Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Melly and I are Not Friends

Note: the Dog-a-Thon thing has been moved to Wednesday, so check back tomorrow for more on that.

**warning: the picture below is not for the squeamish. Or the prude.**

I worked a 12-hour day yesterday, and when I got home, I stepped on a hairball as soon as I walked through the door. The evening could only get better, I thought. There was more work to do, so I made a quick dinner and tried to relax for a bit before getting started.

Please allow me to take a quick detour from this story to explain that Melly is one of the most easily-startled cats I've ever seen. She jumps out of her skin at invisible movements and inaudible noises on a regular basis. Scarlett usually watches, bemused, as Melly jumps three feet in the air for no discernible reason.

Anyway, while I was eating, Melly hopped up onto my lap. A short while later, something startled her and she suddenly twisted and clawed her way out of my lap, up my torso, and over my shoulder.

Did I mention I hadn't trimmed her claws in a while?

I look like I tried to exfoliate with a cheese grater. 

There was a claw sheath stuck through my shirt and embedded in the skin on my abdomen. The worst cut is the one on my upper lip, though. I'm sure I'll forgive Melly eventually, but I'm going to need someone to trim her claws first. 

Anyone else have good stories of wounds by cats? Any gnarly scars to show off? 



57 comments:

Fuzzy Tales said...

YIKES!!! OUCH!

Purrs from the boys that you heal quickly.

Derry is very skittish and startles easily, but it's been a long time since I've been accidentally clawed by him, and never like that. I do try to keep their claws fairly short, though.

If you can't do Melly's claws yourself, can you have it done by a vet tech? I cheat and when Nicki goes for his anal glands (routinely), I get them to do his front and back claws at the same time. Saves me the effort, even though both boys aren't too bad about it.

Barring that, can you do a couple of claws at a time, while she's relaxed or sleeping? I do that too, sometimes, though of course it takes longer to get all the claws done.

Rene said...

Oh my word, that looks painful! jim has several scars on his stomach from Tucker. Tucker will be on his lap and sometimes spring off, digging his back feet into Jim's stomach.

MrsB said...

Get a tetanus shot if you have not had one in a while - and get to the Dr. if they get awful and red. You would be surprised how quickly those deep scratches can get infected.

Been there, done that. Did not get a tee shirt.

Emily Genest said...

My bosses cat bit me while I was helping him corral her to take her to the vet. $1100, several trips to the doctor, 4 courses of antibiotics and 2 in-office excisions later I have a really gnarly scar on my forearm.
Hopefully your scratches feel better soon! If they start to feel warm or don't seem to be healing, PLEASE go to the doctor.

Karen said...

Ouch ouch ouch! Yes, we love our launching kitties, do we not? Really do. Really. Do.

My legs bear witness to my cat launching every time the auto-feeder started to whirrrr. Same time every day. Who needed to learn THAT lesson!?

Marlene said...

oh no! Poor you... awww... Well, the only story I have is with Q. When he was a tiny 8 week old kitten, I drove with him from Los Angeles to San Jose. He was in a cardboard carrier, but I felt bad for him... no view with those airholes. So, I ripped the airholes a little bigger thinking he'd like that.

He gnawed his way out.

Next thing I know, I've got a kitten on my shoulder, creeping up to my arm and I'm going around a slow curve. Let's just say, Q fell off of my arm and I ended up with a 4 inch long scratch on my forearm.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

MOL, Mommy says that's not bad at all, you was just lucky Melly isn't Scylla Cow now that girl can do some damage. There was the time she nearly ripped Mommy's ear off (claws), the time she nearly bit Mommy's nose off (teeth) and a zillion other times that we won't remind Mommy of cause we are kinda fond of Scylla.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Alasandra here - be sure to make sure the scratches are disinfected GOOD, if you have an antibiotic cream to apply that would be a good idea.

Simba said...

Ouch! As others have said, antibiotics may be in order.

Years ago, Simba was relaxing in an open window with screen, and it was time for the humans to leave the house so Mom picked him up and held him and closed the (sash) window with one hand. She caught his tail in the process and he bit her hard on top of her head. She ended up going to the Doctor later in the day as a precaution, and he put her on amoxicillin. But that was a bite, not scratches.

Hope you heal well.

meowmeowmans said...

Ouch!!! We're so sorry that happened. Please follow the advice of our friends above, and make sure you disinfect those scratches really good. We are sending purrs and prayers that you heal quickly.

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Ouch! We aren't the coolest kitties on the planet, but we don't get startled at everything.

The Florida Furkids said...

Mom had a kitty, Tabriz, who loved to sleep with his arms around her neck. Once he woke up and stretched and caught his claw in her eyelid!! OUCH!

