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January 18th, 2007
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Date:January 19th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
I've had cats around since ... well, forever. They were around when I was born, I grew up with them, and I had two of my own before I moved out of mommy and daddy's.

I'm pretty sure I've been viciously mauled before, although I can't really remember when. Anyway, I've never had anything worse than the most minor of infections from a cat-induced wound.

Which is to say, just know your own body and what it is and isn't susceptible to. The less you worry about a horrible blood-borne disease, the less stressed out you'll be about it, and the less stressed-out you are, the less likely you are to get sick.
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Date:January 19th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
Thank you for the moment of perspective. Frankly, I hadn't even considered blood poisoning until it was mentioned here; and I'm still not actively worried about it -- it's just something worth looking for, in case weird symptoms pop up.

Again, this isn't my first cat bite. I'm just not taking any chances, because going into muscle was further than I was comfortable leaving untreated.
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Date:January 19th, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
It's really only a problem with tooth puncture wounds. I've had cats and worked with animals since I was born as well, and been mauled plenty of times, and this was the only time I ever got an infection. When it happened, I wasn't worried, because I HAD been bit so many times, and it was "just" a cat bite (a small puncture wound). It hurt, but I just took some tylenol. I went to bed, not worried about blood-borne pathogens at all (after all, I am liberally marked with scars from animals). Even after it swelled up and turned red I figured it was fine and would heal on its own. Or maybe I just hate doctors. ;D They finally "made" me go when I started getting streaks -- the next afternoon.

When I was little (2 years old or something) I used to corner my cat and get scratches down my whole face. Heh. My mom took me to the doctor since it happened repeatedly and the doctor said it was fine, just keep them clean.

The reason the cat that bit me bit me is because he's only got three legs, and I was trying to break up a cat fight (stupid). Since his one front leg was busy holding him up, he resorted to teeth. It was deep.

Keep in mind that it's not just mental stress that lowers your immunity. People are much more prone to getting sick when they haven't gotten enough sleep, haven't been eating right, or are stressing their body through temperature extremes, etc.

And sometimes, a blood-borne bacteria will getcha, even if you're a zen master.

Honestly though, having blood poisoning was no big deal. Rather amusing actually. IV antibiotics and a bottle of pills later, I just have a scar and an amusing tale to show for it.

And then, sometimes you won't get sick at all.
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