First of all: I suffer terribly from HA (Health Anxiety), although not usually about cat scratches, so it's possible I'm overreacting? (Hope so!)
I've gotten a couple scratches (and an accidental bite) from Voldie, to the point, he managed to slash across my wrist (again, it wasn't on purpose, he wasn't being aggressive) and the scars are still visible.
Now, a couple of days ago (Saturday), some friends visited and as the cats get visibly nervous close to newcomers, I picked Luna up to put her in the cat room... well, she managed to jump off me, but not before one of her claws grappled my arm, creating a tiny but deep scratch.
I washed/disinfected it and had all but forgotten about it when today I noticed that there's a small bump on the spot where the scratch is, it's very mildly red on the surface, but I can see some red-ness under the skin. So I searched about it and NOW I'M TERRIFIED I'm going to die. (I know, I'm sorry for posting this, I-- yeah, just feeling really on edge right now).
I haven't been doing well/don't actually have a health insurance at the moment. Pets don't need one so I don't skimp on taking them to the vet, but I am not able to afford the monthly price of an insurance here (I would if it were a bit cheaper) and just heading to the hospital would cost me an insane amount of money. (Once I felt sick, went there, got told it was nothing and I should rest, and had to pay over a hundred for it!)
Does anyone here have any experience with this?