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Cut a long story short - we have taken in a re-home cat who is very timid and he bit me this morning. Didn't bite hard or deep (in fact I don't think he REALLY meant it, didn't sink his teeth in so to speak LOL) but he bit me either side of my knuckle and it is now quite sore, think it could come up infected f I don't watch it. It just sort of has that feel to it. Apart from the obvious keeping it clean, does anyone have a favourite remedy for bites?

Also, any advice on helping this guy settle in. He was born a feral and was homed with his brother. Unfortunately the home had a small child and while he should have been settling in to his new home, the child was throwing things at him. Consequently he is VERY timid, and has hid under the workbench now for 24 hours and hasn't yet eaten anything. He will let me stroke him if I reach under the bench, but I moved too fast this morning and he thought I was trying to catch him.

Any ideas would be great

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I'd put an over-the-counter antibiotic on it.

I'd say let him come to you. Don't rush him, don't approach him, put food/water/litter box close to him. If they are close to his safe place, he's more likely to use them. Give him time to adjust to a new home. Don't worry if he doesn't eat right away. He will when he feels safer. Give him time and be patient with no immediate expectations for interaction.

Can you tell I've gone through this a time or two?
 

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If he broke the skin, clean, scrub and sanitize it until you're sick of scrubbing; even small cat bites get very infected very easily, and can be pretty nasty.

I would honestly just give him a few days in a small room with a few hiding spots, and let him adjust, then try befriending him with treats and slow movements so he maybe won't be quite so reactive..... poor fella, he just doesn't understand.
 

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My father would tell you to be very careful of that bite because it's by a knuckle. He said infections settle in those areas easily.

As for kitty, leave him be under the workbench for a few days. Put a litter box and food and water near him. keep yor distance and talk to him a lot. That cat needs a lot of time and patience. No fast movements as he doesn't trust humans now.
 

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I feel that an animal that bites me while trying to feed it.. Needs to go back and meet its maker..
Yeah I know I am going to be flamed. But that is how I feel./
But keep the cat around in case it was rabid.
 

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What else can you expect, it's a cat. Why do you think the word catastrophe starts out c-a-t? Just coincidence? I don't think so.
 

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To tame him, put him in a large cage (like a dog crate for a large dog) in a busy, public area of your house. Ignore him at first except to feed him and clean his litter. When he stops panicking whenever you walk by, start encouraging him by petting him. Be careful -- cat bites, as you discovered, can be nasty.

If you allow him to hide whenever he sees you, it's self-reinforcing behavior.

Note: not all ferals can be tamed. And even the ones that can tend to be high strung, depending on how many generations they were feral. I have one who's never been hurt, ever, by anyone but he'll still leave the room if a stranger enters -- or sit by my bedroom door crying for me to open it. A stranger for him is anyone who hasn't lived in the house for months, even if they visit regularly. He's from a long, long, long line of ferals from a friend's farm. It's just pure survival instinct.

(LOL ... he's also terrified of the outdoors. He will sometimes tip-toe to the bottom of the steps, look around, go, "Oh, shoot! I'm outside! It's scary out here!" and streak back inside. He's not stupid -- it's safer inside.)

Good mouser, though. :)
 

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A guy down the road got bit on the top knuckle of his index finger last year. He didn't go to the doctor in time and the infection got into the bone. They almost had to amputate. Total bill by the time it was done: (paid by insurance) $100,000, and the finger will never work normally again. The rabies test on the animal was negative.
I recommand an antibiotic injection ASAP followed by normal antibiotic treatment. The specialist he ended up with said the worst animal bite in terms of infection (including wild animals) is a domestic cat bite.
 

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DH seperated two fighting Toms once and got bit on the thumb...it turned nasty quickly...thumb turned different colors, then totally black and swollen. Took a LOT of antibiotics for weeks for him to keep the thumb!

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DW was petting a semi feral cat, it bit her on the knuckle, YUP, big time infection the next day. took loads of antibiotics AFTER the DR. opened and cleaned the wound. Please be careful... Andy
 

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I would give the cat a good strong dose of 22...LOL LOL LOL! I was thinking the very same thing. Kill the cat! LOL!
The best remedy for a cat bite is to drain the blood from the cat's jugular, Skin the remains, and then put some tiple antibiotic ointment on the bite.

This seems to heal the problem very well...
 

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Please please please be careful! Did this bite break the skin?

My dh was bitten by a feral cat years ago, and went to Urgent Care right away for antibiotics. If I remember correctly he got an injection & oral antibiotics. The finger was very sore, but he seemed otherwise OK. This was the morning of the 4th of July, and later that night we rode our bikes to go see fireworks. We got home around midnight, and dh went to shower - he noticed blue streaks going up his arm from the wrist toward the elbow. It was blood poisoning. The exercise of the bike ride sped up the process. He nearly lost his finger & thumb. If he had gone to sleep that night and to the ER in the morning, they assured him that an amputation would have occurred.

