Antibiotics for cat bites

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Since I volunteer at an animal shelter cat bites and scratches are pretty much an occupational hazard for me. Got bit a couple of weeks ago on the back of my hand near the knuckles and it was a bit swollen for a couple of days. I just wash the wound thoroughly, use ice if it swells, and use some neosporin ointment and it fine in a couple of days.
30 in the morning Swampy called for the cat. She came jumped up on his bed, purred a bit and lay at his feet. At about 4:00am, a pillow fell off th bed and hit the ground with a thud. When Swampy leaned over to pick it up, the cat jumped up, clawed Swampy, then sank her teeth into his arm. Swampy pushed the cat back and just stared at her and said -- "kitty, why did you do this?" The cat growled. Swampy then got up to go to the bathroom to splash cold water on the wound.
Hopefully you cleaned the wound really good with soap and are keeping it clean. Cat bites can go pretty deep (even kitten teeth) and if bacteria is deep in that wound an infection can happen. Think of it as their teeth are like little swords...go deeper than the width. If the wound gets red, hot, or any discharge...you need to get antibiotics.
My problem is he's a biter! I had to go to the ER a month ago for antibiotics. my vet has suggested hormone therarpy, but the side effects haven't been well studied in cats. I've used Bach's Rescue Remedy to calm him, to no avail. I really LOVE this cat and want to keep him. My next step is a pheromone plug-in. Any ideas please? Thank you in advance!
I applied an 'inadine' gauze with a dry dressing for approx 10 hours. It is approx 26 hours since the bites and the bites are more painful than they were, slightly red and warm. I know I ought to visit my doc, but it is the weekend and it didn't seem that bad at the time. I will see the doc tomorrow unless you think it is not necessary. I do not have a fever, but my normal body temp is low anyway and I may not show a fever (usually between 34.7 - 35.5).
I noticed it's when you are petting him then the next minute his wrapping his legs around my arm trying to see if he can naw it off. I had a cat before him for 19 years and never had him bite me. I am not sure what to do with him. I have tried flicking him in the nose, pointing my finger at him and telling him no only makes him want to bite you more.
update on kitties- The barn cats getting better, he needs more care tho more for general health before hes set loose again. And greys doing wonderful. All I did for their bites is drain them, flush them with sterile saline in a can from wal-mart, and then apply Penicillin directly to the wound 2 to 4 times a day. They both also got a 1cc shot of it as well when they first got hurt. Also used something called NFZ Puffer, which is Nitrofurazone on the barn kitty.
The only rooms with doors were up stairs so i decided to run so i threw the pillow that was in my hands down onto the cat and made a run for the stairs but he ran after me and got ahold of me on the stairs. I do have either cat scratches or bites on my leg and foot where he got me. And I'm not sure if i shook him off my leg or not but he noticed the other cat sitting on the stairs and immediately went after him.
Additionally, there is no vaccine for Feline Aids and this could be contracted by bites. Other possibilities for the bump could be a penetrating foreign body, a splinter, other traumatic wound, scratches, etc.
Hi Lencute, From what I understand you are already under a doctors care for this wound. That is excellent and as it should be. Cat bites are serious because they carry a great deal of bacteria that is driven deep into the skin by the puncture wound they inflict . After a cat bite a doctor should be seen immediately and antibiotics should also be prescribed along with a Tetanus booster shot. Waiting over a day may have caused you some complications.
Antibiotics are for bacterial infections. Scabs are a stage of healing in wounds that inhibit infections. Pulling off the scabs prolongs their healing and increases the risk of infection. If the vets have ruled out allergies, bacterial or fungal infection, and parasitic bites, then they are wounds. Let the current ones heal and find the source of any new ones. She could be rubbing herself against something that is abrading her skin.
Anyway, I have started w/litter change, trying him on all chicken cat treats for now. I have cut the end off of an ankle sock and put it on his neck. It looks like hes wearing a dicky. It doesnt seem to bother him at all and he isn't scratchin his neck area. He hasn't been outside in two days and already I can tell he isn't in a panic mode as he has been. So I hope it will be a simple allergy to woods or litter.
anything at all I could greatly use your help and would be super appreciative. I deeply love my cat but refuse to live in fear in my own home. HELP!! Thanks for taking the time...
Can you clarify this for me and tell me what the source of the problem is with cat bites? Thanks for any help you can offer.
I couldn't do that. Specifically, I'm asking for confirmation that cat bites can be as dangerous as I've been told. No one on the support forum I follow has been warned of this by their doctors and they even appear to doubt that this can be true. Can you clarify this for me and tell me what the source of the problem is with cat bites? Thanks for any help you can offer.
