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Guest Melodye

I just feel like sharing/venting.

 

Last night my daughter was attacked by the neighbours cat. It was in our yard scrounging for food because they're never home to fed it.

 

It attacked her, sunk 3 teeth into her leg and left numerous scratches. Blood everywhere the skin around the bites and scratches instantly goes red. She's devastated because she was just trying to be nice and she really loves cats. (we have 4)

 

Damn it, I'm out of tea tree oil, Shit no lavender either. Fuck I haven't even got any lemon essential oil. I love my oils. I have so many bottles that its just ridiculous that I let myself run out of these basics.

 

So I resort to Eucalyptus.

 

Its amazing. It didn't hurt her at all putting it on the wounds and the next morning they were at least 50% better. The redness had definitely gone down and cat bites can become so infected. As an antiseptic I say its got Tea tree and Lavender beat.

 

I think I have a new favourite oil... and I'm calling the pound in the next few days.

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I love tea tree oil. I get poison ivy so easy and it works great on that. I love the smell to. Eucalyptus should smell good too. I will have to get some. Sorry about your daughter's feeling getting hurt along with her leg. Are you going to all animal control.

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I love tea tree oil. I get poison ivy so easy and it works great on that. I love the smell to. Eucalyptus should smell good too. I will have to get some. Sorry about your daughter's feeling getting hurt along with her leg. Are you going to all animal control.

 

I probably will. My fiance just wants to kill it. lol

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Cat bites are tricky-I don't think a topical antiseptic would be enough for a bite, though I figure it would be fine for the scratches. I would have gotten a tetnus shot, just to be on the safe side.

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  • Hope this helps, Mel :)
  • These have about a 50% chance of becoming infected because they tend to be deep puncture wounds (although they may look small).
    • These have about a 50% chance of becoming infected because they tend to be deep puncture wounds (although they may look small).
    • Virtually all cat bites should be treated with an antibiotic by mouth, especially bites on the hands, feet, or face. For just a small nip or scrape, antibiotics are usually not necessary. The antibiotic works best if started within 8 hours.
    • Cat (and dog) bites sometimes cause one particular bacterial infection called Pasteurella that causes rapid onset (during the first 24 to 28 hours) of redness, swelling, and severe pain that seem out of proportion to the initial injury. This may also cause fever in the child. Call your doctor is these signs occur.

    [*]Virtually all cat bites should be treated with an antibiotic by mouth, especially bites on the hands, feet, or face. For just a small nip or scrape, antibiotics are usually not necessary. The antibiotic works best if started within 8 hours.[*]Cat (and dog) bites sometimes cause one particular bacterial infection called Pasteurella that causes rapid onset (during the first 24 to 28 hours) of redness, swelling, and severe pain that seem out of proportion to the initial injury. This may also cause fever in the child. Call your doctor is these signs occur.

TETANUS SHOTIf your child has had a tetanus shot within the past 7 years, then he does not need a booster. If it has been 7 years or more, then a booster is recommended. This only applies to bites that tear or deeply puncture the skin, not minor nips or scrapes. If a bite occurs in the evening, the tetanus shot can wait until the next day.

 

Regards,

Gypsy

 

 

 

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  • Hope this helps, Mel :)

 

 

 

Not really. Its scary. lol. Fear mongering. I did a lot of searching online as soon as she was bitten because I know cat bites can be bad. I read MANY horror stories. But from experience with being bitten myself I wasn't TOO worried.

She's up to date with her shots.

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I am a vet tech and have been bitten many times - I'm sure you know this, but I can't help but share it in case you haven't heard and it helps your daughter - watch the area just above the bite and watch for redness that develops in lines. These "tracks" indicate a serious infection that will need to be treated with IV antibiotics (sometimes known as 'cat scratch fever'). Otherwise, sounds like you've taken care of it! Hope she has a speedy recovery.

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I am a vet tech and have been bitten many times - I'm sure you know this, but I can't help but share it in case you haven't heard and it helps your daughter - watch the area just above the bite and watch for redness that develops in lines. These "tracks" indicate a serious infection that will need to be treated with IV antibiotics (sometimes known as 'cat scratch fever'). Otherwise, sounds like you've taken care of it! Hope she has a speedy recovery.

 

Ok thank you! I didn't know about the lines. It seems to be healing nicely but I'm still watching.

