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  1. IheartMickey

    IheartMickey I have not been blessed by the tag fairy!

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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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  3. kandb

    kandb DIS Veteran

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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.
     
  4. low-key

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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 :lmao:
     
  5. IheartMickey

    IheartMickey I have not been blessed by the tag fairy!

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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.
     
  6. phorsenuf

    phorsenuf <marquee><font color=blue>Not so New Rule author o

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    You still may want to contact your Dr. You don't want to get cat scratch fever either.
     
  7. disneyfans95

    disneyfans95 DIS Veteran

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    Why bother.. They are feral and can do just fine without help ...

    Actually better..
     
  8. IheartMickey

    IheartMickey I have not been blessed by the tag fairy!

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    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.
     
  9. pixiewings71

    pixiewings71 <marquee><font color=deeppink>Sweet!!! Totally!!!!

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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. :)
     
  10. 4luv2cdisney

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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.
     
  11. IheartMickey

    IheartMickey I have not been blessed by the tag fairy!

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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.
     
  12. gemini2727

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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.
     
  13. Luv Bunnies

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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.
     
  14. IheartMickey

    IheartMickey I have not been blessed by the tag fairy!

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    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.
     
  15. SaraJayne

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    You need to check your info about rabies.
     
  16. IheartMickey

    IheartMickey I have not been blessed by the tag fairy!

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    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.
     
  17. Lynne M

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    An antibiotic only works on certain organisms. That's why sensitivity tests are usually done with a culture. The antibiotic you're taking for a sinus infection might not do a thing against the kind of bacteria you'd find in a wound infection.

    I'd make sure that your tetanus vaccination is up to date, too.
     
  18. manning

    manning <font color=blue>Just for that I have requested it

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    Do the smart thing and go to the doctor. Why take a chance of losing your life.

    You could be wrong......DEAD wrong!!
     
  19. gemini2727

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     While it is true that an animal is contagious during the final "shedding" stage of rabies, it is also true that the animal can appear normal for the first 5 days of this stage. You really can't tell if an animal has rabies just by looking at it.
     
  20. mdsoccermom

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    Sorry, but even a rabbi won't be able to help, LOL!
     
  21. NHdisneylover

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    f you cannot afford to visit a doctor, then please stop messing with stray animals. It would seem from your other posts that you are likely not in a position to take your pets to the vet wither--yet when you bring a stray into the home you expose those pets to a variety of possible illness.
    You really need to leave the feral cats alone--for their own good as well as for your and your pets safety.
     

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