From what I've been told, even your totally-indoor kitty can inflict a bite that can get infected. It definitely doesn't have to be a strange cat or a stray. My doctor said that it is really easy to get an infection if the cat's teeth manage to hit just in the right place (especially a tendon or the bone). They can be nasty. I got bit by a feral cat that I tried to rescue from a busy highway a while back (I said tried to, because I took it to the shelter and it had to be put down because it had already been injured by a car. Poor thing). Anyway, it bit me twice. I didn't think about infection, I was worried about rabies. After I did some research, I went to have the bite checked out. No problems, but I was told that it's good to have all bites checked out. My cat Alice gave me a majorly painful bite on the thumb one time, but she was just playing and bit me instead of the toy mouse I was holding. They're miniature lions and tigers, I tell 'ya!
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My kitty and I used to horse around and people watching thought he was hurting me but nobody was in any kind of distress. If his claws felt too sharp (which he couldn't really control) I would put a sock on my hand and we would continue playing Sorry to hear about the neighbours cat. I have applied to volunteer at a cat shelter and in the orientation info they talk about just how dangerous a cat can be.
It is weird, but I only itch when one of my cats scratch or bites me (btw: usually, my fault she bites, I just can't help playing with her tummy). If I play with the other 2 & they scratch, I don't have a reaction.
That could be true. Mine don't bite me, and if I do get a scratch it doesn't bother me. But this was a bad bite even without any blood. I'm just glad I went to the doctor and you can be certain, he is NOT welcome to visit me any more!
Just a warning, if you ever get bitten by a cat and it starts to swell up within a few hours, definitely go to the doctor. I got bit two weeks ago on my wrist, and by the next morning the swelling and redness was from the bottom of my wrist half way up my forearm. I went to the doctor, got some antibiotics, and within 24 hours of taking them it was much better. It still took about three days for it to completely go down and to where I had full mobility of my wrist.
It was the neighbors cat, who had all of his shots, but he bit down completely to the bone and/or hit a nerve because I felt a zing up to my elbow. I had hardly no bleeding at all, just two puncture wounds on the top, and two tiny scratches on the bottom.
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