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Why a Cat Bite Could Land You in the Hospital: Surprising Results From New Study

Health & Wellness  (tags: cats, bites, disease )

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Cat lovers might want to take extra caution the next time they tempt the wrath of their favorite pet feline. A new study produced by the Mayo Clinic has found that cat bites are potentially more serious than most individuals, and medical experts...

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Sheila Baker (0)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 6:55 pm
Hopefully this article will show people how dangerous cat bites can be. Cat claws can also cause serious aallergic reaction.

Roseann d (178)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 9:41 pm
I mus tbe lucky. I've had cats all my life, 3 now and I've never had a bite. Lots of scratches though but no allergic reactions.

Malgorzata Z (197)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 11:50 am
od zawsze mam koty i jeszcze żaden mnie nie ugryzł

Dany Strakova (123)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 12:41 pm
gosh ! now cat haters are hate on poor cats! ppl get rid of them because of stupid ideas like that they are not reliable, loving blah blah..... Unfortunately stupid ppl try to justify their stupidity with stuff like this.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 1:59 pm

Dianne D (490)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 2:59 pm
Any bite can land you in the hospital. Even a human bite. I've been told that human bites can be worst than an animal bite. I think the author of this blog is bias against cats.

marie C (163)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 4:34 pm
Well said Dianne
I am very unhappy with this silly article
Obviously any bite can be harmful including insects so why persecute the poor cat
They have enough problems without using a scare tactic on bites Green stars on their way to Dianne and Dany
already Sheila has leaped onto the bandwagon exactly our point Freya

Deb E (63)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 4:49 pm
Any bite is potentially an issue. I've been bitten by dogs, cats, and horses. That can happen in a life of rescue. Never had to go to the hospital once. Cats are misunderstood enough. Please don't sensationalize about them any more than already is being done by people who just don't get the feline species.

Anne K (139)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 5:16 pm
In 10 years of working with cats at shelters, I was bitten once, in the fleshy part of my hand below the thumb. It was fairly deep and wouldn't bleed, so it became infected. I was prescribed antibiotics at the local walk-in clinic. The doctor said it was the third bite wound he had treated that day, and the others were a dog bite and a human bite. He said human bites are the worst! One cat bite after working with hundreds if not thousands of cats over the years isn't bad. Declawed cats are usually the ones that bite. They are defensive after having their toes amputated! I, too, fear that this article is going to contribute to "cat hating" by people who misunderstand cats, as other commenters have said.

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 6:59 pm
You said it right Dianne!

Shawna S (45)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 9:13 pm
Some cats bite!! It's just what they do. I have 2 cats and have been bitten, on the hands, by both. Polysporin and a band-aid worked within a day. I've heard of infection from bites, but they're not limited to cats. Mosquito bites when scratched enough can lead to infection. A poor immune system can also be a contributing factor.
Go on loving the fuzzy little loveys...and if you're one to worry too much - don't let them bite you!

Mew :")

Marie W (67)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 12:30 am
Rather have cat bite than zombie on drugs.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 2:29 am
Agreed Dianne. This is anti feline rubbish!!!

Frances Darcy (156)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 7:03 am
Had a few scratches but don't bother worrying about things like that

M B (62)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 9:58 am
I've never been bitten.

Nancy C (806)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 10:49 am
good thread...important reminders...ty Freya!

marie C (163)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 3:59 pm
Really find it difficult to understand your comment Nancy

Alelieh Ramirez (21)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 5:28 pm
i did not know that..... i love cats

Jordan G (37)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 7:18 pm
Care and careful. They have a different biochemical structure than we do. Respect for all things.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 7:37 pm

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 9:53 pm
s and n

Hartson Doak (39)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 10:19 pm
What were they doing to hassle the cat to the point that it bi them? ALL the cats that I have had, were friendly and never bit.

Dianne D (490)
Friday February 21, 2014, 8:02 am
I agree with Hartson Doak. A cat will not bite unless it's trapped, scared or provoked. It's bite is no worst than any other human or animal bite. My Doctor says he see's more dog and human bites than cat bites. They can all be serious if not cared for properly. I hate that the author is picking on cats. Goes to show that you have to be careful when reading these blogs, because the author's can sway you to their point of view if you are not careful.

Kelly Rogers (303)
Friday February 21, 2014, 8:02 pm
I found out the hard way. When my babies had their big boy operations, my Gizmo bite my Garfield in the groin and it abscessed. If Garfield did not pop it in the nite he would have died. The vet did not know why so she called Davis and come to find out some cats have more bacteria in their mouths naturally then others. This is why.

Jane H (139)
Saturday February 22, 2014, 8:45 am
I know this to be true about cat bites.

Carmen S (611)
Saturday February 22, 2014, 2:52 pm
Thanks Freya for sharing this important information.

Edgar Zuim (47)
Friday February 28, 2014, 3:34 pm
Any injury not treated properly is dangerous. This includes bites of humans, cats and dogs. Interestingly, dogs and cats bite when provoked or threatened, in self-defense, which does not usually occur with humans.
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