When Kitty Play Gets Too Rough, You Need to Take Care!

We love playing with our feline friends, but as we all know, what’s sweet caresses one moment can turn into a snap or scratch the next. Cat scratches and bites can be dangerous because of the bacteria present in a cat’s mouth and on its claws.

Of particular risk is infection such as cellulitis, a skin infection characterized by redness, swelling, and pain, or Cat-scratch disease (CSD). Symptoms include fever, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes. While most cases of CSD are mild, some individuals may have more serious symptoms.

If you get scratched or bitten, wash thoroughly with soap and water, then apply an antiseptic or topical antibiotic. If the wound is bleeding, apply gentle pressure with a clean cloth or bandage. Elevate the wound if possible.

Keep an eye on the cat for signs of illness, if you can—if you were trapping or dealing with ferals, it may be difficult. Watch the wound for signs of infection like redness,swelling, warmth, increased pain, or pus. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical attention. For sure, you should consult a healthcare professional if the wound is deep, large, or shows signs of infection.

Even minor scratches can lead to serious infections, so take care of yourself, so you can care for them!

CAVEAT: This article does not constitute medical advice. ALWAYS consult a health care professional if you have any questions about injuries from your pet or another animal.

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