Caught by a Cat

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Caught by a Cat

Postby Joan » Sat Sep 02, 2006 2:07 pm

Cat bites can be VERY lethal to flyers and they need to be started on antibiotics immediately, if wounded or not.

"Cats carry Pasteurella multocida as part of the normal oropharyngeal flora within the mouth. This is one of the reasons that a deep cat bite is a worrisome injury in humans and results typically in abscesses in other cats. It has often been said that a cat only has to sneeze on a bird to potentially infect it with Pasteurella multocida that is deadly for the bird."

Even if unhurt, the saliva from cats carries the Pasturella bacteria that can cause death; so a prophylactic course of antibiotics needs to be given. (Amoxicillin or Trimeth/Sulfa is good for cat bites. Baytril does not help flyers.)

Untreated flyers don't live more than 2 or 3 days, if that long. If you do not have access to a vet, contact a local rehabber immediately for help: viewtopic.php?t=1308
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