This is my cat, Gracie, and this weekend she bit me. Now I've had cats most of my life but have never been bitten (I mean hard) by one. Gracie's form of communication is biting rather than scratching and I'm respectful of what she tells me. But this time, as we were playing, she switched gears and attacked me ferociously. Her teeth went deep into my hand. I was taken by surprise and it hurt more than I can say. I rinsed the punctures with cold water and put antibiotic gel on it and thought that was the end of it. Boy, was I wrong.
By the next day, my hand was swelling, and red. The pain increased as the day went on. I decided to do some internet surfing on the subject and was surprised by what I found. Did you know cat bites are infectious 80% of the time? And that if the infection progresses, it damages the tissue around the bite and you may have to have surgery? Needless to say I was shocked!!!
This is a photo of my hand 24 hours AFTER I began taking antibiotics. The swelling has gone down, the redness has decreased, and the pain is minimal. I didn't take a photo at its worst but you can still see swelling. That little red dot on the lower portion of my hand is the little puncture mark that started this mess. I'm afraid to think of what may have happened if I hadn't done a little research and moved into action right away. So take this post as informative and a warning. If a cat bites you, don't take it lightly. Find out the steps necessary to keep you healthy.
Until next time,