So when you get one of these soft bites, your cat is simplysaying to you. "Please stop what you are doing".
Wound infections associated with animal bites usually have a polymicrobial etiology, mandating the empiric use of broad-spectrum antimicrobials targeted at both aerobic and anaerobic gram-negative bacteria. Nevertheless, Pasteurella species are commonly isolated pathogens in most animal bites, especially in dog- and cat-related injuries. These injuries can be aggressive, with skin manifestations typically appearing within 24 hours following a bite. These wounds can exhibit a rapidly progressive soft-tissue inflammation that may resemble group A β-hemolytic infections.
Clinical manifestation depends on mode of transmission. In animal biting the cat is found to be the most common mode of acquisition, thus skin and soft tissue infection becomes the most common infection in humans. In most of the cases, the infection appears as non-purulent cellulitis, lymphangitis or both8. This is followed by purulent wound with or without abscess formation8. Our case the patient presented with purulent type of infection with abscess formation. Cellulitis occurs hours to few days at the bite site2. However, in another study, respiratory tract infections were found to be the most common clinical presentation of Pasteurellamultocida infection followed by skin and soft tissue infections9.
A soft cat bite in the nose - YouTube
Soft bites are one of the ways cats express affection
Animal bites are a common entity among patient visits to the emergency department. In the United States, dog and cat bites comprise 1% of all emergency department visits. Cat bites represent approximately 3% to 15% of these cases., They are more likely to involve the upper extremity and face, with varying rates of infection ranging from 28% to 80%. Cats possess narrow, sharp teeth that can easily pierce the soft tissues like a hypodermic needle. This mechanism creates a small break in the skin that heals quickly, thus trapping the bacteria in the deeper tissues often resulting in invasive infection.Unfortunately, detecting bites in a cat can be difficult because cats often appear to look fine after an encounter. Over the next two to four days after a fight, bacteria deposited in the wound begin to multiply. The cat develops a fever, becomes lethargic and often stops eating. Many cats are taken to the veterinarian at this stage, where the abscess appears as either a firm or soft painful swelling. While P. multocida sensitivity is well documented, it is not susceptible to many oral antibiotics routinely administered for skin and soft tissue infections such as cephalexin or clindamycin. 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. Doxycycline with or without metronidazole or second- or third-generation cephalosporins (cefuroxime, cefpodoxime) can be utilized in such cases. Intravenous treatment is indicated when cellulitis and/or lymphangitis are evident, as in this case. This achieves detectable levels in the wound much sooner than by the oral or intramuscular route. Surgical intervention is indicated for drainage of any deep space infection, and primary closure of the bite wound is usually not necessary. Immunization against tetanus and rabies (where indicate) is advised.I ordered the item as pictured, Petmate Doskocil Co. Inc. Natural Fur Mice Soft Bite Cat Toys, 6-Pack. I ordered these, because I wanted to give my cats a natural fur toy to play with. However, I got Aspenpet furry mice 6-pack, that was not natural fur...it was this weird fuzzy fabric, with a white netting on the back. Although I did not get the item out of the pack...they did not seem to have the same quality on visual inspection.