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Posted on 10/23/2011 8:46:56 PM PDT by MacMattico
We have a fenced in yard and I let my dog out. Minutes later I heard barking like crazy and my dog was acting weird. I went out with a flashlight and he had a cat on it's back and the cat had scratched my dog below both eyes and he was bleeding, so there was definitely some fighting going on. My husband took the dog in and cleaned up his wounds and I went to check on the cat. We've never seen this cat in the neighborhood before and it's a huge cat. At first it just hissed at me but after a half an hour it calmed down and let me pet it's head. I had work gloves on because I didn't want to get bit. Soon it let me check all of it's legs, stomach, back, head, and it moved a few steps and laid back down. It doesn't seem to be in any pain and had only dog drool on it-- which is the only thing my dog ever gets on our own cat-- drool from playing with it-- never has he injured it. The cat seems to be in no pain and like I said I can feel no injuries. It's responsive to movement, has moved itself but only about 10 feet walking normally, and now just seems to lay there watching me. Could it just be in shock? Going to have kittens? I picked it up and put it in a blanket where it is now laying in a box on the front porch. I called the emergency vet and it's $150 just to see the cat, husband says I shouldn't "waste" the money because it's not in pain, has no collar, and what will happen will happen. It doesn't really look mangy but a little dirty from wrestling with my dog in the landscaping. It's acting friendlier to me then my own cat! But still just laying there....
It is your dog that you should worry about. Cat bits and scratches are highly infectious (Especially in humans, if you are bit go to the er, you will not be able to clean it on your own and you need to be on meds now, do not delay)
I hope all goes well and the cat is okay.
I think the cat is basking in the glory of whipping your dog in his own yard. We have a neighbor cat like that.
I don’t think you need to worry about the cat.
Sounds like it is sick. It may be worth the money to know if you and your dog may be exposed to rabies.
Worry about the dog. Got bit by a cat and had to have a shot in my butt because the bite went septic in a day. Cat may be internally injured our broken ribs. Either way,$
You question if the cat were going to have kittens. Does it appear to be pregnant?
Well, I have had cats and dogs (some at the same time). I can tell you that a cat won’t attack a dog. It would have to be pretty sick. I can also tell you that a dog is no match for an adult cat if it hasn’t been DE-clawed.
Thanks. I’m fine, the dog seems to have two slight scratches, one below each eye and one bled a tiny bit, which we immediately cleaned. I hope there’s no infection.
There’s nothing wrong with the cat. It won the fight, it knows it and it likes people.
I don’t think so, but it is a HUGE cat with tons of fur, I didn’t feel anything moving in it’s lower regions and haven’t found any nipples, but it’s either pregnant or ate another cat!
If you have one of those cones and some anti bacterial ointment, you could put just a tiny dab on your finger tip and put some on the scratches and then use the cone to prevent your dog from wiping it off.
As for the cat it sounds like it is ok and not in need of an emergency vet visit. I’m think it came across the dog by accident and got scared.
FRiend, I do believe that you’ve just been adopted.
P.S. It might help if you posted pix.
A coyote will even eat the meow put of a cat.
Clean your dog’s wounds thoroughly..really!
Sounds like the kitty may be lost..put a bowl of water nearby.
Cats sometimes try to hide symptoms. I’d be worried because of the lack of movement, which is not typical of cats.
Well, a big cat normally means a well fed one. He may have a family nearby. Cats will hide their hurts really well. If he refuses food and water, then he may be hurt.
Sounds like you may have just been claimed by a cat. They do that. Best thing to do is to submit. LOL
My Cat must have missed that memo. Though he doesn't cause any damage, he will often pounce on our dog just to annoy him, or sneak up on him and give him a good swat with the paw.
It might be just basking in the glory. It’s still not going anywhere but I brought it some food and water and it took a little, with a look of “It’s about time.” But I’ve never had a cat I’ve never seen before be so responsive and friendly yet just lay there. My cat is practically tearing the front door down trying to get out to the porch where the other one is!
hopefully this isn't your "cat"
hopefully this isn't your "cat"
I’m thinking the whole bit about cat bites being super infectious is a myth. Does anyone know the real story on this?
We had a huge Siamese cat that killed a German Shepheard. My folks said the cat went to live on a ranch.
