This is js horrible for me. I am a huge cat lover and I mean who hasnt gotten the occasional surface scratch or bite when you play with the furry feline? I am so disappointed and angry at the moment. This has never happened to me where I need to go to a dr to get medical attention!
Last weekend we rescued this stray by my bank wells fargo. (Now his name) we are treating him, and releasing him so that he knows our house/area and comes for food. Well, there's a stray male that comes by for food at night. He loves the attention, hes very adorable. But the downside, he is very very territorial. He fights with any other male or new cat. He is the one that goes and causes the fights without the other cats doing anything to him. Well, my older sister's smarty pant butt let him inside the house to eat, he saw the new stray Wells Fargo that we rescued and he became upset. Crying, growling, hissing and all that fun stuff we hate hearing them do when they are angry.
My sister moved the stray she had brought in, she moved him towards the door (to let him out) so I went towards the door to hold him (now that I look back........BAD IDEA, WORST IDEA EVER!!!!!) I have always grabbed him and he has never done anything to me, but I guess there's always a first for everything! I was far away from Wells Fargo, but I guess he smelled him either way and was still upset. He bit my right hand so bad, that I had to pull his teeth away from me slowly so he wouldnt puncture my skin deeper. I immediately washed my hand with soap and water, though it kept bleeding. I pour peroxide over it like crazy. Pat it dry carefully and wrapped it to stop the bleeding. This morning I found myself with a swollen index finger, and the surrounding area of the bite. Its more red and I have a hard time vending my fingers, making a first, writing etc. I went to the Walgreens pharmacy to see if they had any OTC meds that would help. Instead they told me I had to see a dr ASAP bc it was already in the process of infection since it was red and swollen. I went to a near by dr and had to pay $170 for tetanus shot, antibiotic shot, pain/swelling meds, ointment and I have to go back Sat and Monday to follow up. I was told there that if it didnt heal or started showing a diff, that most likely I would have to get the rabies shot just in case the cat had rabies. That I had to go to a government clinic for the rabies shot bc they have to report it.
So here I am, truly disappointed, I own 4 felines myself. All indoor ones and all I get from them is the expected surface scratches or surface bites---that dont puncture wounds!!! IDK if the stray has rabies or not. To me he looks perfectly healthy. Eats well, very active etc. but I am not a vet to know these things. I was told that they either show sign of rabies or they dont.
I uploaded pix on my photos so you guys can see, I have the one from shortly after it happened and the one from this morning.