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Picture of the worst house cat scratched arm I have seen


The guy was rubbing his cat’s tummy which triggered tough play in the cat which went way too far. The cat grabbed the guy’s arm in a “death lock” with his front paws and teeth and scratched with the hind claws. It’ll happen in a flash and if you try and pull away you make it worse. At this stage it is a lose-lose situation.

What I’d do is to (1) keep the grabbed arm passive and (2) grab the cat by the scruff of the neck with the free hand. This should partly immobilise the cat which should allow you to release the trapped arm. Of course it’s far better to be proactive and avoid this sort of event. It’s about understanding your cat, being aware of his/her mood and behavioural traits and respecting the wild cat within.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • I had that happen at 4am - within one second.... when something startled my tuxedo kitty.
    I threw my arms up to protect my face from her claws and ended up with deep razor scratches on my arm. The scratches didn't bleed at all until about 5-8 minutes later when blood started coming out like this photo.
    This was over 10 years ago and I still have scars. But it's ok, a few battle scars never hurt anyone. :)

  • I've sustained the same, or even worse, from wrestling ferals into a trap. But, not from a domesticated cat.

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