Cat Bites - Medical Implications

Cat bites and deep scratches are potentially very dangerous.  We suggest that you seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Most normal cats carry Pasteurella multocida in their oral cavity. Streptococcus species and Fusobacterium organisms are also often present and a significant percentage of cats carry Bartonella species, the organisms thought to cause Cat Scratch Disease. Bites and deep scratches can result in the deep implantation of any or all of these organisms.

Without proper attention, sever septic infections mayu result in local and/or systemic signs.  If involving the hand, this may include partial or complete loss of use of fingers.  Some of these diseases can be life-threatening to immunocomprised individuals, such as HIV-positive patients.

Early antibiotic therapy is usually required to prevent the debilitating effects of such injuries. Tetanus, although obviously not to be ignored, is of lesser significance