When Animals Attack!
Yesterday I was playing with the cats over in the apartment. Now, anyone with cats has been scratched a time or two, right? Especially when you are playing with them and teasing them with a toy. I was wiggling Catfish's snake toy across the bed then holding it up in the air. I figured my hand was safe, as the snake was long, but I was wrong. Catfish swiped quick, fast and hard, and his nail not only scratched me, but put a puncture in my finger. OW. And I don't clip my cats' nails, as they have an outdoor tree to scratch on and give themselves manicures (and never scratch on anything inside they're not supposed to).
I immediately washed it and put Neosporin on it, after "bleeding" it a bit. You have to be really careful with cat bites or any kind of puncture wound, because germs get embedded deeply into your skin. A relative of my Mom got blood poisoning from a cat bite. She had red streaks going up her arm and it was a good thing she got to the doctor right away to take care of the infection. You could die from infections, because today, so many strains are resistant to antibiotics.
One time when my Mom was visiting (she stays in the cat house) she was lying on the bed when Tarzan, for no reason, bit her big toe! Tarzan is a biter when you fool around with him, and he's like a dog in that if you try to use a pencil he wants to chew on it. My Mom, the worry wart on a worry wart, never relazed with a bare toe available after that!
So, what kind of wounds or scars do you have from your pets? We know Brett got a nip on the nose from Hines the squirt when they first met and Hines was unsure of what the heck was going on. I've never been nipped or bitten by one of my own pets, but have got plenty of scratches from playing with the cats. I've also had pretty bad scratches on my legs when wearing shorts from Zoe jumping up in exuberant greetings.And Glen has got hit a few times you-know-where when Zoe greets him. Then there are the times we trip over pets and either bump into something and get a bruise, or worse, fall to the ground.
Then of course, you have the spats and fights between pets. I've had several altercations among the dogs and cats over the years. With the dogs, it was always one huge fight between two, then that settled pack order. Let's see, Penny had to have a stitch in her back from Zoe, Peanut got a hole in his ear from the infamous Christmas 2004 fight over a piece of ham with Scooter. Zoe bit through her own lip during a two second spat with Scooter. Tramp needed a stitch in her back from Zoe.
The cats have had their hissy fits, but so far, no damage done, just a noticeable scratch on one of their noses now and then, or tufts of hair on the floor.
Fact is, when you have multiple pets they are going to have disagreements, just like if you have multiple kids, they're going to go at it sooner or later. The trick is knowing how to break it up, and the best way to do that is WATER.
Dog picture above is Scooter playing with my friend Laura's dog Freeway during a weekend visit here. The head in the forefront is Zoe watching the show. Laura is the one who orignally adopted Scooter. It looks viscious, doesn't it? Teeth at the throat and all that, but these two LOVE each other and play and wrestle nonstop when together. Sadly, Laura and Freeway now live in North Carolina, so who knows if they'll ever get to play again.
Cat picture is Tarzan in his tree, ready to pounce to the ground. He probably sees a lizard or mole movement. The cats will sit in the yard, still as a statue looking at a spot in the ground: the mole hole. They show such patience in waiting for their opportunity to attack!
posted by Sandy at 9/30/2007 02:29:00 PM