Cat bites are surprisingly dangerous

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Cat Bites are Surprisingly Dangerous


Kitties are fluffy, regal and sometimes even grumpy but cat bites are anything but cute. A small nip from the family cat is a lot more dangerous than you might think.
Research done by the Mayo Clinic in 2014 found that 1 in 3 people bitten by cats end up hospitalized, and of that group 2/3 needed surgery.

The reason a tiny cat bite could land you in the ER comes down to fangs. Cat fangs are exceptionally sharp and can penetrate deep into tissue and tendons, depositing harmful bacteria.

According to research middle aged women are the most frequent victims of cat bites and the majority of bites are to the hand.

So how do you avoid cat bites? Well don't just avoid cats -- because cats can be awesome -- the key is learning how to safely approach felines and becoming aware of how cats communicate so you can back off before a bite happens.

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