Got worse, got him to the vet, got antibiotic pills, couldn't get them down him, got him to take them in his food. So he got better. I had him neutered and watch him pretty closely now because there's a couple strays I feed outside, and they have standoffs but no fighting.
I guess I wouldn't want to take a stray cat to those weekend ER's (I've done that with a couple of mine) but if it's still there tomorrow or keep it in the garage or something, take it to a cheaper vet. One of my last trips to the vet was to the cheapest one where you wait your turn. Somebody brought a little dog in that had gotten in a big dog's yard. The little one got back under the fence, and the man was holding it in a blanket. The dog got very quiet. My turn was and the vet came out and I said you'd better take that little dog.
She did, shut the door (usually didn't), got very quiet in there. Pretty soon he came out with a dead dog in a box. The vet came out crying. Internal injuries. It was awful to see. Guy leaves, pretty soon wife somes and starts yelling at the vet. Said that dog was alert before. I don't know if delay in treatment would have made a difference. I don't think there was much that could be done for the little thing.
Apart from scratches that could get infected and spread through his body your dog should be fine. Unusual for the cat to hang around though.
Sad. Just doing what critters do. I've seen a dog take out a cat with one chomp. Your dog must be small or nice not to do the same, claws or no claws.
I can see my husbands eyes rolling tomorrow when he finds out we have a new cat!
I don’t know how to post pictures!
Lucky you, Sounds like a Maine Coon Cat. Very good breed.
If the cat is pregnant, you can feel little bumps in the tummy. (If she is far enough along)
Something doesn’t sound right here.
Even a very gentle cat would not just lay around after a fight with a dog. It could be hurt internally.
Not only serious risk of bacterial infection, is the dog absolutely current on rabies shots?
Neighbor was a chiro, not a vet. They get lots of meds now though.
Not true of every cat. My parents had a big bruiser of a tom cat. Very friendly to people, but it would go nuts if it saw a dog or another tom cat it its yard - and its yard was quite a bit larger than what the county surveyor said my parent's yard was.
You would need to upload the pictures to a server like photobucket, then go from there.
If it is a huge cat, and it acts very laid back, almost dog like, it is probably a Maine Coon cat.
They are very mellow cats.
Ha! No, but when I heard the dog barking the way he was all I could think of was oh no, a skunk!
Sounds like our younger cat of the two (he’s 5.) About three years ago he just showed up on the deck and acted exactly as you describe your new friend. He’s been here ever since. He stared the dog and the older cat down for a week and now you’d think all three had grown up together.
I was thinking Maine Coon, too. Very pretty cats.
Their claws also carry a whole host of bacteria.
Yes. Current on everything, because said dog that looks like a black wolf finds a way to get into everything!
If it is from a cat fight, the fur hides the wounds and only discovered when pus is observed..the puncture wounds close quickly and infection develops quickly..I have had 2 huge vet bills over infection..wound cleanout surgery.One was shockingly horrible..many stitches.
I now have house cats..I get an occasional nip when combing tangles out of my long haired kitty..I clean the wound with much dedication and put antibiotic ointment on it.
My son puts cat food out on his front porch for the cats and he has one of those come and eat with the cats.
*If* you keep the cat, make sure to quarantine it and observe it for 10 days, just to be safe.
I just went through the post-exposure shot series because of “savage rabid coons” who attacked my dogs but were quite “calm and nonplussed” towards me.
Even though I didn’t get bit, their saliva was all over my dogs and my hands.
The doc gave me the “better safe than dead” diagnosis.
It is NOT fun.
First, get yourself a coonhound, they will take care of any stray cats roaming around, or anything else for that matter.
Second, get your dog looked at, he could have some serious injuries.
Third, if you’re that worried about the cat and it’s $150 to look at... well even an expensive shotgun shell is only $1 (the good stuff 00 Buck).
No it is not a myth. I had my own cat scratch me and the next day I had a red streak going up my arm. Blood poisoning. Went to doctor and got antibiotics. Same thing happened to my son.
“I clean the wound with much dedication and put antibiotic ointment on it.”
I clean those wounds with 50% hydrogen peroxide. I do not get infections from such scratchs, bites.
On the shot gun shell remark... Are you my brother disguised under a screen name?! ;)
Neither do I..
I use hydrogen peroxide, too if it is deep.