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Old 01-05-2013, 09:50 PM   #1
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Last night I was able to grab the skinniest kitten in the stray group around here, bring him inside to eat and let him back out after he was done. I tried this again tonight and he flipped when I went to bring him inside and in the fight to leave gave me a few scratches. I've already washed with Dial, used hand sanitizer and went over the scratches with peroxide. He was the one I thought would want to be a house cat. Apparently not! I learned my lesson lol. He went trotting away and rolled around in the grass and played. I guess he really likes it outdoors.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:35 PM   #2
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I am a health inspector and saw your thread. You should see a doctor if you were scratched by a stray cat. Your doctor will probably recommend rabies shots for you. Stray cats can carry rabies. You should not pick up stray animals, they are not vaccinated and are at risk for rabies. I am not trying to scare you, but you should see a doctor immediately.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:41 PM   #3
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lol, i did the same thing 4 nights ago, and still have the scratches, I will go get rabbi shot when foam is coming from mouth
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:47 PM   #4
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I am a health inspector and saw your thread. You should see a doctor if you were scratched by a stray cat. Your doctor will probably recommend rabies shots for you. Stray cats can carry rabies. You should not pick up stray animals, they are not vaccinated and are at risk for rabies. I am not trying to scare you, but you should see a doctor immediately.
I read on a website that you only really have to worry if you're bit as its spread by saliva.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:49 PM   #5
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I read on a website that you only really have to worry if you're bit as its spread by saliva.
You still may want to contact your Dr. You don't want to get cat scratch fever either.
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Why bother.. They are feral and can do just fine without help ...

Actually better..
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:51 PM   #7
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You still may want to contact your Dr. You don't want to get cat scratch fever either.
I don't have medical insurance. I'd have to go to the ER. I'm also on antibiotics for a sinus infection so I think I'll be fine. It's just three tiny little marks.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:54 PM   #8
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OP I don't think you really need to worry until you start having problems. lol I get scratches all the time and have never had any problems. Just sayin'. And I'm giggling that he wants to be outside, our boy always wants to be out as well but he's also perfectly happy to be in. He was a stray that we brought in at 4 weeks old, medicated him, fed him by hand (baby food from a syringe) and now he's a great cat.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:58 PM   #9
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lol, i did the same thing 4 nights ago, and still have the scratches, I will go get rabbi shot when foam is coming from mouth
Too late once symptoms appear and it can be months before they appear. Rabies is 99.9% fatal. ( I think there has been one survivor in the US )

I don't know the risk from cat scratches, but it is certainly something I'd want to run by my physician.
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Too late once symptoms appear and it can be months before they appear. Rabies is 99.9% fatal. ( I think there has been one survivor in the US )

I don't know the risk from cat scratches, but it is certainly something I'd want to run by my physician.
Rabies can only be transmitted in the final stages of the disease. If the cat doesn't get sick and die in the next 10 days then I'm fine. He looks as healthy as can be. I swear he skipped away from me in satisfaction lol.
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My daughter was scratched by a stray cat one year when we visited an upstate NY farm, and she had to get the series of rabies shots. The worry is that a cat may lick its paws and the rabies virus in its saliva would then be on its claws to infect the scratched person. Not to scare you, and I'm sure the odds are very small to contract rabies this way, but like the other poster said, once you have symptoms, it's too late, and fatal. Not a chance I was willing to take with my daughter. I would speak to my doctor if I were you, just to be safe.
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A co-worker of mine got a staph infection after being scratched by one of her own indoor cats. Be careful to watch the scratches for signs of infection.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:10 PM   #13
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A co-worker of mine got a staph infection after being scratched by one of her own indoor cats. Be careful to watch the scratches for signs of infection.
I've gotten scratched by my solely indoor cat all the time over the last 12 years. I've always just cleaned them and put on peroxide a few times and have always been fine.
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Rabies can only be transmitted in the final stages of the disease. If the cat doesn't get sick and die in the next 10 days then I'm fine. He looks as healthy as can be. I swear he skipped away from me in satisfaction lol.
You need to check your info about rabies.
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You need to check your info about rabies.
From the humane society website:

Rabies travels from the brain to the salivary glands during the final stage of the disease—this is when an animal can spread the disease, most commonly through a bite.
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