Cat lovers might want to take extra caution the next time they tempt the wrath of their favorite pet feline.
A new study produced by the Mayo Clinic has found that cat bites are potentially more serious than most individuals, and medical experts, previously thought.
In fact, about 30 percent of people seeking medical treatment for a cat bite need hospitalization to treat the wound.
“Among hand surgeons, this is not really as surprising,” Dr. Brian Carlsen, who led the study, told Yahoo News in a phone interview. “But there really isn’t good literature out there.”
The three-year study confirms what hand surgeons like Carlsen have long suspected — that most people who suffer from serious cat bites simply assume the wounds will heal on their own.
“Cat bite injuries to the hand can progress to serious infection,” reads an excerpt from the study. “The treatment of such infections often requires hospitalization, intravenous antibiotic therapy, and operative treatment … these findingsRead More »from Why a cat bite could land you in the hospital: Surprising results from new study