Every third person bitten or scratched cat needs to provide professional assistance. This is evidenced by medical statistics compiled from the American Center Mayo Clinic, located in northern Minnesota.
His research surgeons from the medical center was conducted for three years. Direct scientific experiment started on 1 January 2009, and ended December 31, 2011. During this time, doctors examined 193 people who were attacked by their pets.
As it turned out after the data, 57 patients – about 30% of the total surveyed – took a visit to the doctor, as yourself wounds healed badly. While 38 owners too playful pet – 67% of hospitalized – needed surgical treatment of wounds.
Moreover, eight people from the focus groups that were in the office of the surgeon after the attack, the domestic cat, were identified complications caused by snow-infection under the skin. As a result, they had to do the surgery, sometimes more than one.
Most injuries as noted surgeons were recorded at the hands of owners of four-legged pets. Cat bites or scratches on these parts of the human body can not heal for a long time due to trapped in a wound infection. In such cases, as the final part of the study, often require hospitalization, antibiotics and even surgery.
One of the study authors explained that after the application of a cat wound infection can be quite strong. This is due to the fact that the feline nail, as the needle penetrates the skin deeply and may carry infection. In this respect it is particularly vulnerable joints of the hands as they are fragile immune system due to low blood flow in them, said doctor. In a telephone conversation with the portal Yahoo News , he gave advice: If within 24 hours the wound does not heal, call the doctor.
This is what Marie Joyce, who described the newspaper The Washington Post his adventures by doctors after being bitten by a small cat named Sammy.Woman eventually had to spend four days in the hospital, as she found the infection. However, Joyce consequences bite cats were much less severe than for Paul Gaylord from Oregon. In early February, the newspaper The Daily News wrote that after the attack cat in 2012 a man contracted bubonic plague, was in a coma for 27 days and has lost all the fingers and toes.