:16:01 AM
Whatever happened to Lipstick Cat?
 
2014-02-11 08:17:34 AM
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.
 
2014-02-11 08:19:42 AM

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?
 
2014-02-11 08:21:53 AM
CSB

A few years ago, I was getting ready to turn in for the evening, when I heard a godawful caterwauling coming from the living room.
The weather was warm, and my girlfriend's cat was on the back of the couch squaring off with an outdoor cat through the screened window.
As I walked in to get a closer look, my girlfriend's freaked out cat launched himself at my head from about 8 feet away.
I got my left arm up in time to block him, but he latched on, and proceeded to bite the hell out of my forearm.
I successfully shook him off, and immediately went in the bathroom to clean the wounds.
I bled out the punctures and scratches under hot soapy water, applied hydrogen peroxide and Neosporin, bandaged myself up, and went to bed.
The next morning, my left arm was swelled up about twice its normal size from elbow to fingertips.
Immediately went to a prompt care clinic, got a couple of shots, and 5 days worth of some high dollar antibiotics, and was healed after a few days.

The cat and I were still best of friends after the incident.
 
2014-02-11 08:22:08 AM

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.
 
2014-02-11 08:22:55 AM

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.
 
2014-02-11 08:24:55 AM

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.


Oh, it does read that way.  I'm sorry, I didn't mean the YOU considered it.  Just that anyone even suggested it.

Moar coffee please.
 
2014-02-11 08:28:51 AM
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...
 
2014-02-11 08:29:35 AM

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.


But I thought lawsuits were the free market alternative to regulation? Do you hate the free market?
 
2014-02-11 08:33:52 AM
JerkStore: [whatever]


Yes, yes, everyone can come up with a shiatty cat story.  Just like everyone can come up with a shiatty dog story.

So?
 
2014-02-11 08:34:21 AM

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


The reason why anyone exists on this planet is the same as why you exist on this planet.

Somebody farked your mom.
 
2014-02-11 08:35:40 AM
Yeah, cat bites are a big deal.  Scratches don't seem to be nearly as much of an infection issue.  Which is good because my cats never bite (except love bites that don't penetrate any skin at all).  They don't really scratch on purpose either, but I'll get em from playing/kneading.
 
2014-02-11 08:36:00 AM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: JerkStore: [whatever]


Yes, yes, everyone can come up with a shiatty cat story.  Just like everyone can come up with a shiatty dog story.

So?


The point of Fark comments is to post CSsB, cat pictures and political trolling. This thread is about cat diseases. Get over it.
 
2014-02-11 08:37:09 AM

rebelyell2006: Satan's Bunny Slippers: JerkStore: [whatever]


Yes, yes, everyone can come up with a shiatty cat story.  Just like everyone can come up with a shiatty dog story.

So?

The point of Fark comments is to post CSsB, cat pictures and political trolling. This thread is about cat diseases. Get over it.


yes, yes, I'll get over it.  Back to my destruction of the free market now.  :)
 
2014-02-11 08:39:19 AM

bearded clamorer: CSB

A few years ago, I was getting ready to turn in for the evening, when I heard a godawful caterwauling coming from the living room.
The weather was warm, and my girlfriend's cat was on the back of the couch squaring off with an outdoor cat through the screened window.
As I walked in to get a closer look, my girlfriend's freaked out cat launched himself at my head from about 8 feet away.
I got my left arm up in time to block him, but he latched on, and proceeded to bite the hell out of my forearm.
I successfully shook him off, and immediately went in the bathroom to clean the wounds.
I bled out the punctures and scratches under hot soapy water, applied hydrogen peroxide and Neosporin, bandaged myself up, and went to bed.
The next morning, my left arm was swelled up about twice its normal size from elbow to fingertips.
Immediately went to a prompt care clinic, got a couple of shots, and 5 days worth of some high dollar antibiotics, and was healed after a few days.

The cat and I were still best of friends after the incident.


The old misdirected aggression. Glad you didn't take it personally.
 
2014-02-11 08:42:27 AM
And don't forget walk around in their own urine and feces. Cats are filthy, disgusting animals and should be eradicated.
 
2014-02-11 08:43:28 AM
Doge?
 
2014-02-11 08:47:07 AM
One of our cats was hit by a car and survived when I was growing up. It's hips were broken but it managed to drag itself into a field, where I found it half crazed from pain and exhaustion. My mom brought it into the house but it was clear we needed to get it to the vet. When my dad picked the cat up, she bit him in the thumb right down to the bone. He held on and got the cat in the car, then went to the doctor while we took the cat to the vet (where it was put out of its suffering). My dad got a big antibiotic shot and didn't need to be put down. :)

I've been bit by one of my cats that was playing around when I foolishly put my fingers under a sheet of newspaper. She put some nice holes in the meaty part of my hand between the thumb and forefinger. Half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide later it had stopped bleeding. Fortunately didn't need any further treatment...

/why does my jaw have trouble opening and closing
//feels really stiff
///not really
 
2014-02-11 08:51:15 AM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: JerkStore: [whatever]


Yes, yes, everyone can come up with a shiatty cat story.  Just like everyone can come up with a shiatty dog story.

