Cat Scratch Disease

Some cats carry a bacterial disease that can be transferred to humans, known as Cat Scratch Disease (CSD) or Cat Scratch Fever. Kittens are more likely to have the disease than adult cats, but they don’t show any physical signs of illness so there is no way of knowing if a cat is infected unless it is tested. If you have a cat or are around cats, take the following preventions to avoid CSD.

Cat Scratch Disease Prevention

The people most at risk of contracting CSD from a cat are adults with poor immune systems and children. However, it possible for anyone to get CSD if necessary precautions are not taken. The following safety tips can help you prevent CSD infection:

  • Avoid getting cat scratches or bites. Do not play roughly with your cat in a way that could result in flesh wounds.
  • If your cat has claws, consider having their claws removed to avoid possible transmission of the disease.
  • If you are scratched or bitten, wash the area frequently with soap and warm water, then rub in an antibiotic ointment. Keep scratches or bites covered when around your cat until they are completely healed.

Cat Scratch Disease Symptoms

If you experience any of the following symptoms after being scratched or bitten by a cat, see your doctor immediately:

  • Infected scratches or bites on skin
  • Headache and/or backache
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Abdominal pain

Why You May Need a Lawyer

If you or someone you know contracted CSD from a cat, the owner may be liable for the injury and you may be entitled to compensation. For more information on personal injury liability and compensation, contact an Indianapolis personal injury attorney from the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633.