Headlines Exaggerate Risk from Cat Bites

You have probably seen the headlines that warn humans of the risk that cat bites present.  I have a story to share with you about cat bites.

The human was sleeping, and I was play biting his finger.  Well, he jerked his hand away instinctively, and I did what my instincts told me to do.

I bit down harder, and I cut his finger badly.  He probably should have gotten stitches, but instead, he put a lot of pressure on his finger and stopped the bleeding.  Then his finger healed on its own.

If you've done something to get this reaction, get ready for a cat biteIf you had read some articles about cat bites, you would have thought this was a miracle and that my human was very lucky.  After all, one out of every three cat bites required hospitalization, the headlines screamed.  And even the tiniest pinprick bite, the articles said, could result in hospitalization.  If you believed the articles, the one inch gash on the bottom of my human’s right pointer finger combined with the half inch cut on the top put him at risk of having his finger amputated!

The wound my human suffered from my cat bite was worse than thisWell, my human still has his finger, and the wounds have healed.  And I was very sorry when I did it.  When I released his finger, I looked up at him with sad eyes to tell him I did not mean to hurt him.

Sadly, it does not appear that the humans who wrote this irresponsible article feel the same way.  A further reading of the report that it was based on shows that the risk from cat bites was severely exaggerated.

First, the study only looked at humans who went to the hospital because of the cat bite.  My human did not go, and many humans do not go when we draw blood with one of our bites.  Instead, you do what my human did, and treat the wound at home.

One of the humans in white coats from the Ontario Veterinary College wrote about the actual risk from cat bites.  “Cat bites are nasty,” he warned.  With hundreds of thousands of bacteria in our mouths, and sharp, needle like teeth, our bites are very good at injecting bacteria deep into the bitten tissue.

But one in three people who are bitten by cats getting admitted to the hospital?  The humans in white coats were emphatic about this.  “Not a chance,” they said.

This does not mean you should ignore things when we felines bite you.  You should carefully watch the wound to make sure it doesn’t get swollen or show any other signs of infection.

But you do not have to worry that every one out of three times we bite you, you will need to go the the hospital.  Cat bites are no fun, but they are not that dangerous.  And the headline writers who scare you by telling you that make me want to do this.

This feline facepalm is how I felt when I heard the hype about cat bites

Survivor Kitty Lucky Still Needs Treatment

By now, you are very familiar with my ginger buddy Lucky.  He is an inspiration and made the challenges of a diabetic cat look easy.  It was a cause for celebration when he left the recovery room, which he called the spa, and headed home with his foster human.  Well, after a few days, Lucky headed back to the veterinarians who oversaw his healing at Parkway Veterinary Clinic for a checkup and to see how the healing is going.  Bagheera the Diabetic Cat's Furiend Lucky

While Lucky has come a long way since he was first rescued and treated, he is still not completely healed.  The healing has been good around his right eye, the right side of his neck, and under his jaw.  His foster human has been applying compresses on the parts of his skin that are still healing.  It is likely this has helped.

Not surprisingly, as a feline who suffered from such horrible burns, Lucky is developing thick scars and it is starting to split in some places.  He will need to go see the humans with white coats in order to have the skin around the back of his neck treated.  And he is going to need to get eye drops and skin cream in order to treat his eye, which he hopefully will be able to close soon, and around his cheeks.  This is going to be something that Lucky will need for an extenBagheera the Diabetic Cat's furiend Lucky made a new furiendded time.

And Lucky has a new furiend who looks a lot like him!  His foster human has five other felines — maybe I should stop whining about being a diabetic cat who has a just one foster cat with him.  One is a ginger like Lucky, and guess how excited Lucky was to see him?  He started to chirp when he saw his fellow ginger cat Marmalade.

Lucky is adapting well to being a cat who is well taken care of by a human instead of fending for himself on the streets.  But he still retains some of his street nature.  For example, when he was an outdoor cat, he had to avoid predatory birds.  So when a raven flew by his human’s window, Lucky’s survival instincts kicked in and he took cover.

But he is very happy in his new home, and he will not let the surgery and treatments stop him!