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.