Wednesday, June 28, 2006

CAT FIGHT WOUNDS


CAT FIGHT WOUNDS


Cat fights, this is another question that is commonly asked about fighting cats from owners. There pet was in a cat fight and has come back into the house with some blood on their face or body, but still look okay, the likely result from a fight.

Cat bite wounds can be very deceiving. What only looks like a small wound can have very serious consequences. These wounds frequently result in infections and can be quite debilitating. Bite wounds are more common in male cats versus female cats because they are more territorial.

I don’t see any bite marks?

Cat bite marks are very small, and to see them it is necessary to separate the hair to see the wounds. Often times you won’t see them just by glancing at your cat. Be sure to look where bite wounds happen most frequently, the face and near the base of the tail.


Why can cat bites be so severe?

Like all animals, the mouths of cats are filled with bacteria. When a cat bites, only a few, very small puncture wounds are made. The bacteria go deep into the skin, and are able to grow, and cause a deep infection. Normally when you have a larger wound, like inflicted by a dog bite, the wound is open enough for the bacteria, and pus to drain from the infection.

But with cat bites, only small pucture wounds are left which is not large enough for bacteria, and pus to leak from, so a severe infection and abscess can form.

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