What is the treatment for a cat bite?

If you get bitten by a cat, you're going to need to give it some treatment if it breaks the skin. This is because there is a high risk of infection - cats, like any other creature, have germs living in their mouths, and you'll need to clean it up to be sure.


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The first thing you should do is wash the wound. Run warm water onto it, and use something that kills germs on it - peroxide, rubbing alcohol, or soap will work well. Place a bandage on the wound to cover it up and let it heal.

What else you do will depend on how serious the bite is and whether it's your cat or not. If you got bit by an unfamiliar cat, you have rabies to worry about. If the animal is somebody's pet, it's probably a low risk. If it's a feral cat, you never know. You should watch for the symptoms, which are basically fever, headache, nausea, and the general stuff you associate with being sick. You may also want to go into a doctor anyway - there's also a chance of other infections. If you haven't had a tetanus shot, you may want to go get vaccinated. Those are scary diseases, but they're also fairly low risk so don't get immediately nuts over it. The bigger risk is of minor infection, and you need to pay attention to the wound for redness, swelling, or fever. If you see signs of anything serious, go talk to a doctor.

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