There are many of us that are walking around our neighborhood or through our city when we happen to come across a cat. Many of us absolutely love cats, and so one approaching us is something that we welcome. We love the opportunity to pet and give a little love these little felines, and think really nothing of the danger that could be involved.
Then, something happens that’s a little out of the ordinary. The cat bites you and you start to think to yourself what are the potential risks that are involved here. If this was somebody’s cat, then there probably isn’t anything for you to be concerned about. The vast majority pet owners ensure that their cats shots are up-to-date and that they pose no health risk to people or other animals in the area.
That is true of a cat owned by somebody, however, there are many cats that you may find living in your area that are strays. They are not owned by anybody, meaning that they are out foraging for food and looking for places to sleep or to find solitude. It also means that they have likely not been to a vet and thus have the potential of carrying pathogens or diseases in them. So, what do you do if you are bitten by a stray cat?
The risk to you can be somewhat severe. Some of these animals can carry illnesses that could put your health and maybe even your life at risk. By ignoring it or procrastinating before getting help you could actually be risking yourself and potentially you could become quite sick. That is unacceptable at all.
So, before getting yourself worked up the first thing that you want to do is to get control of your emotions. Panicking may only speed up the spread of the disease in your body which could put you at greater risk. So, try to stay calm.
If it is possible to do so without putting yourself at greater risk, see if you can capture the cat in something. If there is a box or crate around where you could enclose the cat without coming in direct contact with it again, then try to do so. This will allow medical professionals to get a closer look at the animal so they can see if there is anything to be concerned about.
Of course, regardless of whether you are able to capture the cat or not, what you need to do is seek emergency medical attention right away. This is a very dangerous situation if you do not get treatment. The longer you wait the more likely it is that you could become seriously ill.
Do not wait to make an appointment with your doctor. Go to the nearest emergency room or other emergency clinic to get treated right away. This is the safest option you can make for yourself and ensures that your health will not be put at risk by your desire to pet this little feline.
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