 

I was bitten once by my neighbours cat. (long story short - they moved one house up and I moved into their old place, so their cat thought my house was his house. lol)

 

It was one tooth mark, on my wrist near my palm. I knew nothing at the time about the severity of cat bits and I didn't treat it. I ended up with a huge red band running right around my wrist from one tiny puncture wound. I still have the scar.Thats why I was worried about my daughter.

 

And the wounds I've seen cats inflict on each other! Shocking.

 

 

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Ok thank you! I didn't know about the lines. It seems to be healing nicely but I'm still watching.

 

I was bitten once by my neighbours cat. (long story short - they moved one house up and I moved into their old place, so their cat thought my house was his house. lol)

 

It was one tooth mark, on my wrist near my palm. I knew nothing at the time about the severity of cat bits and I didn't treat it. I ended up with a huge red band running right around my wrist from one tiny puncture wound. I still have the scar.Thats why I was worried about my daughter.

 

And the wounds I've seen cats inflict on each other! Shocking.

 

You are most welcome! Cat bites can get very serious very quickly, but as long as you are watching it closely and do not hesitate to get help, they are fully manageable. (Forgot to mention that a great way to track the development/reduction in redness is to draw a circle around the border of the inflammation with a sharpie or ballpoint, and use that as a reference each couple of hours to ensure it is not getting worse.)

 

Cats can get pretty uh... passionate, can't they?! But, they are also such amazing healers; I once helped treat a cat from a bad situation that left one of his back legs without much skin left from the knee down. We sugared and bandaged it, and with time and tlc and lots of fresh bandages, he healed completely. I was inspired by how quickly he recovered.

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I once helped treat a cat from a bad situation that left one of his back legs without much skin left from the knee down. We sugared and bandaged it, and with time and tlc and lots of fresh bandages, he healed completely. I was inspired by how quickly he recovered.

 

Did His fur grow back?!

 

Growing up I was told that dogs and cats saliva was antiseptic and thats why they lick their wounds. Didn't always completely believe it. lol. Is that true?

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I must say I feel sorry for your daughter, it must have been a huge shock to have an animal suddenly turn on her like that. Perhaps the cat is just turning feral, if its hunting for scraps then its hungry. I wish some owners would give their animals good care and socialisation, if not then keep them in their own property! My thoughts are with your daughter and I hope it hasn't damaged her trust in animals too much.

 

And I am actually not sure about the saliva, I never covered that particular topic in zoo management :confused:

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I must say I feel sorry for your daughter, it must have been a huge shock to have an animal suddenly turn on her like that. Perhaps the cat is just turning feral, if its hunting for scraps then its hungry. I wish some owners would give their animals good care and socialisation, if not then keep them in their own property! My thoughts are with your daughter and I hope it hasn't damaged her trust in animals too much.

 

And I am actually not sure about the saliva, I never covered that particular topic in zoo management :confused:

 

Thank you hun. Before it happened she wanted to be "cat calmer" when she grew up. lol. I told her I didn't think it would pay well. She's been a little bit standoffish to our black cat because the cat that bit her was also black. But I think she'll get over it.

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Did His fur grow back?!

 

Growing up I was told that dogs and cats saliva was antiseptic and thats why they lick their wounds. Didn't always completely believe it. lol. Is that true?

 

Sorry for the delay in answering! Her fur grew back in some patches and not others, depending on the severity of the damage to the tissues.

 

Yes, dog and cat saliva contains enzymes and antibiotics. Licking also provides mechanical cleaning, like a washcloth. Even human skin has antibiotics on it! (well, other bacteria that keep the bad ones away - that's one reason why antibiotics and antibiotic soaps and washes are really not that great for you unless the infection is serious)

 

Melodye, so glad to hear your daughter healed so well :)

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Glad to read that your Daughter is feeling better,

 

We had somewhat off the same experience in our house a few years ago. I came home from work and found our gray/brown tabby hanging upside down from one his back paws. It was stuck in the screen of our screen in porch. The best I could guess is that he tried to climb it going after something, go stuck, tried to jump off and got stuck up side down. By the time I got to him, he had almost completely passed out. When I grabbed him he reacted to be being touched in that state and sank all four teath into my wrist.

 

After speaking with my doctor, they gave me quite allot of meds, telling me that cat bites can be very bad, and taking a relative long time to heal due to bite depth. He said that one of the biggest issues that they see with cat and dog bites is people don't think they are that bad because of the small wound size.

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