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Is it dangerous to get nipped by a stray cat?
Whether the bite is from a family pet or an animal in the wild, scratches and bites can carry disease. Cat scratches, even from a kitten, can carry “cat scratch disease,” a bacterial infection. Other animals can transmit rabies and tetanus. Bites that break the skin are even more likely to become infected.
Will I get rabies from a cat bite?
Animals most commonly transmit rabies to humans through bites. It is possible for a human to get rabies from an animal scratch, but it’s very rare. If you think that you have been exposed to rabies, call your doctor immediately. You may need a series of rabies vaccines to prevent the infection from progressing.
How do you treat a cat that has been bitten?
What should I do if I know my cat has just been bitten? If you know that your cat has been in a fight, notify your veterinarian immediately. Antibiotics given within 24 hours will often stop the spread of infection and may prevent the development of an abscess.
What should I do if I get bit by a stray cat?
If you have been bitten by a stray cat, you should go to the doctor immediately. You will need to be vaccinated against rabies, and if you want for symptoms to show before you seek medical attention, you will have left it too late.
Should I go to the doctor after being bitten by a cat?
If you have been bitten by a stray cat, you should go to the doctor immediately. You will need to be vaccinated against rabies, and if you want for symptoms to show before you seek medical attention, you will have left it too late. This is a disease that requires treatment BEFORE the symptoms appear.
What happens if a cat bite goes untreated?
Cat scratch fever is easily treated with common antibiotics. In rare cases, significant complications can arise from untreated cat scratch fever. This is one of the reasons experts recommend seeking medical care regardless of how minor a cat bite may appear. 4. You Contract the Rabies Virus
How to treat a cat bite wound?
They said that cat bite wounds are among the worst (next to human bites). And because the puncture wounds are deep (mine was very deep as she latched on while I pulled her out of the pool), they are very prone to infection even if cleaned. I was given an antibiotic injection there and an antibiotic prescription which I could start the same day.