5 Steps to Take If You’re Bitten By a Cat

If you’re a cat lover and love to be around the presence of cats, it’s highly likely and inevitable to get scratched or bitten by our feline friends. But just because they are cute, often cuddly animals, they should be treated very seriously – cat bites are a big deal! It may not seem like it at first, but cat bites can get infected easily and can be dangerous to both humans and other animals.

In the event that you get bitten by a cat, here are some very important next steps to take immediately:

1. Wash your injury under running water right away.

2. Avoid scrubbing your wound too harshly or using strong disinfectants and chemicals. It may harm tissue and delay the healing of your wound.

3. If you want, you may clean the wound with a mild salt solution to make sure it is cleansed. Make a mixture by putting 1 teaspoon (5 mls) of table salt in 2 cups (500 mls) of water.

4. Apply direct pressure to the wound using an absorbent bandage or dressing to control the bleeding.

5. See a doctor ASAP. Cat bite wounds are small punctures that catapult pathogenic bacteria, which are capable of causing some terrible tissue infection, deep into the skin. If left untreated, a severe infection can appear within the next 24 to 48 hours, leading to a more extreme situation. They will likely prescribe antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection at the injury site or anywhere else on your body. Depending on the extremity of the bite, it may either require stitches or just be left open to heal. A tetanus or rabies shot may also be recommended.

When getting a cat bite, the key is to act and treat your wound quickly. Your body will thank you later!

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