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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-24-2007, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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beds, headboards, windowsills and cat scratches.

I've been naive for the last 3 and a half years with my cats and it didn't happen until just yesterday, Saturday morning but I want to let you know about this so it won't happen to any of you. How may of you sleep with the head of your bed under windowsill and a headboard. Well, we had to change that because yesterday morning my cat Spotty was really rambunctious and full of energy and he jumped from the windowsill and headboard of my bed right on my face. I screamed in pain and went to the bathroom, looked in the mirror and to my horror that delicate skin right underneath my right eye was torn up and bleeding and I had a huge scratch on my forehead and another scratch on the side of my eye too. I am so lucky a claw did not get into my eyeball because it came very close. Right now I've got neosporin on it and I'm all bandaged up and the bandaid under my eye is very close to my eye and it feels weird. But it will heal. I'm lucky I get to keep both blue eyes and my vision. I might be scarred for life but I was told that after the bandage comes off I can use aloe vera and maybe it will heal without a scar.

Now during the shock of this event I did not even want to be near my cat and I had a temporary change of heart but it did not last long. I am back to being a cat lover as I always am and always have been. of course Spotty did not do this on purpose. It was 100% accident. It was 7 am Saturday morning and he was full of energy, jumping around and hungry and he just wanted to get me out of bed to feed him. Spotty is not a mean cat, he's a very sweet affectionate loverboy type of cat and we had a cuddling truce this morning. We got rid of the headboard above our bed that the cats were using as a balancing beam while my boyfriend and I were sleeping. We changed the position of the bed so that we no longer sleep under a windowsill, we have the head of our bed against the wall. This way the cats will never be able to jump over our heads again. They may run over our feet but that's it. We also trimmed both of our cats nails last night. It was so worth it to change the bed because Spotty cuddled with me all morning today and I quickly regained my trust in him.

This experience taught me 4 important lessons.

1. You must be careful with all animals, especially dogs and cats which have claws and fangs. Never assume that just because your pet is tame, sweet and lovable that he would never hurt you. He just would not do it on purpose.

2. If you live with cats and you're going to allow them in the bedroom, never position the head of your bed where you lie on your pillows underneath a windowsill or anything cats enjoy jumping up and down from. It may not happen for a few years but one day you may wake up in pain from a freak accident, you face may be clawed and don't underestimate the fact that it just might cost you your eye.

3. It really is a good idea to trim your cat's nails every 2-3 weeks both front and back feet. It was Spotty's back feet that got into my face. We recently trimmed his front nails before this accident. Plus if you have strictly indoor cats and if you live in a smaller spaced apartment, expect that your cats will run over you when they're being rambunctious. Trimming your cat's nails not only protects your furniture. It's for your safety too.

4. Finally, do not be afraid of your pets. Animal lovers cannot afford to be afraid of their pets. We adopt them with true love and with that love comes courage. Just practice safe pet keeping and you'll be fine.

You also may want to keep this in mind. My aunt is a true cat lover and when she was in her 20s she had a cat that was having kittens and a friend of hers brought her dog over. The cat charged at the dog and went for his face in order to protect her kittens. My aunt got in the middle of it and she was attacked in the eye socket and she thought she would lose her eye. Like me she was lucky. The cat did not mean to hurt my aunt. She was just protecting her kittens.

Never forget that a cat really is a "cat" in other words, "little tiger, little lion, little monster" I call anything with claws and fangs a little monster, but not a bad monster of course. Too many people habitually apply human characteristics to their pets and forget the instrinsic wildness that comes with them. but anyone who loves animals whether they're dogs, cats, pit bulls, snakes(which I know nothing about and I don't have snakes) really should understand well the natural wild instincts and behaviors that come with them. I sure learned this lesson well.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-24-2007, 06:01 PM
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i own snakes lizard birds cats dogs and alot of animals and one thing i always say with an of the none cat and dog animals is if you own it your going to get bit by it and that is true i have been bit by snakes,lizards rats you name it i have even been bit by my fault by my dogs trying to brake up a fight so i had it coming i have been bit by one of my cats before becuse of a new puppy that i had got but all in all all the bites or injuries i have gotten were my fault and i always say that people make mistakes if you look back on any injury be it a scratch it was more than likely the humans fault but not always i have seen some sycotic dogs and cats that well could have used a shrink lol but all in all things happen and i have never been afraid of any animal i have owned or even met. i love animals and i think even if one took my finger i would still love it lol.
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Spotty just forgot that you don't have a fur coat to protect you. A kitty would not have sustained any injury from being pounced on the way you describe. Sometimes that is the price we pay for having our little lions love us so much that they consider us as peers.

