Our little feline pals are the best most of the time, but other times they can get a little feisty. If you’ve been recently bitten by your pet cat or another cat, should you be worried?
Our AFC Urgent Care Castle Rock answers this question and provides further helpful info below.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Bitten By My Cat?
If the bite has broken the skin, the first thing you should do is perform first aid on the wound.
Once you’ve performed the below-listed first aid, visit your doctor or our AFC center sooner than later. Even if the bite doesn’t look that deep, cat bites have a high risk of infection due to the cat’s sharp teeth and their ability to deeply penetrate and seed harmful bacteria underneath the skin.
First-Aid Steps for Cat Bites
- Stop the wound from bleeding by applying direct pressure with a clean, dry cloth.
- Wash the wound. Use mild soap and warm, running water. Rinse the bite for three to five minutes.
- Apply an antibacterial ointment to the wound. This may help reduce the risk for infection.
- Put on a dry, sterile bandage.
- If the bite is on the neck, head, face, hand, fingers or feet, visit our AFC center ASAP.
Where Is the Worst Spot to Get Bitten?
Believe it or not, the hand is one of the most dangerous places to get bitten!
Like we said earlier, cat teeth are sharp, and they can deeply penetrate the skin. Because hands consist of many small joints and tendons, the bacteria from cat bites to this location can cause real problems, which can, in turn, make the bites tough to treat with normal antibiotics, making hand bites more susceptible to infection.
Signs of Cat Bite Infection
- Redness or discoloration
- A bump or blister where the bite wound is located
Have you been bitten? If so, don’t wait to visit our AFC Urgent Care Castle Rock center ASAP!