Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Torti & Tuxie Tuesday

Momma Tortie attacked Missy Blue Eyes on our "Easy Like Sunday" morning. Since Missy doesn't have any claws, I jumped in to separate them. Mistake! Momma Tortie bit me on the right wrist, really hard. I did snatch Missy out of the way.

Sunday night the site of two large puncture wounds began to swell and turn firey red. The redness almost circled my arm. And, had a blood streak on my arm. It was very painful to move my fingers. Monday morning the entire wrist halfway up to my elbow was swollen to twice it's size. I couldn't even use my right hand.

Charley made me go to the doctor Monday. After a blood test, tetanus shot, RX for antibiotics and pain, and a stern warning about the dangers of getting bitten by a domestic cat, I was sent home to rest.

When we got home, Missy and Momma Tortie were sitting, side by side.

32 comments:

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Ouch. Once that happened to one of the techs at the vet where Momma worked.. When it happens, it's nasty.

I hope you get well soon and start feeling better.

Purrs.

Max said...

One of our grandmas actually got REAL cat scratch fever from their cat biting her. She wound up in the hospital and everything. Scary stuff!

Samantha & Tigger said...

Oh my, we hope it gets well soon! Purrrrrs to you! And of course the kitties are pals! We got out T-shirt and kitty socks. Thanks! Mom loves them!! Did the calenders get to you yet?
Your FL furiends,

Dragonheart said...

Oh my goodness! How scary! I hope you feel better soon, ML. Sending lots of healing purrs your way.

Parker said...

Mommy hasmade the same mistake at the shelter. And she would probably do it again...
I hope you are feeling better!

Daisy said...

Thank goodness you went to the doctor, that can be very serious! And it sounds very hurty, too. I hope your arm feels better soon. I do not think Momma Tortie meant to do it.

Pumpkin said...

Oh no! I hope the meddy-sins make yore arm feel better. Momma sed she wunce broke up a cat fite and got bitten too. Not by any ov US but a cat who came before. He wuz all riled up frum the fite and din't meen to hurt Momma. She had to go to the bean vet and get a shot.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Ouch! Mom gets bit by da foster mom's occashunally and she always does what the doctor told her, wash, wash, wash and den wash da wound some more. In fact, mom keeps a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in da room fur just such occashuns. She loves us, but cat bites are nasty...

NinjaCat said...

I bit mom on the hand once when she would not let me go (long story!!). She had to get IV antibiotics at the hospital for 2 days!! I never did that again!! She forgave me 'cause she knew it was a mistake. Hope you feel better soon.

Ninja

jane said...

That sounds nasty, I hope it heals ok and soon ML. Typical of cats to be friends after though!

Riley & Tiki said...

Hope you feel better soon!

Tara said...

Oh that sounds very painful! I'm sure Mama Tortie didn't mean that. I bet she feels sad you are hurting so much. Lots of purrs.

Tara

Jimmy Joe said...

Oh no, Miss ML, that is bad news. I hope Momma Tortie feels real bad about hurting you.
Your buddy, Jimmy Joe

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

Well, I was hoping it would be gone this morning, but the swelling has spread all the way around the wrist and it's all bright red. Guess the pain meds are helping a bit, because I just have to check out the Cat Blogosphere and see what is going on. hee hee.
Yes, Samantha & Tigger, we got your grrrreat calendars & journal last night. So glad we decided to trade.
You all are absolutely correct. Momma Tortie didn't mean to bite me, she was in a 13-cats-in-one-room frenzy. Like I said, we get home and she and Missy are bestest friends.
Thanks for all the purrs and prayers, ML

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

Oh, goodness, Mommy wants you to see Dr. Bob tomorrow!!! Please take it easy and rest. We know that Mama Tortie didn't mean to bite you. Seaborne has bitten Mommy before...accidentally of course!

Get well soon!

Tybalt said...

Oh my . . . isn't that just the way?

I scratched my mommy (an accident) last week, and before she knew it the scratch was turning yellowy and was all swollen. Luckily she had antibiotic and didn't have to go to the doctor. I hope your bitey gets better soon!

