Yesterday I had to take our smallest cat back to the vet for her followup visit after being spayed. She’s been known to not like being put in a cat carrier, so on the way home I stopped by Berings, my favorite hardware store, and picked up a pair of leather work gloves. Got home, spent half an hour chasing said cat around the house, finally got hold of her (being VERY glad I had the gloves), and put her in the cat carrier.
As I took the gloves off, I noticed that my left index finger was bleeding profusely. A closer look revealed that she’d bitten through the glove and given me a pretty good puncture wound. I cleaned up and washed it off, and took her to the vet. When I walked in, they said “hey, you’re bleeding” – and I discovered that she’d gotten me pretty good on the underside of my right arm as well. I guess all the adrenaline from chasing her around the house kept me from feeling it. Ten minutes later, I’d scrubbed up with alcohol wipes and antibacterial soap, she was given a clean bill of health, and I brought her home.
Amy suggested that I go to the doctor today for antibiotics, due to the fact that cat bites and scratches can turn into nasty infected wounds. The doctor not only gave me a tetanus shot, but gave me TWO different prescriptions for antibiotics.
Total cost to get kitten spayed: $125
Total cost of the followup visit: $70 (gloves, doctor’s copay, antibiotic prescription)