She is very hipper and bouncy, she runs around and bites. She had never been so hipper like this before in her life. It is unusual for me to see cat wanting to run and jump like this after surgery. I had male cats before and they never had act like this after surgery. You are first person mentioned you cat being hipper and this is exactly I was reading this website. I am glad I am not alone.
He was an EXTREMELY aggressive cat, there were many times prior to using this technique that his bites were deep, to the bone and one time even required a trip to the ER for IV antibiotics, a cats bite can easily become a dangerous infection. But as I have stated there is hope, if my Sami could be trained than I believe any cat can. good luck and continue to post and let us know how its going ok.
It really sounds like you are getting the proper treatment from your doctor . I know a few people who had to get the series if shots after dog bites, cat bites, and one from a gopher and they were all fine. If you feel I'll at all or the areas look infected, give your doctor a call.
Since than we have been giving her ranitidin and all was fine until a month ago, at that time my mother, who is living with the cat left for a holiday (this might be related or not). Cat stopped eating once again. This time she was tested for HIV and FIV (negative) and given infusion and apaurin and half an hour later she started esting.
This is js horrible for me. I am a huge cat lover and I mean who hasnt gotten the occasional surface scratch or bite when you play with the furry feline? I am so disappointed and angry at the moment. This has never happened to me where I need to go to a dr to get medical attention! Last weekend we rescued this stray by my bank wells fargo. (Now his name) we are treating him, and releasing him so that he knows our house/area and comes for food.
When we first got her she was lovable and would lay with us. At her vet appointment (a week later) we were told she needed 3 kinds of antibiotics for the week. One went in her eyes, one went in her ears and the last was an oral medication. We had to "kitty burrito" her just to get her to take the meds. Needless to say she was not happy. After that she has been really skittish. She runs from us but will warm up after a minute or 2 and then come to us.
VPI, the insurance company, recently released the top 10 list of wild animals which most frequently attacked and injured companion pets in 2008. Bites led to over 500 laceration/bite wound claims. And the culprits are... 1. Snake 2. Coyote 3. Raccoon 4. Squirrel 5. Scorpion 6. Javelina 7. Porcupine 8. Ground hog 9. Skunk 10. Rat Not sure what a javelina is?
I NEED SOME INPUT FROM SOMEONE THAT KNOWS ABOUT CATS AND STUFF.... So I have this cat and he only goes outside for a few hours every night. So yesterday we noticed that he has a huge squishy lump on his head. Right on top. It looks exactly like a abscess before being drained. But here's the kicker...there's not sign of trauma on or around the lump. No bites/punctures wounds, no scratch marks..nothing. Just a lump with no signs of how it got there.
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I did manage to get him to eat a couple of bites of wet food and then he walked away (odd for the guy who LOVES to eat!
When we first got her she was lovable and would lay with us. At her vet appointment (a week later) we were told she needed 3 kinds of antibiotics for the week. One went in her eyes, one went in her ears and the last was an oral medication. We had to "kitty burrito" her just to get her to take the meds. Needless to say she was not happy. After that she has been really skittish. She runs from us but will warm up after a minute or 2 and then come to us.
If its crystals plus a UTI than he will also need antibiotics very soon. If it were my cat I wouldn't wait, I'm really upset with the Vet that didn't check this out for him. Of course it could be a many other problems...this is just my guess of the most likely. Did the Vet even do bloodwork? You are the best judge of your cat not acting normally and like I said the hiding too are both indications of PAIN.
ok i was just outside in my backyard and i saw this cat so i started playing with it and all of a sudden this cat attacks me and bites my hand. its not very deep but could i get any infection or on a serious note a deadly disease like rabies from it? i washed and everything and once again its not deep. Its kind of like a paper cut. i dont know whos cat it was so i have no idea if the cat was like healthy but it seemed that it belonged to someone and was healthy..
what is happening to my cat?!!!! she is peeing tiny amounts all over the place. her stomach is huge! she is being treated for tape worm. her blood tests came back completely normal. she wont stop crying. she howls every time she goes to the bathroom. she throws up almost every time she eats. shes not even a year old!!!!! ive been to the vet 3 times in the last week and they have no idea what is wrong.
PK and Abby.............you know you are both in my prayers...there are kitty angels out there you know and they are watching over Abby and Misha(april2) too... I hope miracles will keep them safe and again home with you!! blessings ands lot of hugs too.
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