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Badness, Scrappy, Tucker and Daisy Speak Out

Kitties – beware of how hard you bite! November 8, 2008

Filed under: Cats,Dogs,Pets,Serious Stuff — furrylogic @ 6:05 pm

I am not saying we don’t bite.  Sometimes we need to resort to the well applied bite to get our point across. Like “leave my feet alone!”  “if you don’t stop ruffling my tummy fur….”.  However, we can take it too far. 

Did you know that we kitties, and woofies too, have something called Pasteurella  in our mouths.  It is a bacteria that can cause minor infections or major if left untreated.  The Mother found this out the hard way.

This is the Mother's hand after a cat bite

This is the Mother

Our neighbor cat, Avery, who is a stinker, came into our house and tried to fight with us.  The Mother, not using her brain, grabbed him, when he was hissing and spitting.  He got even madder and bit her really hard on the hand.  REALLY hard.  He went through her skin and into the muscles underneath.
The Mother cleaned and washed the bites.  She thought that would be enough.  But then it started to swell around the bite and hurt.  The night this happened she went the the emergency room.  They gave her antiobiotics and sent her home.
By the next night, her hand was swollen up.  The Mother says it looked like a baseball mitt.  It was bright red and the swelling was spreading up her fingers and down her wrist.  Plus, it was ooozing yucky stuff out of the bite. 
She went back to the hospital and she ended up spending 3 days there!!!!  The doctors put her on heavy-duty antiobiotics and wrapped up her arm so the swelling wouldn’t spread.  Fortunately, the infection responded fast which was lucky.  The doctors told our Mother that infections like that in the hand can be very, very dangerous.  It could have resulted in multiple surgeries to clean out the infection and reduced usabilty with her hand.  That scared the Mother.
We kitties would have missed her more but the Grandpa came and took the DOG away sooo…we had a bit of a partay while the DOG was gone.  The DOG spent those days being spoiled by the Grandparents. UGH!
The lesson’s learned:
  • Humans should be more careful when handling mad kitties.
  • We kitties shouldn’t bite so hard.  Bites should be used to make a statement not put in the hospital

Badness

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8 Responses to “Kitties – beware of how hard you bite!”

  1. Everycat Says:

    Kitty mouth germs 1
    Poor human hand 0

    That’s a really close call you had there. I hope you will be ok.

    Badness, Scrappy, Tucker and Daisy are gorgeous.

    Whicky Wuudler et al

  2. Lux Says:

    Owie – that’s all I’ve got to say! I hope your mom’s hand is okay now!

  3. Our mom has been through the same thing…several times! The one that came before us, Scooter, use to get really mad if he saw another cat in his yard…and a couple of times he took his anger out on mom! She has been to the emergency room more than once! She never had to stay at the hospital…but the doctors told her to never never never ignore a cat bite and make sure to get proper treatment.

    We hope your mom is doing okay.

  4. Parker Says:

    Owie! Your poor Mommy. But…my Mommy would have probably done the same thing…

  5. Holy cats! That looks nasty. We hope your human mom is back to normal now.

  6. Mickey Says:

    Jeepers!!!!! Good thing your Mom looked after herself!!!
    That hand looks scary!!! Maybe she can get the squirty bottle next time she needs to break up a fight.
    I hope her hand gets better soon 🙂
    Purrs Mickey

  7. furrylogic Says:

    Thanks all for your kind words. The Mother is glad she isn’t the only person who has grabbed a mad cat and wondered why she got bitten! 🙂 Her hand is fine now. Just two spots where Avery’s teeth went in.

  8. Lux Says:

    That’s my sister Silky in those pictures! Believe me, we’ve got the central heat on here, too! (A chill wind’s been blowing.)


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