This feral cat ended up being our pet for about 8 years. She was very loving, and never bit anyone again. She especially loved my dh, guess they had a special bond after their little incident.

As far as getting him settled, I'd just let him be alone for as long as he needs to. He'll come around to you when he feels more comfortable.
 

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hoggie said:
Cut a long story short - we have taken in a re-home cat who is very timid and he bit me this morning. Didn't bite hard or deep (in fact I don't think he REALLY meant it, didn't sink his teeth in so to speak LOL) but he bit me either side of my knuckle and it is now quite sore, think it could come up infected f I don't watch it. It just sort of has that feel to it. Apart from the obvious keeping it clean, does anyone have a favourite remedy for bites?

Also, any advice on helping this guy settle in. He was born a feral and was homed with his brother. Unfortunately the home had a small child and while he should have been settling in to his new home, the child was throwing things at him. Consequently he is VERY timid, and has hid under the workbench now for 24 hours and hasn't yet eaten anything. He will let me stroke him if I reach under the bench, but I moved too fast this morning and he thought I was trying to catch him.

Any ideas would be great

thanks

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Dump some alcohol on it and use some Neosporin or such. It will probably get a little infected. Take some extra vitamin C for a few days to help stave off infection. If you are in good health it should clear up quickly. Poor kitty. I'm glad he has a happier home now. I hope you will make him an inside-only kitty.

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who has two of the above
 

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Also when dealing with a cat that is very timid and scared... especially one that has been feral - WATCH OUT FOR CAT SCRATCH FEVER....

I thought this was something that was made up when I was younger and my aunt would warn about the farm cats........

but then my DS17 (7 at the time) got scratched by our TAME outside cat (very slightly on the arm and hand) Nothing to be concerned with, didn't really even notice it but....

He came down with a very serious case of cat scratch fever about a week ro so later....... it was the most serious case his pediatrician had seen in years he said... (he still has the scar in his armpit from the shunt they had to put in because his lymph gland swelled to the size of a baseball!!! He was one sick kid for awhile!

VERY SERIOUS STUFF.... please be careful when handling your ball of "fire"!!
 

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I'd go with Cygnet on what to do to socialize this cat.

And I'd soak that wound in hot epsom salted water a coupla times a day, and try to keep it open in order to avoid a cyst forming. A trip to the doc for a shot would be a good idea too. Epsom salts will draw out the nastiness.

I've had cats for years, don't have one at the moment tho. I've been scratched and bit aplenty. Don't mess around with a cat bite. And gentle that cat a la Cygnet's instructions if you can. Cygnet's note about feral cats not always socializing is important too.

Good luck!
 

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You should assume that you're going to get an pasteurella infection. In other words, go to urgent care and get an antibiotic either tonight or first thing in the morning.

You could lose your finger if you get pasteurella and don't get onto antibiotics quickly--the infection spreads with extraordinary rapidity.
 

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I have several cats. One cat disappeared a year ago and came back a couple of months ago trailing a litter of little wild 6 week-old kittens. They are now about 3 months old and one of them is still very wild and will not come near me. I always look for a chance to sneak upon it because I want to tame it. Well yesterday that chance came and it didn't see me sneaking up upon it and I grabbed it by the neck and brought it up to my chest facing me and it went crazy. It started chomping down on my thumb and I immediately let go but I guess it didn't realize it because it kept chomping on my thumb and scratching my other arm. It finally got free and I went and checked out my boo-boo's. Beside several scratches on my arm, I have several deep bites on my thumb. I washed up real good and have been putting neosporin on the bites and scratches. The thumb is sore and I'm keeping my eye on it. Nothing bad so far. I'm not going to blame the cat. I asked for it and I learned a lesson. To leave it alone. Actually I do need to catch it again, eventually, to get her fixed. She definitely doesn't need to be reproducing and she gets along great with all my other cats so I don't want to put her to sleep.
 

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Thanks everyone for the answers.

Yes he broke the skin in three places :( 2 of them look OK, the other has a bit of a ring around it this morning so I may just pop to the doc today to be safe.

Getting rid of the cat is not an option. He did not attack me, I scared him! My fault entirely - partly caused by trying to manouvre under the bench :D - but nothing that the cat should be blamed for.

His future life is as a barn/stable cat at my smallholding so the cage idea isn't really an option. He is currently in the feed room and he has hi sfood and stuff under the bench. But I would like him to be confident enough that he will stay around while we work. Maybe I should start lighting the stove in the workshop - I never met a cat that didn't like to curl up by the stove LOL

When he gets a bit braver and will come out when I am there etc. he will be let out into the workshop and then have the run of the place from there. Lots of hunting for him, plenty of mice and rabbits to catch and no close neighbours to worry him. Sounds like heaven for an ex-feral cat to me - just got to make him realise it's a good place to be :rolleyes:

thanks again

hoggie
 
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