GJ asked in PetsCats · 1 month ago

Why does my wrist hurt after a cat scratch and bite?

I volunteer at a cat shelter once a week and this lovely cat is very playful. Today he got me good with a few bites and scratches. I had immediate pain in my wrist and it swelled. I washed it with soap and water and it was just before heading home for the day. I got the scratches and bite around 10:30, perhaps even closer to 11, but it's 5pm now and my wrist still hurts to move.

I only attached one photo because that's all I can attach.

Thank you guys so much in advance


Update: thank you guys for the help ❤️ and I did bleed a little bit from a couple but I'm not sure if it was from a bite or a scratch.

I'll make sure to keep an eye on it.

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9 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 week ago

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  • Ocimom
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    If you have swelling then you have infection.  You really should see a doctor.  Cat bites are worse then a dog bite because they close quickly and infection can set in.

  • 1 month ago

    It sounds to me like you've gotten an infection in the bite, it's an allergic reaction, or possibly it's resulted in nerve damage of some kind.

    Remember, a cat bite wound is much more likely to get severely infected than a dog bite, since cats have needle like teeth, meaning that pathogens are carried far further into the wound, and since it bleeds less as a result, the bite injury isn't 'flushed out' with blood nearly as much as a dog bite is. It's for that reason specifically that I would strongly recommend that you get the bite looked at by a doctor.

    I know of this because a similar situation happened to my mum when I was little. A female cat who we had at the time (her name was Tabitha) was sitting on the table in the hall at the time, and our dog was standing under the table and began barking at her, and she hissed in retaliation. My mum separated the two and got the dog to go into the front room, then picked the cat up, to go to put her into her basket, and the cat bit her in response, most likely thinking that it was the dog. My mum's hand swelled up so much that it looked like she was wearing an inflated rubber glove, and she got given very strong antibiotics from our GP at the time to treat it.

    Hope this helps.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It could simply be an allergy to the cat bites or more severely, an infection with how dirty cat mouths are. I know when I first got a cat I was very allergic to them and whenever I would get bit/scratched my hands would swell up in pretty much the same way. After I had the cat for a while and my allergies got better I didn't have the issue anymore. If you aren't allergic to cats though I'd definitely keep an eye on it for sure to be careful of infections. 

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  • 1 month ago

    If you get scratched again, you'll want to wash it as soon as possible. Cat scratches can get pretty irritated, and washing it will help it heal sooner and not hurt as much. And some people are more sensitive to cat scratches, so you might be slightly allergic. It should be nothing to worry about though, most likely it will heal in a few days.

  • reme_1
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    See a doctor. Cat scratches can be bad!

  • Casey
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    If you got bit you need to go to the ER, Cat bites can become dangerously infected very fast. Infection bad enough to hospitalize you can set in within a few hours. espeshally bites in the joint. 

    Source(s): Vet tech
  • Expat
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    It looks okay. Put some antibiotic cream on them. Cat scratch fever, if you were to have caught it won’t appear for at least a few days to more than a week after the bite or scratch and generally begins with a blister near the wound. If that happens, do not delay seeking professional medical attention because it’s a serious problem. But yours looks okay. I got scratched by a cat that attacked my dog a few days ago and one scratch really burned for a full day afterwards but it’s fine now. 

  • Raven
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Did you bleed at all? Cat claw scratches can result in cat scratch fever. I've had that. A cat bite, if it breaks the skin, can be a very serious business. You might have to get antibiotics from your doctor. You may want to ask him/her about it. Cat bites have sent people to the hospital. Be very careful!

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