The Florida Furkids

Percy the Cat said...

Ouch! My mum recommends washing out the cuts well, and putting polysporin on them. And then keeping an eye on them. We try not to scratch her like that, but Pandora is easily startled too. And she had a cat when she was a kid who scratched her cheek by accident when he leapt from her arms. But it didn't scar.

We hope those scratches heal quickly!

white nectarine said...

My terrible tuxie attacked my leg one day when I was doing yoga. Two sets of four deep punctures & matching scratches later I was less than impressed. Hope you heal soon.

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

Yike! I haven't had any serious clawing since Ayla finally got successfully spayed. She used to climb over my shoulder and dig her claws into my back in misguided passion and I would have to literally pull her off me!

Lisa said...

You poor thing! I'm sure as a cat mom you already know about the liquid bandage/liquid skin stuff. I don't think I've been left with any scars since discovering it. (But not a replacement for actual medical attention; good you did that.)

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

Melly is very sorry..

Ollie did something similar to me, but he did it intentionally. I had to pin him down to take a mat off him and he was none too amused. When I was done he turned and smacked my face with his paws, hitting my cheekbones on either side, so I had claw marks from my cheekbone to almost my chin. I am fortunate that I had trimmed his nails first and they were just marks and not deep scratches.

Lee Ann L. said...

I came on over from the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee blog and I had to read a few posts. I wanted to tell you that I immediately identified with you with this one!

I have faint scars on my left arm, left ribs and upper right chest from my elderly cat Chessie years ago when she freaked out while sleeping on my lap.

She also freaked out about five years ago when Gracie, my three legged rescue, surprised her and bit my hand in the process. I had to immediately take myself to Urgent Care because the bite was severe enough to warrant shots (you should always get tetanus booster updated if you get a severe animal bite and it does not hurt to get antibiotics). Also, I didn't know if damage was done to the tendons and/or ligaments. But, the doctor determined that Chessie barely missed a tendon and I didn't need surgery. By the way, I have scars from that episode too!

I will never ever forget either episode as the memory is forever burned in my mind! LOL. :-)

Lynn said...

Came here from IBKC and love it already! I have a cat injury, of course from my own cat! It was from my older kitty that never strayed far from the front yard. I heard some dogs barking and I see my kitty across the street being harassed by some dogs. When I approached them I picked up my kitty but he didn't know it was me and SUNK his teeth into my finger. It was my right pointer finger and I literally had to pry his teeth off of it. Once he realized who I was he sank into my body and we went home. I ended up needing a tetanus shot and my hand blew up like a balloon! That happened 5 years ago and I still have the puncture scar!

Deb Brunt said...

Been there, scars to prove it! About two weeks ago, I was brushing one of my cats and bent over her. She gave me a very nice "love bite" on my ear. It was not a love nip, it was a love bite. I thought I would have to go to the doctor the next day but the swelling and redness subsided.

Today, I was swiped on the lips by a kitten at the shelter where I volunteer.

So twice, in less than a month!

Doodle Bean said...

Several summers ago, at a time where I hadn't trimmed my cats' claws in awhile, I was sitting at my desk wearing shorts when my youngest decided to scale one of my legs to get to my lap.

Ouch!

A couple of days later my oldest decided to scale my other leg like it was a tree.

OUCH!

I had a doctor's appointment that same day and my doc was horrified at the scratches -- and I guess she had a point. I had at least a dozen long scratches like those on your back and the newest ones were still oozing... Still it's hard to explain to a non-cat loving doctor that it was unusual behavior...

You have to understand that there was a set of kitty stairs to my desk and that was the usual route to either the cat bed on the desk or my lap until those few days...

Anyway, ever since then those reprobates get their claws clipped once a week... and neither has tried to climb my legs.

OUCH!!

Ducky said...

My legs and abdomen are always scratched up by feline passersby. I'm currently sporting a cut from my lip almost up to my nose, from a cat panicking when I jumped as she walked across my face in the middle of the night. She forgave me soon after, though. ;)

Nikol said...

A little late but I have to say I've been there. I have a seven toed cat who can't have his nails trimmed by me. He's also very skittish and neurotic so I picked him up (for the first time no less) and promptly TRIPPED and fell! AMAZING luck. He dug all of those extra talons into my face. I had cuts up the side of my face, one that hooked up under my lip and left a scar. My face was swollen and it was a mess. I was called ScarFace for like a month while they healed. I still have a scar. I love him dearly, still, despite it. The dangers of having taloned animals <3 get better fast and keep them clean. They just itch so much don't they? - Allie

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