4 doctors weighed in:

What is danger of cat bites?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Infection

One of the most common bugs is pasteurella multocida.
If the infection were to develop within hours of the bite, it is likely this bug, part of the feline normal mouth bacterial flora.

In brief: Infection

One of the most common bugs is pasteurella multocida.
If the infection were to develop within hours of the bite, it is likely this bug, part of the feline normal mouth bacterial flora.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Thank
Dr. Kristi Kohl
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Infection

Cat bites have an extremely high risk of causing infection (about 95%).
The bacteria in cat's teeth, combined with the sharp small teeth, tend to cause inoculation of the bacteria which humans tend to not be able to fight off. Antibiotics are normally warranted.

In brief: Infection

Cat bites have an extremely high risk of causing infection (about 95%).
The bacteria in cat's teeth, combined with the sharp small teeth, tend to cause inoculation of the bacteria which humans tend to not be able to fight off. Antibiotics are normally warranted.
Dr. Kristi Kohl
Dr. Kristi Kohl
Thank

In brief: INFECTION

Cat bites can cause a puncture-type wound; maybe deeper than a dog.
There can also be unusual infecting bacteria, like Pasteurella and Bartonella, in addition to Staph and Strep.

In brief: INFECTION

Cat bites can cause a puncture-type wound; maybe deeper than a dog.
There can also be unusual infecting bacteria, like Pasteurella and Bartonella, in addition to Staph and Strep.
Dr. Darrell Latva
Dr. Darrell Latva
Thank
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: The most frequent

Infection from cat bites is pasteurella multocida.
Other infections that people can get from cats by a variety of transmission routes include: cat scratch disease, campylobacter, ringworm, roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, rabies, fleas (very temporarily), toxoplasmosis, giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis, salmonellosis ; pasteurella multocida.

In brief: The most frequent

Infection from cat bites is pasteurella multocida.
Other infections that people can get from cats by a variety of transmission routes include: cat scratch disease, campylobacter, ringworm, roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, rabies, fleas (very temporarily), toxoplasmosis, giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis, salmonellosis ; pasteurella multocida.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
23 years in practice
171K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors