Cat Scratches Get Ugly

Cynthia Dermody


cat scratches

Photo by Trentonzmama

Before you read further, click here for a picture of veg4animals2006's son after he tried to force the family cat (not the one at right) up onto the windowsill against his will. Ouch. 

"It looks bad, but he's okay," says veg4animals2006 in her Journal post. "We cleaned him up right away and afterward told him (for the millionth time) that he needs to leave the kitty alone! Hopefully this finally drills that into his head."

We don't have cats (allergic), but I did when I was a kid, and I remember how easily kitties get annoyed and what those claws feel like.

jazzy020106 asked the CafeMom Newcomer's Club what to do if you child is scratched by a cat, and here's how one knowledgable mom answered her:

Being a Vet tech, wash it with hot soapy water, then first aid cream, band aid. I wouldn't go to the doctor unless it started to look like it was was getting an infection in it. And did you know there's even a type of bacterial infection that can result called cat scratch fever? (See catch scratch fever symptoms).

  • My oldest DD just had this from a cat bite on her cheek. She got bit one night and by the next day her cheek was red. The doctor took one look at it and wrote her a prescription for an antibiotic. She never got a fever or felt bad or anything, but I think that's because we got medicine so soon after the redness showed up.
  • Be careful because my little boy got sick from a cat scratch. He was about 3 and got scratched by a kitten and he got a huge knot on his neck and was sick for a while. They finally had to do surgery to remove it. I am not trying to scare you it is pretty rare but I would just keep an eye on it.

And here's what astrogirl84's daughter looked like after she was scratched by a stray cat and developed cat scratch fever at age 4. The scratch on her cheek kept getting redder and more irritated. Then her face started to swell up on one side and she developed a rash all over her body. Luckily, antibiotics cleared her right up and she was back to her gorgeous self in no time.

cat scratch fever

Photo by astrogirl84

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