(Closed) A stray cat bit me should I go to the doctor?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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 # 4
609 posts
Busy bee


Post # 6
894 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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 # 8
4698 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Fuck yes.

Post # 9
1603 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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 # 11
1603 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@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
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
1274 posts
Bumble bee

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
617 posts
Busy bee

@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
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

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!)

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