Ragdoll cat put cat sitter in hospital for 4 days plus 3 weeks off work

Haze an aggressive Ragdoll cat

The Ragdoll as many know is one of the most laid-back cat breeds; perhaps the most laid back as they are selectively breed to have placid characters. However, they are domestic cats like any other at heart. Don’t believe all you read on social media and in news media. Here is a photo of …

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What is worse, a cat bite or a cat scratch?

Claw and teeth of cat

Starting with the presumption that the scratch and bite are of about equal severity, to answer the question the title I think we have to look at two things: The frequency with which bacteria is transferred from cats to people through their teeth compared to through their claws and; The ‘potency’ of the bacteria …

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Cat bites signs of infection – including a possible infection from a scratch

Marking the area of inflammation from a cat bite

Before I talk about cat bites signs of infection, I would like to put cat bites into perspective. A cat that is adequately socialised (raised to behave reasonably in relation to other animals and people) and is decently treated will not normally bite you aggressively. They may bite instinctively in play because, for a …

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How do I know if my cat bite is infected?

How do I know if my cat bite is infected?

It is easy to tell if your cat bite is infected. The illustration below tells you. I am referring to a classic bacterial infection throughout this post. You’ll see inflammation (redness in the skin) spreading out from the place where your cat bit you. It’ll start with a small area of inflammation around the …

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Best antibiotics for a cat bite

Cat bite and antibiotic

These are the best antibiotics for cat bites (my thanks to InFocusL Culture that Infected Cat Bite (and Give Antibiotics): PREFERRED Amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin) ALTERNATIVES Add metronidazole to each alternative – used for anaerobic activity. It is unclear if metronidazole is always necessary and it is usually added for prophylaxis. Doxycycline Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim) Penicillin VK …

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American cat owners don’t report cat bites because of rabies quarantine rules

Cat bite

I don’t know the percentage and I suspect no one knows it but I’m sure that a good percentage of American cat owners do not report it to their doctor when they are bitten by their cat and it has caused an infection. They treat the wound themselves with anti-inflammatories and antibiotics provided they …

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