Cat Scratch but no Fever
March 6, 2012 3 Comments
Saturday morning began with the news of massive blood spurting from my grandson’s face and head. The 9-month-old kitten was spooked at a 12-year-old-dog walking through her home to be put into the garage. And my 9-year-old grandson wanted to calm the cat. He now has a four inch scar across his cheek, another on his left eyelid, one on his forehead and puncture wounds around his scalp. Fortunately, this in not the type of issue where the Urgent Care staff requests you take a number, or take a seat in the waiting room. Blood spurting from multiple points on a child’s head is considered an emergency and requires immediate attention from the medical staff.
Animals will always be true to their nature, it’s adding the human expectation, and a child’s intent, that is a potential for disaster. I wonder about the emotional experience of a young boy who savored the feeling of a cat snuggled in his lap and against his cheek becoming, in a moment, a feral and destructive force that can leave scars for a lifetime.
The follow-up doctor visit was today and all wounds are healing, no infections. Yeah! My grandson will have a scar or two and a story to tell about it. But the cat will be in a new home. It’s a good cat but needs a home where mothers aren’t concerned about the potential of their sons blood splurting from facial and head wounds all over the kitchen. This is a one time experience.
I believe once the cat has a new home the next pet of choice is a turtle.