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Cat and Dog Bite Statistics — 11 Comments

  1. Well getting scratched and bitten by animals is part and parcel of having them around and anyone who gets seriously hurt by an animal well deserves it in my opinion as they don’t viciously attack for no reason.

      • Reported animal bites/scratches are a HUGE deal here. A county animal investigator pays a visit to the home and requests evidence that the animal has current rabies vaccines. If they don’t, the animal must be placed in quarantine (it’s somewhere between 7-10 days). The cost to the owner to get the animal back is a possible fine, the cost of daily boarding, and the cost of being vaccinated. It is particularly important to dog owners because, any subsequent episodes, may cause the dog to be deemed “dangerous” and risks euthanasia.
        It is important to note that the law doesn’t care if the animal was teased or provoked in any way. The law says that the owner must have their animal “under control” at all times.

        • Thanks for that information Dee. It is sad that the dog takes the wrap for human carelessness or mismanagement. The same goes for the cat. If people did everything correctly with respect to dogs and cats the number of bites would be dramatically reduced. There would be few “behavioral problems” if any and less euthanasias.

          The data is particularly worrying with regard to children being bitten by dogs. This is the parent’s fault obviously. I bet too that there are far too many cases of children mishandling cats which leads to the end of the cat’s life at a shelter.

          People need to do better I feel. I don’t think I am being too tough or picky.

          • Not too tough or picky at all.
            Because of our stringent laws, I am very cautious about what kind of people I allow in my home and yard. Very young children are never a good idea. They are quick, and I don’t have enough eyes. Besides, I just don’t want to spend my time watching and worrying.

            • That is smart Dee. Kids can mess up can’t they? They can be a pain in the butt (arse in England!). I don’t like kids anymore…that’s another story.

              Perhaps the sloppiness with respect to parenting children that takes place sometimes is the same sloppiness that applies to bad cat caretaking.

              We have a type of person who should neither have kids nor cats.

              • I’m thrilled that I have no grandchildren. I would lose my mind, for sure!
                My 2 kids learned the drill long ago when I said, “Look here, I barely liked YOU when you were young”.

  2. I think that cat bites and scratches are, probably, underreported. At least in my life, nips and scratches are normal for me, especially when play takes a little rough turn, when I try to take some of my stuff from hoarder Damon, or if a feral gets “spooked” when I put down a feeding bowl. I woundn’t even think of reporting these incidents. Clean it aff, slap on some ointment, and I’m on my way…

  3. Very interesting statistics.
    400.000 cat bites in the USA annually, I wonder how many of those are from declawed cats? Of course we will never know because that’s something else the declaw vets like to deny, that declawed cats bite in self defence because they can’t warn someone off with a scratch.

    • Good point again Ruth. It would be nice to compare cat bites as a percentage of cats in the USA and UK to see if they are higher in the USA. I’ll try and do that although these sorts statistics are not that precise. It might shed some light on how declawing encourages a cat to bite due to anxiety and feeling defenseless.

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