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A 46-year-old female asked:

My cat bit my 12 year old daughter, i wash with soap and water and applied alcohol right away, is that enough? my cat never go out is a house cat but not vaccinated. is it ok?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Should be OK. House cats are generally not considered rabid. If you are still concerned, watch the cat next 10 days for aggressive behavior.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Maybe. House cats with no outside exposure are not considered a rabies risk. However, their bites often trigger an infection at the site from germs in their saliva. Monitor the site closely and have her seen if you see increasing redness and or swelling at the site.
Last updated Jul 12, 2021


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