It is safe to assume that most California residents fear dog attacks more than they fear cat attacks. While dogs can be large and appear aggressive, most cats just look too sweet to wage war on a human. Unfortunately, cats can attack people just like dogs can and sometimes the outcome of a bite or a scratch can be serious.
Anytime an animal bites you, it is wise to seek medical attention. This can protect you from illnesses as well as severe tissue damage. Below, you will find information about two potentially dangerous illnesses a cat bite can cause.
Pasteurella multocida: The presence of this bacteria in a feline’s mouth can lead to a serious infection. Without immediate and sometimes ongoing attention to the bite wound infection can occur and spread to the surrounding tissue. Some people must even undergo hospitalization after the bite wound becomes infected.
Bartonella hanselae: You may have heard the term cat scratch fever or cat scratch disease. This is a real condition that is caused by the presence of the bacteria Bartonella hanselae in a cat’s system. It can cause illness in humans when an infected cat bites or scratches. In most cases, cat scratch fever is not considered serious. However, you can become ill if you have a weak immune system.
Animal bites involving cats should never be taken lightly. As with any animal attack, victims should clean the wound immediately and seek medical treatment to avoid a worsening of symptoms.
If the cat that injured you belongs to another party, you may pursue an injury or premises liability claim to help you mitigate the losses you have suffered. This can help you pay for any medical care you require and replace any income you lost because of your animal bite injury. Consult with an attorney to learn more about your legal options.