Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Abdomen Cat Bite Overview

Are cat bites to the abdomen serious?
Cats have long, sharp teeth that easily puncture the skin, as well as structures beneath the skin. In the case of a cat bite to the abdomen, it is important for the doctor to determine if the bite penetrated into the abdominal cavity. Cat bites are common and frequently cause skin infections.

What are the symptoms of a cat bite to the abdomen?
Symptoms of a cat bite include skin puncture wound, pain around the bite, and bleeding from the bite. Deeper cat bites that penetrate the abdominal cavity can cause dizziness, weakness, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.

How does the doctor treat a cat bite to the abdomen?
Treatment for cat bites depends on the depth of penetration. General treatment includes wound irrigation and cleansing, tetanus vaccination, and antibiotics.

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