(Closed) My roommate's cat attacked me…

posted 5 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2005

Well, from a legal standpoint I can’t say but I can suggest that you tell your room mate to keep their cat in their own room.  You have a right to find peace in your own home and if their animal isn’t ‘playing nice’ then either it needs to be contained, given away, or the roomy needs to go.  If the roomy doesn’t do anything then  you can try calling animal control or taking pictures or something to build up a case to kick them out.  I don’t know for sure though, good luck

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Depends on the lease, who lived there first (with or without cat) etc. BUT I would encourage you to look at some of Jackson Galaxy’s videos on cat behavior. You can learn a lot about how to interact with the cat and have a good relationship with it. At least try it before potentially making the friendship totally awkward.

If that doesn’t work, can your roommate keep the cat in her room / the basement, etc? Can there be a cat free zone in the house?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I don’t have any advice about the roommate and the cat, but you need to get the bite checked out by a doctor and get on antibiotics.  I work in a vet’s office, and cat’s mouths have a lot of nasty bacteria.  A deep bite can get severly infected very quickly because the teeth act just like a needle.  One of the vet techs actually needed surgery the day after she got bitten.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Talk to your roommate and keep an eye out that wound.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@strawbabies:  +1000.

Get those bites looked at! One vet tech I worked with was hospitalized for three days from a cat bite.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

You should get medical care. Cat bites can be very nasty. Then, you should bill your roommate for the cost of the care.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@asphodel:  2 reasons for the surgery:  they needed to get in deep to clean it out because the infection was so nasty and the bite went through a tendon.  Her hand got all swollen up and they were worried about blood poisoning.  

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@asphodel:  Probably an abscess drain. Cat bites are nasty, and bacteria grows so quickly, a doc may need to cut it open and drain the fluid to manage the infection.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My roommate would make a decision…Either the cat goes or I go.Sorry that happened to you.

Post # 15
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Worker bee

I could be wrong, but I’d call Animal Care and control and inquire about possible repercussions. If dogs can get reported for biting I don’t see why cat’s couldn’t. If an animal is dangerous the appropriate steps to deal with it should be taken. 

I agree with PP’s, get your hand checkout out by a medical professional. A co-worker of mine had her cat nip her arm a month ago and it swelled up pretty bad. She had to go to the ER and get antibiotics. Her hand swelled up twice its normal size and she was in a lot of pain. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

As someone who has endured a lot of cat bites, wash the wound well, flush with hydrogen peroxide and put antibiotic ointment on it. However, calling animal control would be the LAST thing I would recommend unless you are into turning your roommate into an enemy.

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