So?


Perhaps Fark is the wrong place to hang out if CSBs twist your panties so badly.
 
2014-02-11 08:52:00 AM
I'm actually kind of surprised to hear CSBs about cat bites.  When I was a kid one of our cats got spooked and bit into the fleshy part of my palm.  Ground down like her life depended on it, deformed and bruised the flesh (I basically had a painful, pinhead-sized bruise and deep dent in my hand), but didn't break skin.  Since then I didn't think cats were capable.  Claws, on the other hand. . . never got an infection from one, but I've gotten lacerations where I'm staring dumbfounded at a dead skin flap oozing blood like I got sliced with a razor.
 
2014-02-11 09:00:25 AM

JerkStore: Satan's Bunny Slippers: JerkStore: [whatever]


Yes, yes, everyone can come up with a shiatty cat story.  Just like everyone can come up with a shiatty dog story.

So?

Perhaps Fark is the wrong place to hang out if CSBs twist your panties so badly.


Perhaps you should get that meter recalibrated.
 
2014-02-11 09:08:00 AM

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?


Pretty common: I was pushed on the playground at school and my wrist was broken and dislocated.  Rather than calling 911, the school nurse took me to the principal and proceeded to try to track down my mother, which oddly (my mom was out running errands) took some time.  While I sat in the office and cried from the pain.

I never had voluntary dealings with a school nurse after that.
 
2014-02-11 09:32:21 AM
Cat bites are dangerous because they are puncture wounds which are much more difficult to clean and disinfect properly.  Old news is old.
 
2014-02-11 09:33:25 AM
My cat has never bitten me. My dog did once, but that's because I put my arm in between him and the other German shepherd he was fighting. I got sewn up by the nurse and got a tetanus shot. It didn't really hurt.

A  cow once stuck its tongue in my ear. My life is very exciting.
 
2014-02-11 09:36:20 AM
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.
 
2014-02-11 09:43:09 AM

steerforth: My cat has never bitten me. My dog did once, but that's because I put my arm in between him and the other German shepherd he was fighting. I got sewn up by the nurse and got a tetanus shot. It didn't really hurt.

A  cow once stuck its tongue in my ear. My life is very exciting.


In 40 years of having both inside and outside cats, only two of mine have ever bitten me.  When I moved a couple years ago, my big one (22lbs) decided that he wasn't going into the crate.  In the ensuing scuffle, he bit my left index finger at the middle knuckle and ripped enough to expose bone, and my right calf looked like someone had done an excellent job filleting a bluegill.  After I got him in the crate, I bled out the wounds, cleaned and bandaged them and continued moving, as the movers wait for no man or woman and I wasn't paying a couple hundred to ask them to go away!

The finger got pretty swollen for 3-4 days and then of course I had a rainbow of colors and pus to deal with, but all in all it cleared up quickly.  Big cat is still my favorite cuddle buddy.
 
2014-02-11 09:58:27 AM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: steerforth: My cat has never bitten me. My dog did once, but that's because I put my arm in between him and the other German shepherd he was fighting. I got sewn up by the nurse and got a tetanus shot. It didn't really hurt.

A  cow once stuck its tongue in my ear. My life is very exciting.

In 40 years of having both inside and outside cats, only two of mine have ever bitten me.  When I moved a couple years ago, my big one (22lbs) decided that he wasn't going into the crate.  In the ensuing scuffle, he bit my left index finger at the middle knuckle and ripped enough to expose bone, and my right calf looked like someone had done an excellent job filleting a bluegill.  After I got him in the crate, I bled out the wounds, cleaned and bandaged them and continued moving, as the movers wait for no man or woman and I wasn't paying a couple hundred to ask them to go away!

The finger got pretty swollen for 3-4 days and then of course I had a rainbow of colors and pus to deal with, but all in all it cleared up quickly.  Big cat is still my favorite cuddle buddy.


Hey, mcwehrle. Cool.
 
2014-02-11 10:01:13 AM
steerforth:

Hey, mcwehrle. Cool.

shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
 
2014-02-11 10:05:43 AM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: steerforth: My cat has never bitten me. My dog did once, but that's because I put my arm in between him and the other German shepherd he was fighting. I got sewn up by the nurse and got a tetanus shot. It didn't really hurt.

A  cow once stuck its tongue in my ear. My life is very exciting.

In 40 years of having both inside and outside cats, only two of mine have ever bitten me.  When I moved a couple years ago, my big one (22lbs) decided that he wasn't going into the crate.  In the ensuing scuffle, he bit my left index finger at the middle knuckle and ripped enough to expose bone, and my right calf looked like someone had done an excellent job filleting a bluegill.  After I got him in the crate, I bled out the wounds, cleaned and bandaged them and continued moving, as the movers wait for no man or woman and I wasn't paying a couple hundred to ask them to go away!

The finger got pretty swollen for 3-4 days and then of course I had a rainbow of colors and pus to deal with, but all in all it cleared up quickly.  Big cat is still my favorite cuddle buddy.