A couple of months ago my sis-in-law's cat Kitty got overenthusiastic while playing and in a fraction of a second I had a few bloody scratches on my hand. My startle reaction startled her, and she gazed at the blood and made a soft little meow. Her body language became submissive as she started licking my hand in a sweet apology.

Kitty didn't mean to hurt me, and the scratches healed quickly without a scar. She is such a sweet-natured and smart cat that she has changed her behavior and keeps her claws in when we play now. She is more affectionate toward me, too.

Our kitties know when they make mistakes like this, and some are aware of the difference between their instant instinctive reactions and thinking about their actions.
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You don't need a headboard to get scratched in the face. A friend at work was sleeping and woke up with her fat cat on her face. She was half asleep and trying to push him off, he woke up and lept off, and a claw on his back foot scratched her very badly across the face. She had to go to the doctor because it wasn't getting better. It probably won't leave a scar, but she felt awful telling people what happened, and got very annoyed having to keep stressing that it wasn't her cat's fault!

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Good points, moggiegirl. Cats come equipped with fangs and claws, and they will use their equipment. Normally cats learn to be very cautious around human skin. But in the excitment of jumping and leaping, playing, or when fear and panic strikes, they will forget that humans are easily injured and will revert to what their instinct tells them to do. It's worth remembering when around cats (or any other "equipped" animals.)

I gave Mellie a bath yesterday and Twinkie a bath today and I was very impressed that even under the stress of a bath, and all the wailing that was going on, both cats remembered to sheath their claws. Good kitties!!
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Many, many moons ago, my ex and I lived in an apartment complex. Sometimes, I would take a walk around the building with my then-cat, Major Thunderpussy, a huge, lovingly docile tiger boy (tutored, of course). On one of those walks, around the corner came a strange cat. Major stopped and grew 14" of hair on his back, and before he could even think about going after the cat, I quickly scooped him up and held him right by my chest.

In a flash, Major was CLAMPED to my face with all four feet! I rushed to our apartment, screaming, "Charles, Charles, hurry up ---- something's wrong with Major!!!" Ex-man took a look at me and said, "Look in the mirror, because something's wrong with YOU!" There was hardly a square millimeter of my entire face that wasn't covered with a deep, bleeding gash.

Did I seek medical care? (Is that a trick question? Of course not.....)

But we were scheduled to leave the next morning for the Poultry Convention in Atlanta (laugh amongst yourselves, it's a long story) and I went, anyway. I wonder what people thought when they saw this young "lady" with her face swelled like a hot-air balloon, with big, thick scabs and eyes that could hardly be opened a squint to see.

Charles treated me soooo gooood that week. Well it might have been because I threatened to tell people HE did that to me......

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Your experience reminded me of what happened to me long ago. It was just after we got Cooper (and at the time, we had his brother Mango too). I was on the bed watching TV. They were running around the apartment chasing each other and they decided to jump up and across the bed. One of them landed right on my face! Now, of course, they were really flying through the apartment so they were using their claws to get traction. Those things just dug into my face! I was instantly in tears. I ran to the bathroom and there was blood all over my face. It hurt so bad. After a few swear words at my cats I just sat there crying, with a tissue soaking up the blood, until my husband came home. (I was pregnant and very emotional.) It wasn't their fault, of course. They were just playing and I happened to be in their way. But boy did they teach me what it meant to own a cat!!

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Excellent post!

This has made me wonder... What's the appropriate reaction when a cat scratches you accidentally while playing?
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Your natural reaction: Owwwwww!!!!! Your cat needs to learn that claws and skin don't mix. Your cat doesn't want to hurt you, but needs to learn that you're not wearing a protective fur sweater.
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I used to ride with a young woman in a work van pool once and she had a cat. One night, in her bedroom, she saw her cat at the window screen all tensed up like a Halloween cat.....all bushy tailed, hunched back, puffed up tail & fur. There was another cat just outside the window. She went up to him from behind and just touched him. You all can guess what happened next. She didn't ride with us the next day because she had to go to the emergency room to get her face patched. When I saw her the next morning you'd have thought some mugger had beat the living snot out of her. Her one eye was almost closed with swelling and her lips were all puffed up and she had multiple bruises and scratches. That cat really did some damage. She readily admitted that the attact was all her fault.
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