PB & J said...

Oh we hope you're feeling better soon! Our Mommy's Aunt had that happen before too, it;s very painful. We hope that Missy and Momma Tortie helped you feel better.

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

Yikes! We sure hope it gets better furry fast. Our people have a fear of Grr teeth too, when they've gotta pull her off Riley, but so far no puncture wounds. Usually they start spraying Grr with water as they approach. Love & purrs from all of us.

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

Ah.. I've made note of the "Grr water spray" approach to be used from now on. And Deb got me an appointment to see Dr. Bob first thing in the morning.
I'm glad, as my wrist is reddening and swelling more. Margaret just left, and she said it looked much worse than yesterday.
Thanks, Deb.

Captain Jack and Dante said...

Ouch! Cat bites can get scary infected. I've seen many on our vet and vet tech friends. Hope you heal and feel better soon!!!

Camie's Kitties said...

Yep, we cats give a nasty bite. If it happens again, you should go to the human vet immediately. Apparently we have a lot of really nasty germs in our mouth that are really bad for beans.

Tiki, Tavi and Cody

PS - feel better soon

Mickey said...

Wow that sounds hurty :(
Mom would just bellow and use the squirty bottle! Fortunately she does not have to use it much.Tillie and Georgia just hiss but don't fight much :)
Big Purrs to you .
Purrs Mickey

Artsy Catsy said...

Oh, be very sure to keep an eye on it and take your medicine! The same thing happened to my human's daughter when she was in high school. A friend's cat gave her a small bitey on her arm and even though she washed and medicated it, in just a few hours she had red streaks and a 104 fever. She ended up in the hospital for 10 days, two surgeries, almost lost her hand and still has a terrible scar! Our biteys are serious business!

Rocky

Fat Eric said...

That sounds very nasty, please look after yourself! Hope the medicine works and it starts getting better, if not, go to casualty or whatever you call it in Mericky (ER?)

Sultanfus and Guy said...

Bitey the Bean = Bad. Ouch!

Scooby, Shaggy & Scout said...

Yup! Cat bites can be bad things! Mom had just a teeny one from the neighbors cat once and it hurt like heck! Hope you get to feeling better ML!

Derby said...

OWEEEE. Hope your mum gets better soon. And don't wait to go to the doctor after getting bit.

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

Again, I am very glad I'm going to a different doctor tomorrow. It hasn't improved since I went to our old family doctor on Monday and all your stories have made me aware of what a danger this is.
Momma Tortie is acting "sheepish", hanging her head when I come in the room. They were just being cats. I've got the spray bottle of water, per Grr's family.
Don't forget tomorrow we've got Dolce's Story Chair and The Mo Show on Dicken's Christmas Carol. More info on the Cat Blogosphere. KC calculated all the North American time zones.

Lisa said...

OUCH! I know how much that hurts. I get bit by one of the shelter cats. I should have known better to put my hand where I did at that time. It wasn't the cat's fault. I washed and scrubbed and scrubbed some more, but it still got infected. It happened on Friday night so Saturday afternoon I drove myself to the ER. Got some good drugs and was good as new within a few days. I hope your ouchie feels better now. Those things are not to be messed with. I've heard horror stories about cat bites.

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

Yeah, I know I don't blame the cat. They were all worked into a playful frenzy. Sure won't do that again.
I immediately washed it out, then poured peroxide on it, then alcohol and finally antiseptic.
This looks bad, but not as bad as when Charley was bitten by a brown recluse spider. In his case, the skin was red at first (like mine), but then turned black and peeled off, leaving an ulcerated depression.

Radcliff, Allie, Luna & Ozzie said...

We hopes your bitey is feeling better now. If not, we hope the doctor gived you really good pain killer drugs. That way, at least you'd get something out of the fight. :-)

Be careful with kittie bite wounds. They get infected real easily. Kittie teeth are basically hypodermic needles, and cat saliva is loaded with nasty little bugs.

Jan said...

Ouch! We're sorry you were bitten. We hear our bites (the cats speaking here) can be quite painful and get infected easily. Hope it heals quickly.

Jan's Funny Farm