Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Another Cat Enabler Myth: "My cat caught a bird, but it was okay."

The bite of a cat can be VERY infective and deadly to all birds.
The bacteria found in the saliva and the mouth of a mammal can cause fatal septicemia (infection in the bloodstream) of a bird in very short order. Cat bites should be considered the most dangerous, as the Pasteurella bacteria commonly found in the feline mouth, are extremely hazardous to birds. Even a simple puncture by a tooth can result in a fatal infection. Scratches from claws are also extremely dangerous, as the risk of infection is very real.

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