Although not as attention-grabbing or life-threatening as the damage done by their canine counterparts, cat bites are still a serious source of pain and suffering in this country. Compared to dog bites, many people consider injuries from cat attacks to be minor. Cats are not as large as dogs and unable to maul people to death. Despite this difference, cats carry far more diseases and bacteria and are able to easily puncture delicate human skin.
Common types of bacteria cats carry in their mouths and claws include Pastuerella multocida and rabies Pastuerella multocida causes infection at the bite site but can also spread to other areas if left untreated. It is associated with respiratory problems in infected animals and humans. If the bacteria remain untouched and are not aggressively attacked with proper medical care, it can cross the blood and brain barrier and cause meningitis, which is the swelling of the protective membranes covering the central nervous system.
Additionally, cats more frequently carry rabies than their canine counterparts. This unfortunate fact is largely due to the fact that feral cats come into contact with other wild animals and humans quite often. Wildlife contact introduces the cats to common carriers of rabies, such as skunks and raccoons.
If you have been attacked or bitten by a cat, it is important to visit a doctor for antibiotics to prevent infection. In addition, it is a good idea to attempt to capture the cat for observation to see if it has rabies. Additionally, contact the Racine animal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 1-800-682-3434 to discuss your case and to determine your legal options.