i have around 10 wild (domestic/bobcat crosses) cats. we were catching them to send to their new home and one that i cought whom is normally a fairly sweet tom cat went phyco on me and bit me. keep in mind i have handled all these cats some and when cought settle down quickly, but for some reason or another he went mean and bit and scratched me. the bite was so severe that i could not move let alone use my first and middle fingers plus thumb. it sweeled about 3x normal size and i went to the hospital and got a tetnus booster and antibiotics. 3 days later still unable to use it after following strict instructions from the er doctor, i went back in because i ended up pulling 4 worms from the inner bite and 2 from the bite closest to my thumb. i was told that i was lying and sent home. when i got home,this part is odd i know, i cut my own finger open because i could feel and see the worms moving in the bite wound (the bite itself is to the bone and broke my finger) i pulled out an overall total of 18 worms between the 2 holes the cats teeth left. they are little bitty worms barely visable but i could see that they all had reddish looking tails with brownish/grey heads. called health dept and theyve never heard of this with cat bites and the vet didnt know either i dont have them anymore so i cannot show the vets anything, they were moving and very much alive when pulled them out. im almost certain ive got them all out but what could this be? i have also been sick off and on since it happened. occasional fever, cold-sweats, severe pain to the effected area and the rest of my arm, and severe nausia. the emergency room nurse said all they could do is give me tetnus shot and thats it. animal control has not contacted me because the cat is in the country and the sheriffs dept has also not contacted me. this cat has never had any vaccines and is showing a couple signs off and on of distemeper and rabies both. im unsure of what to do and apparently this is an odd case... any advice? please help if you can. i know this kind of thing can be fatal but cant find help anywhere else not even on cat forums... thank you for your time. again im sorry i know this site is not for cats but im desperate..
Mary, I think the cat should be taken to the vet so they can they can determine if the cat has rabies. The cat should be put down if needed. How does the site look now? Is the site red and swollen? Can you feel and use your fingers now?? If not, you need surgery on your hand. You probably have nerve damage, among other things. I would make sure you tell the doctor the symptoms you are experiencing, the temps etc. I would be worried about rabies. I would be pissed that the doctor or hospital staff told me I was lying about the worms. I'm thinking that Cjskip is right about getting infected with larva that hatched. The cat might have had something on its teeth that got into your skin.
Be persistent with the doctor. I hope you can figure this out.
thank you for you fast responces. the wound beeteween the first and middle finger is healing nicely, the outer wound by my thumb still looks really bad and can see my bone, i have partial use of it now but its still swollen, red, has heat in both spots and throughout the whole hand, it is really stiff also, because of the 2nd doctor not wanting to listen (the first doc took good care of it but didnt check for breaks) i ended up resetting the bone myself which ive done with nearly every broken finger ive had, it made it a little better but not much. its bad enough i can barely type on a computer, this and other messages im posting from my cell phone so i can use my opposite thumb to type. i am going to try to get to my normal doctor monday or tuesday over in Ada and have it looked at. thanks again for your fast replies!
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