I like to wrap my cat in a towel, and then put her in the crate. That way, she can't see where she's going.
 
2014-02-11 10:18:07 AM
Repo Man:

I like to wrap my cat in a towel, and then put her in the crate. That way, she can't see where she's going.

I actually was trying to do that....but it was early, like 4am, the movers were coming at 6 and I wanted to run them over to the new house before they came. I wasn't fully awake, he was pissed off already, and my grip slipped...the perfect storm of things not going right.  Thank FSM the other two are fine, just pop them in a carrier and off you go.
 
2014-02-11 10:23:54 AM
I am officially sick of headlines like this (not yours, subby; the article).  No, cat bites are NOT more dangerous than I think, they're more dangerous than you think, because you are a total moron.
 
2014-02-11 10:34:10 AM
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.
 
2014-02-11 10:35:58 AM

Cold_Sassy: Cat bites are dangerous because they are puncture wounds which are much more difficult to clean and disinfect properly.  Old news is old.


The big plastic syringes with the curved tips work good at sucking stuff out of puncture wounds.
 
2014-02-11 10:37:43 AM
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.. ,
 
2014-02-11 10:39:32 AM

bearded clamorer: CSB

A few years ago, I was getting ready to turn in for the evening, when I heard a godawful caterwauling coming from the living room.
The weather was warm, and my girlfriend's cat was on the back of the couch squaring off with an outdoor cat through the screened window.
As I walked in to get a closer look, my girlfriend's freaked out cat launched himself at my head from about 8 feet away.
I got my left arm up in time to block him, but he latched on, and proceeded to bite the hell out of my forearm.
I successfully shook him off, and immediately went in the bathroom to clean the wounds.
I bled out the punctures and scratches under hot soapy water, applied hydrogen peroxide and Neosporin, bandaged myself up, and went to bed.
The next morning, my left arm was swelled up about twice its normal size from elbow to fingertips.
Immediately went to a prompt care clinic, got a couple of shots, and 5 days worth of some high dollar antibiotics, and was healed after a few days.

The cat and I were still best of friends after the incident.


Friendships between Bearded clams and pussy are beautiful.
 
2014-02-11 10:59:48 AM

Rigger1955: Cold_Sassy: Cat bites are dangerous because they are puncture wounds which are much more difficult to clean and disinfect properly.  Old news is old.

The big plastic syringes with the curved tips work good at sucking stuff out of puncture wounds.


Thanks for the advice, my cat does not bite; if he gets out of line the dog comes over and runs him off until he remembers his manners.  One of my friends cats does bite, so where can you obtain such syringes?  I've never seen them for sale.
 
2014-02-11 11:04:18 AM

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.. ,


My cat did the same until I got even with her. I brought in a second cat for her to spar with.
 
2014-02-11 11:12:42 AM

chachi88: 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.. ,

My cat did the same until I got even with her. I brought in a second cat for her to spar with.


I want another kitty, but my wife won't let me. Besides, she thinks it's cute when the cat beats me up.
 
2014-02-11 11:23:21 AM
My cat bites me all the time when we play.

Of course he never breaks the skin as it is play

Another fearmongering article that cats are bad and dogs are good
 
2014-02-11 11:40:42 AM

Cold_Sassy: Cat bites are dangerous because they are puncture wounds which are much more difficult to clean and disinfect properly.  Old news is old.


Yes. Bites from anything are dangerous. Mouths are full of germs. Most of the time, however, these kind of things can be prevented by using common sense: if you get bitten by anything, go clean the bite, and put some antiseptic on it. Then watch for signs of infection.

CSB time: our most recent cat was found by me as a 5 week old kitten under the hood of a fire damaged car that came in at work. I reached in to grab him, and he bit my hand HARD. He wasn't kidding. I had no idea that a kitten that small could bite that hard. My co-worker went in with a thick glove and grabbed him. I cleaned the wound up, and never had a problem. Cat still doesn't like me, the ungrateful bastard.
 
2014-02-11 12:19:58 PM
Reason #7,923 NOT to have one of these partially domesticated animals in your home
 
2014-02-11 12:28:14 PM
MØØSE BITES CAN BE QUITE NASTI TOO.
 
2014-02-11 12:28:38 PM

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

The reason why anyone exists on this planet is the same as why you exist on this planet.

Somebody farked your mom.


Oooh, you take that back.
 
2014-02-11 12:39:20 PM

Oscar_Madisons_cleaning_lady: chachi88: 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.. ,

My cat did the same until I got even with her. I brought in a second cat for her to spar with.

I want another kitty, but my wife won't let me. Besides, she thinks it's cute when the cat beats me up.


Get a Kickeroo -- a long thin stuffed toy that they can grab and bite at one end while kicking the hell out of it at the other end. Sprinkle with catnip, give it to the cat, and then step away. Hours of fun! I also have a wooly bone that they love, alternately biting and scratching it or cuddling to sleep with it.
 
2014-02-11 12:40:17 PM

Nick Nostril: Oooh, you take that back.


Gonorrhea doesn't work that way.  If it did I'd have asked your mom to refund my five bucks.
 
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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