Asked by: Stelica Schweickhardt
asked in category: General Last Updated: 11th April, 2020

Do I need a tetanus shot if my cat bit me?

Many experts also recommend antibiotics for any person bitten by a cat because there is a high rate of infection from cat bites. Adults who are bitten should receive a tetanus vaccine (called a tetanus toxoid vaccine) if the most recent tetanus vaccine was greater than 5 years ago.

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Also asked, what to do if a cat bites you and draws blood?

Here's what to do if a cat bites you The blood will help move the bacteria from the wound. Next, wash the wound with mild soap and water. Slow the bleeding with a clean cloth and apply over-the counter antibiotic cream if you have it. Then, wrap the wound in a sterile bandage.

Beside above, is a bite from a cat dangerous? Cat bites can be dangerous both to other animals and to humans. In their mouths, all cats carry a large number of bacteria that are capable of causing tissue infections in bite wounds. Infected people may suffer from fever and flu-like symptoms and, rarely, may die if proper medical treatment is not sought.

Additionally, what to do if a cat bites you?

If a cat or dog bites you, you should:

  1. Wash the wound gently with soap and water.
  2. Apply pressure with a clean towel to the injured area to stop any bleeding.
  3. Apply a sterile bandage to the wound.
  4. Keep the wound elevated above your heart to prevent swelling and infection.

Do cat bites have to be reported?

Antibiotic prophylaxis should be considered, especially if there is a high risk of infection, such as with cat bites, with puncture wounds, with wounds to the hand, and in persons who are immunosuppressed. In most states, physicians are required by law to report animal bites.

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