I let one of our cats in Saturday night, pet his neck and got my hand wet. Picked him up to look and he had a fang-sized hole in his skin that I could see underneath. I cleaned it out with peroxide and it tore a little bigger. Since then, I've cleaned it about twice a day with peroxide or bactine spray (this is easier). He's also getting antibiotics we had leftover from the last time he was bit and went to the vet with an abscess. There's no visible signs of infection, it scabbed over very nicely with no redness and swelling, and the darned cat decides to scratch it open last night. Today, he was sitting on the couch and scratched it bloody again. Geesh. We have one more antibiotic pill left, and I'm afraid with those little paws going where they do, that we will end up back in the vets office with a $150 in charges again. I chased him off the couch and let him outside (his garden of eden, you know) so he didn't bleed all over the slipcover and called the vet's office. They told me he would probably need an E-collar (I think the bite is too low on his neck for this). I went outside to double check on the location of the bite mark and low and behold, there's a dead possum in the front yard! I sure hope it wasn't a possum bite. We've had trouble with them this year. The coyotes have moved south about thirty miles away, so there is no control over these nasty little rat-like creatures. Earlier this spring, a full-grown possum was hit down the street from us and that same week, every day, we had a dead baby possum in our back yard that I had to scoop up with a shovel and toss in the garbage can. Blech. About five babies were killed in our back yard. We assumed they were under our shed and one of the dogs were killing them. And it stopped. We thought it was over. Then a few weeks ago when DH was finishing up the greenhouse and hoophouse, he asked me to go check it out and this nasty rotten animal smell was all stinking up the nice fresh air out there. It was under the shed, again. We assumed one survived and had just died under there. Can't jack up the shed to scoop it out, right? Well, then, now we have another one. I'm afraid there might be more. How do you trap these creepy dirty animals to get rid of them? DH says they are too dumb to crawl in a live trap. He says you have to stake them out and shoot 'em. If there is one animal I can't stand above all others, it's a possum. Overgrown rats, they are. If they are this stupid, wouldn't it be sufficient to just plug up the hole where they are getting in and out?