You might know the feeling: you’re lying in bed and suddenly your cat jumps on your head. They start purring, kneading their paws with pleasure, but then they bite down on your scalp so hard that it hurts! And why do cats do this? The answer is simple – because they can. Cats are not usually aggressive animals, but when a cat bites human heads for no reason or out of aggression, they need to be dealt with appropriately.
What should I do if my cat bites me?
When dealing with any animal who has bitten you or someone else, contact Animal Control immediately at (123) 456-7890. If it’s an emergency situation where there may be blood loss, or you cannot contact Animal Control, take the following steps:
Clean and bandage any wounds as best as possible.
Seek medical attention immediately if there is bleeding from a wound that does not stop after 30 minutes of pressure.
If it’s safe to do so for both yourself and your cat, wrap the bite with an elastic bandage pulled tight enough to cut off circulation in your skin and hold on tightly until help arrives. This will prevent infection while keeping things sterile at home. You must first check whether this would be dangerous for either one of you – if it can’t be done without harm coming to either person or animal, call 911 instead.”
Treatment Options: There are two popular treatment options when dealing with cat bites.
Antibiotics: This is the most common treatment for a bite, and it can be given orally or intravenously. The doctor will also take blood samples to test for infection. If antibiotics are not immediately administered following a bite incident where there’s no evidence of an open wound or puncture in the skin, you may notice some swelling around the site of contact afterwards that could indicate cellulitis – pus between your skin and underlying tissue.”
Tetanus Shot: A tetanus shot should only be considered if wounds from a cat bite have been left untreated longer than one week as well as certain other situations such as rusty nails penetrating through flesh. However proactively getting this vaccine before being bitten by any animal is always a good idea, and a tetanus booster is recommended every ten years.
Antibiotics: A doctor will prescribe antibiotics to be taken after the bite for any break in your skin or puncture wounds. If you’re not sure if there’s been an opening injury then follow up with medical attention as soon as possible anyways just to be safe.”
What You Should Do After Being Bitten by Cat?
“The most important thing is to clean and disinfect your wound immediately following being bitten by cat so that it does not become infected, especially if the animal was ill when they bit you which would make infection more likely (e.g., rabies). Contacting doctors right away about whether or not this requires additional treatment is also important.”
Do not panic if the cat that bit you had recent rabies vaccinations. They are usually undetectable within three months of vaccination, so it is unlikely to be a risk.*
If the animal was an unvaccinated stray or wild animal then contact your doctor immediately about getting vaccinated for rabies and other diseases like tetanus or HIV.
Tetanus injections: “A booster injection every ten years is recommended in all circumstances even though there have been no cases of human infection reported since 1955,” says Dr. Bronwyn Merritt from University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust’s Department of Medicine.”