Question - Do I need a tetanus shot if my cat bit me?

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Many experts also recommend antibiotics for any person bitten by a cat because there is a high rate of infection from cat bites. Adults who are bitten should receive a tetanus vaccine (called a tetanus toxoid vaccine) if the most recent tetanus vaccine was greater than 5 years ago. Here's what to do if a cat bites you The blood will help move the bacteria from the wound. Next, wash the wound with mild soap and water. Slow the bleeding with a clean cloth and apply over-the counter antibiotic cream if you have it. Then, wrap the wound in a sterile bandage. Cat bites can be dangerous both to other animals and to humans. In their mouths, all cats carry a large number of bacteria that are capable of causing tissue infections in bite wounds. Infected people may suffer from fever and flu-like symptoms and, rarely, may die if proper medical treatment is not sought. If a cat or dog bites you, you should: Wash the wound gently with soap and water. Apply pressure with a clean towel to the injured area to stop any bleeding. Apply a sterile bandage to the wound. Keep the wound elevated above your heart to prevent swelling and infection. Antibiotic prophylaxis should be considered, especially if there is a high risk of infection, such as with cat bites, with puncture wounds, with wounds to the hand, and in persons who are immunosuppressed. In most states, physicians are required by law to report animal bites.

https://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/files/2008/04/M3-Cat-Bites.pdf

Do I Need To See A Doctor For A Cat Bite? If the bitten area becomes increasingly painful or swollen, if there is pus or any discharge (particularly with a bad smell) coming from the wound, or if you develop a fever or swollen lymph nodes (glands), you should also see your doctor as soon as possible.

https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/768875-medication

In general, low-risk wounds do not require prophylactic antibiotics. However, therapy is recommended for high-risk wounds (eg, cat bites that are a true puncture, bites to the hand, massive crush injury, late presentation, poor general health). Have injuries that may have penetrated the periosteum or joint capsule.

https://www.cdc.gov/capnocytophaga/signs-symptoms/index.html

After being bitten, most people who become ill will show symptoms within 3 to 5 days, but this can range anywhere from 1 to 14 days. Most Capnocytophaga infections usually occur with dog or cat bites. But some people who develop a Capnocytophaga infection have not been bitten.

https://pets.webmd.com/cats/news/20140209/cat-bites-may-lead-to-serious-infections-hospitalizations

Cat Bites May Lead to Serious Infections. Although cats have no more germs in their mouths than dogs or people, researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that when cats bite, their sharp teeth can inject hard-to-treat bacteria deeply into the skin and joints, increasing the risk for serious infection.

https://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4216.pdf

No. If bitten, a vaccinated person should receive two more doses of rabies vaccine; one dose immediately and one three days later.

https://www.healthline.com/health/animal-bite-infections

What are the symptoms of animal bite infections? pus or fluid oozing from the wound. tenderness in areas near the bite. loss of sensation around the bite. limited use of the finger or hand if the hand was bitten. red streaks near the bite. swollen lymph nodes. fever or chills. night sweats.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/cat-scratch-disease-cuddlin

Known as 'cat-scratch disease', the illness can cause an intense fever, pustules and - if complications develop - can even result in death. Caused by bacteria transmitted from cat to cat by fleas, humans risk contracting the disease by kissing or nuzzling cats, or by being scratched or bitten.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4131574/

Amoxicillin with clavulanate is the current recommendation for antibiotic treatment for cat bites. In penicillin-allergic patients or those with penicillin-resistant strains, other alternatives are necessary.

https://www.everydayhealth.com/sanjay-gupta/when-is-a-pet-bite-worth-a-trip-to-the-doctor-1069.aspx

A surface wound such as a scratch can generally be treated at home by rinsing the area with water and applying an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin. But any puncture wound should be seen by a doctor. Cat bites are less frequent than dog bites, but cat teeth are sharper and carry a higher risk of infection.

https://www.petmd.com/cat/behavior/causes-sudden-aggression-cats

Arthritis, dental disease, trauma, and infections are just some of the conditions that can cause pain and subsequent aggression when a cat is touched, or thinks he or she might be touched, in a painful area. -Territorial aggression happens when a cat feels an intruder is infringing on his or her territory.

https://pets.webmd.com/cats/rabies-cats

Classic signs of rabies in cats are changes in behavior (including aggression, restlessness and lethargy), increased vocalization, loss of appetite, weakness, disorientation, paralysis, seizures and even sudden death.

https://www.fairview.org/patient-education/115835EN

Always get medical attention for cat bites on the hand. They are highly likely to become infected. Most wounds heal within 10 days. But an infection can occur even with proper treatment.

https://www.petmd.com/cat/conditions/neurological/c_ct_rabies

Rabies is usually transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal and is most commonly spread through bites. It is still possible to get rabies from a cat scratch or a scratch from any infected animal, but it is less common.

https://www.amcny.org/blog/2014/05/14/is-a-cat-bite-worse-than-a-dog-bite

Dog bites may look worse, because their teeth are larger, but the slender, sharp fangs of a cat penetrate deeply into the tissues. Cat bites are more likely to introduce bacteria deep into the wound, causing serious infection and damage to tendons and ligaments.