Pasteurella multocida – the bacterium in 90% of domestic cats’ mouths

Pasteurella multocida

Cats don’t have more bacteria in their mouths than dogs and humans. So it is incorrect to presume that they do. We are all aware of cat bites which can become infected which gives us the impression that cats’ mouths are particularly bad in respect of containing bacteria. They are not. What is different is cats bite with sharp canine teeth, which can penetrate deep into the skin leaving Pasteurella multocida behind to multiply and cause inflammation and rarely a nasty infection. Antibiotics are required.

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