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My name is***** and I am sorry to hear that your neighborhood kitty bit your grandmother. I would strongly recommend taking her to an urgent care facility immediately to have them evaluate the wound and consider putting her on antibiotics. Cat bite wounds can become infected very quickly and a person can become septic (blood infection) within 12 hours of the bite. It is great that Bean is current on her shots, so there is no risk of Rabies.
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I'm sorry, but I'm not set up for phone calls. I can continue to chat with you in this forum until all of your questions are answered, though. Dr. A
Okay. Biting, especially in play, can be tough to train out of cats.
First, were you able to get your grandmother to an urgent care to see a physician?
The best way to train out the biting is to monitor the kitty's behavior and ignore her or remove her from the room or area if she is becoming over-stimulated.
Most cats will only play bite if over-stimulated and this is usually precluded by dilated pupils, faster movements, rolling on the ground and faster breathing. Play needs to be stopped at this point so she doesn't get so stimulated she bites.
Reward for calm behavior is also important, like verbal praise and gentle petting, avoiding the back half of the body.
This may be an on-going problem for her, though, so be prepared to remove her from the area if she gets excited.
Also, just antiseptic is NOT ENOUGH for your grandmother. If the cat bite broke the skin, she needs to start antibiotics to prevent infection. Your nurse friend should know that. Please take her to see a doctor immediately.
No, play biting comes from overstimulation and also from not learning "bite inhibition" from playing with humans as a kitten. She may still be very tame and a great companion, but between not learning to be gentle and being more prone to overstimulation, you will have to be more careful with her.
Good morning! How is Bean today? How is your grandmother?
Do you have any more questions for me?