Post # 1
Hey bees! So a stray cat (looks Siamese, and healthy) showed up at my door two days ago. I finally got the cats trust and got it inside. It’s snowing and I couldn’t leave it outside. I’ve only had it inside for about an hour. I have him in my bathroom, with food and a litter box. I was trying to see if he was fixed or declawed and he was being very loving when all of a sudden he bit me. I think he did it because I was trying to check out his paws. he wasn’t being aggressive before or after he did it.
I put infection medicine on it. He only got one tooth in and it was just a prick. It bleed for not even a second. I can’t even tell whrre the bite is now. So it was super tiny.
After I cleaned it I started thinking about rabies. The cat doesn’t act like it has rabies but rabies is serious business and no joke! I started reading up on it and now I have my self going from “I hope I find his owner soon” to “Oh my God should I go to the doctor?”
Should I at least call? Help ease my mind!
Post # 3
If it broke the skin, I’d go. You have no idea where this cat has been, if it’s vaccinated, or what other things it might be carrying.
Post # 5
@Sweet.Sugar.Rose: Cat bites are notorious for getting infected.
Do the Check Your Symptoms that we use and follow the recommendations.
Post # 6
I would, simply because you have no idea if this cat has rabies or not. Even if the cat isn’t symptomatic yet, I’d go in just to be sure.. rabies is lethal.
Post # 7
First- thank you for bringing the cat in. Very sweet of you. Second, yes please go to the doctor. It’s better to be safe.
Post # 9
Yes. I was once bit by a cat that wasn’t a stray but wasn’t mine, and the results were horrendous. My hand was the size of my head. Go to the doctor.
Post # 10
I called the hospital as I don’t have a general doctor and they have me the health departments number and animal control. I’m waiting on my husband to get home from work (usual around 4pm and it’s 3:40 now.) We are having a huge snow storm right now, too! 🙁
Post # 11
@Sweet.Sugar.Rose: this maybe isn’t the best advice, but I am just a wait and see type of person. If you can barely even see it anymore, I wouldn’t be worried. If it was red, raised, hurting, etc, then thats another story.
Post # 12
I guess i’m in the minority, I only go to the doctor when there’s seriously something wrong, and while a cat bite might have the potentional to be super harmful, I would wait it out.
I’ve been bitten by all kinds of non-house animals including cats, squirrels, & bunnies [among other animals], and have never been seriously infected.
I would thoroughly clean the area using a soap, and peroxide, and then of course add an antibacterial ointment. I would then monitor the bite for the next few hours, if there were to be no swelling, tenderness or redness, I wouldn’t go.
But, I don’t have insurance so an emergency visit means $400 to me.
If money isn’t an option for you or you have insurance where most of it would be covered, I would go to be on the safe side.
Post # 13
I’m probably in the minority here, but I’d probably clean it up and keep an eye on it. If it starts swelling, or gets really red then i’d go to the doctor or walk-in clinic.
Post # 14
@Sweet.Sugar.Rose: Im also inthe minority I think your at a higher risk heading out in this snow storm. Keep your eye on it wash your hands often with HOT water. But if it gets red swollen painful or itchy thats when I would head see a doctor. Good luck and thank you for bringing that poor thing in from the cold!
Post # 15
I’d probably wait and see, too! Especially if it was a tiny nip.
(Also, are you sure it’s a stray and not just an outside cat? My outdoor cats didn’t wear collars and were CONSTANTLY disappearing for a day or two. People used to catch them and put up “found cat” posters!)
Post # 16
@jenilynevette: See that is me! I usually have to be on my death bed to go to the doctor! I have insurance but it’s snow storming here like crazy. Idk what to so I’m conflicted. I talked to the animal shelter/control and he said if it were him he would go tonthe hospital. He also said I could keep the cat confined for ten days and as long as it didn’t show signs or symptoms than it was A okay. I could also have them come get the cat but I don’t want that. I want to find it’s owners or foster it until he can be adopted out. I’m sorta scared if I go to the doctor and they file a report someone will for sure take the cat. 🙁