Cats are Dangerous, Too
When most people think of being bitten by an animal, dogs are the first thing that pops into their mind. It makes sense. We hear about dog attacks on the news and read about them in the paper. What most people don’t consider is being bitten by a cat.
It is very rare for someone to be walking down the street and be bitten by a feral or stray cat. These animals tend to flee at the sight of humans. What is more common is being bitten by your own cat or an acquaintance’s pet. When this happens, it is all too frequent that people simply wash up and patch themselves. This can be a mistake when it comes to cat bites.
A recent study revealed that more people receive emergency medical attention for cat bites than dog bites. Why? Because cat bites are far more dangerous over the long term, especially when delivered to the hand over a knuckle or tendon. A cat’s teeth are incredibly sharp, and when they puncture the skin, introduce a tremendous amount of bacteria into the human body. When this bacteria is delivered into a joint or tendon, infection is probable.
Doctors say that the bite of a cat is something to be taken very seriously. The infections caused from cat bites can be difficult to treat and can lead to issues that a patient will deal with for years, if not the rest of their lives. Some require multiple surgeries to correct problems that arise from infection, and others lose the use of fingers. If you have been bitten by a cat, even if it is your own pet who delivered the chomp, medical attention should be sought immediately.
If you have been bitten by an animal in Austin, our team of personal injury attorneys is here for you. Reach out to us today and let us review the details of your case for free. We will advise you of your options and give you advice on how to proceed. Call today or browse our website for information about our firm.