November 9th 2012 6:26 am
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Mom is worried she was holding one of the 6 month old ferals today.Oliver he is Ozzys brother.He was on her lap when someone must have fired a shotgun in the woods .Well Oliver panicked and jumped over Moms shoulder but in the process his claw caught Moms ear and ripped the bottom almost off.Mom is scared to go get treated because she is afraid they will come take Oliver and have him put down to test for rabies .Can you get Rabies from a cats scratch Mom thought you could only get it from Saliva.How should Mom handle this?
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I think your mom might want to go to the doctor just in case, because cat scratches can easily get infected. I don't know about rabies though ...
Just a thought and see how others weigh in on this or have any other ideas. I looked on the internet and it seems unlikely that you could get rabies from a cat scratch. Has Oliver had his shots? My concern is for how bad your cut to the ear is. If you do go get treated, could you possibly tell the same story of what happened but tell them one of your own cats did it and not one of the ferals outside? Are they up to date on their shots as well? They might ask that. I just don't know. I'm sure cat owners end up at the doctors for all kinds of reasons. My friend went to the ER after her cat bit her ankle. She happened to take a step back not knowing her cat was there and stepped on his tail. He whipped around and bit her ankle. Within an hour her ankle swelled to twice its size. They didn't know cat bites are worse than dogs or humans because of the bacteria found in their mouths. They had to make a report and were later visited by an animal control officer or someone like that. All was well. That's why I'm suggesting tell them it was one of your own and maybe say it happened inside not outside. The internet also said to apply neosporin but I just wonder if you may need stitches. Good luck and keep us posted!
OUCH!! That had to hurt.
I agree with Simon. If your cats are up to date with their shots, what I would do is when you go to the doctor (if you decide to, it sounds like a good idea) bring along your vaccination records for your cats and tell the doctor one of them did it. That way, they might not even have to do a home check if that is what they usually do. That might be more for bites though. But I think you can get rabies from scratches, but rare. So they might want that info. I think if you told them it was done by Oliver there would be problems for the little guy.
Cat scratches and bites can get infected very easily. So be very careful!
I wish you luck too!
Mom is back from the doctor 5 stitches to sew her tip of her ear back on.Mom is not mad at Oliver it wasn;t like he meant to do it.He was scared when he was on her lap and when he heard a gunshot in the woods he tried to climb over her but got his claw stuck in her ear and ripped it when he jumped.To late Dad had told them it was astray .At first the doctor said cat scratches don't really cause rabies but then after he got back reading on the internet he told Mom she should report it to a animal control officers so they could monitor him for 10 days..So hopefully the doctor won't report it.Mom figures if she has to wait ten days if Oliver was confined she can just wait 10 days and watch him every day as he comes to eat.If worse comes to worse Mom will go through the rabie shots before she lets them hurt Oliver.This week she has to try and get Tessas kittens she is starting to bring them by to eat so Mom knows she is ready to let them go.Besides they eat like little pigs and are costing Mom a bundle.mol.Cross your paws for Mom that this works out smooth.lol
Sending your momma purrs - glad she got it stitched up. It sounds painful!