Cat bites whether small nips or deep scratches all have the possibility to cause serious infections. Once the symptoms or the signs of other diseases which result from this cat bite are know, there will be nothing to worry about. You’ve already made a step forward to the protection of your health.
What are the symptoms that may cause complications?
It’s commonly known that both cats and dogs saliva contain several bacteria, but we are likely to get infection from cat bites than dogs’. Because their teeth are longer and sharper, cats may cause small and deep punctures which are hard to clean. The VCA Animal Hospitals says that due to the risk of infection, cat bites must be checked up by a doctor right away.
What are some possible infections that can be noticed?
After being bitten, several infections can be developed within 24h to 48h. Some of the signs are:
Redness: redness around the wound is the most common sign you’re getting infected. This infection may have three different colors; light pink, dark pink or dark red. Watch carefully your wound and the area that surround it for any spreading of redness. If redness is spread around your body, it can mean one thing; you’re blood is getting poisoned!
Heat: your body’s immune system sends antibiotics to fight the infection. So always try to check your wound for any sign of inappropriate heat; you should compare the warmth of your wound to the other parts of your body.
Odor: some cat bites produce strange odors. Usually you can’t smell them until 2 or 3 days if the wound isn’t cleaned regularly.
Fever: infections left for long periods of time can develop a strong fever.
Are there any other symptoms?
Usually cat bites may be accompanied with low blood pressure, fatigue, headache and a fast pace of heart. Tetanus shots and some antibiotics can be prescribed by your doctor.
How can I treat cat bites?
Treating cat bites and lowering the chances of their infection can be conducted easily by following the following steps:
- Before beginning any treatment, you have to wash your hands carefully and put on some gloves.
- In case your wound is bleeding, you should apply a clean cloth to the wound along with a firm pressure until the bleeding stops.
- Use running water and antibacterial soap to wash the wound.
- Try to rinse the wound gently.
- Use betadine to sterilize the area of the bite.
- If you have an antibiotic ointment or a cream apply it on the area.
- Use a sterile dressing to cover it.
- Keep your eye on the bite for any sign of infection.
Cat bites should never be ignored for they can generate some serious health problems. It is okay if you want to use some home treatments, but never forget to call your doctor if any sign of infection shows up.