Cat Bite Injection: Here's the Deal!

June 09, 2021

Cat Bite Injection: Here's the Deal!

So, what should you do if you get bitten by a stray cat? 


Rabies should be a major concern if you got bit (or even clawed) by a stray cat so, it’s important that you call the doctor to look into getting a cat bite injection. Rabies is a deadly virus that has a 100% death rate if it crosses the blood-brain barrier. 


Cats can be carriers for rabies. 


The good thing is that we’ve created a vaccine that offers a 100% success rate against the rabies virus and protects you from a scary and untimely demise. 


In this blog post, we will go over everything you need to know about a cat bite injection. 


Let’s jump into this right meow! 

What Should I Worry About When I Get Bit By a Stray Cat? 

If you get bit by a stray cat, the number one thing you should be worried about is contracting rabies. However, in addition to that, you are also at risk of developing the following issues: 

  1. Bacterial Infections 

Did you know that many cats are carriers dor Pasteurella multicida? 


Cats often don’t show any symptoms but carry the bacteria in their mouths, which can lead to you developing a wound infection after a cat has decided to bite you. 


So, it is best not to ignore a cat bite and go to the doctor to get checked out as soon as possible. 

  1. Rabies 

Did you know that most reported cases of rabies in the US involve domesticated animals such as cats and dogs? 


While rabies is contained in the United States, it is one of the most fatal viruses known to man. Rabies has a 100% death rate once it crosses the blood-brain barrier. 


You should get an antirabies shot within 24 hours of getting bit by a suspected rabid animal--such as a stray cat!

  1. Tetanus 

Tetanus is a potentially fatal bacterial infection that can be prevented if you get a tetanus shot. You should consider getting one in the case of a deep bite that has been contaminated with dirt. 

Cat Scratch Fever 

Children withcat scratch fever develop a brownish-red bump or sore about 7 to 12 days after being scratched, bitten, or licked by a cat, or more commonly a kitten, at the same site as the initial wound. A few weeks later, they will develop a slowly enlarging lymph node or gland in the same area. For example, if they were scratched on the arm, they may have an enlarged gland in their armpit.

Here’s what to do if you’ve been bit by a cat

When a cat is cross with you and decides to scratch or bite you, you should remain calm and first wash the wound with soap and water and pat it dry. It’s good practice to call an emergency helpline for some guidance--especially if you don’t know the cat or suspect that it may be a wild cat. 

For Shallow Cat Bites

  • Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water for at least three to five minutes. You should also use antibacterial soap or an antiseptic ointment. 
  • Keep a close eye on the signs of infection, these include increased pain, and redness, fever, pain, swelling, red streaks, and leaking fluid. Call your healthcare provider immediately if you see any of these signs. 

For Deep Puncture Wounds and Deep Bites

  • If the wound is actively bleeding it is best to first apply some pressure on the wound and wrap it using a clean bandage or towel to control the bleeding. 
  • Use antibacterial soap and water to clean the wound. Do not scrub it or be harsh as it could cause further damage. Pat it dry using a clean towel. 
  • Make sure that teh wound is dry before you pack it with a sterile dressing. You shouldn’t use butterfly bandages or tape to close the wound as it can trap harmful bacteria, causing further inflammation and infection.  
  • Call a healthcare provider to check if you need any additional treatment, such as a tetanus booster, antibiotics, rabies vaccine, and stitches in some cases. 
  • If your hand or arms have been injured, you are at risk of developing an infection and should take good care of your wounds to make sure everything remains okay. 
  • Symptoms such as headaches, fever, loss of appetite, swollen glands, etc. should raise red flags. You should report them as soon as possible. 

Do you have any questions about cat nite injections? Leave them in the comments, and we’ll try to answer them as soon as possible! 


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