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When to Call the Doctor after Being the Victim of a Missouri Cat Bite

Posted by Alvin Wolff | May 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Let's be real: you're not likely to call the doctor every time someone in the house gets on the wrong side of the cat's sharp nails. Small scratches and bites are relatively common.

With that said, cat owners are more likely to ignore a serious Missouri cat bite than they are to cry wolf. 

Cat bites can and do result in serious injury. About 40,000 people each year get medical treatment for a serious cat bite in the U.S. 

Here are some helpful tips for knowing when to take a second look at that bite (or scratch):

  • When to Worry
    Any cat bite that breaks the skin is cause for caution. Cat bites often are deeper than they look, and they are more likely than dog bites to result in infection.
  • What to Do
    At the very least, wash every cat bite or scrape with warm, soapy water, and apply an antibacterial lotion to the spot. Watch the bite mark closely over the next few days for any signs of infection.
  • When to Call
    If you suspect that there may be more to the injury than meets the eye, call your doctor. While it may seem silly to call over every little scratch, it's better to be safe than sorry. Call your doctor immediately if you detect any potential signs of infection, if the cut seems deep, or if you have any pain below the skin.

Cat bites are deceptively dangerous. If you or someone you love has been injured by a feline attack in Missouri, talk to a skilled Missouri animal bite attorney who can help. To set up an appointment, call 314-241-2500 today. When you come in, don't forget to pick up your free copy of Guide on How to Pick a Lawyer.

About the Author

Alvin Wolff

Alvin has been in practice for nearly 40 years. During that time, he has handled over 7000 cases and claims and has tried over 100 cases to a jury verdict. Alvin handles all sorts of injury claims, from car crashes, medical malpractice, slip & trip & falls, to dog bites, incorrect prescri...

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