How to Treat a Cat Bite

Even minor cat bites may become infected.

Feral cats, cats that are frightened or a cat that is generally just in a bad mood may occasionally bite a person. Cat bites frequently become infected, so if you are bitten by a cat, it is important to start treatment at once. If the bite is deep or severe, or if you are not sure if the cat has been vaccinated against rabies, you should seek immediate medical care. However, even small bites may become infected.  If you get a cat bite, there are a number of steps you should take.

Cats are more likely to bite if they are frightened or agitated. To avoid another bite, you should first safely remove the cat to a secure and quiet location, if possible. Once the cat is safely secured, immediately clean the bite wound thoroughly with soap and water. Dry, apply a topical antibiotic ointment and then cover the bite wound with a clean dressing. Apply pressure to stop any bleeding if necessary.  Most importantly, watch carefully for signs of infection such as swelling, redness or oozing.

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