2005-11-14 13:48

We have a kitten, around 10 months, running around the house. He’s energetic and bouncy, and loves to playfight; my hands are normally covered with tiny little scratches. Nothing serious, mind you.

Earlier today, he missed a jump, and I was nearby and tried to help him. Only he was already scared of falling and this big thing moved towards him, and he panicked.

I now have ten distinct open wounds, all gained in under a half second. I have nice thick scratches on three fingers on my right hand, and a hole in the back of my hand. I don’t know how he did that. Two scratches on my left arm. A nice cluster of four holes in my leg, one of them fairly deep. All in under a half-second, and the leg injury is through fabric.

And to think, we keep them as pets.

Peter Seebach



  1. There's a reason why most people don't keep larger cats as pets.

    PlaidMan · 2005-11-14 16:21 · #

  2. Kitty cats are fun pets. Wife loves ours.

    Had it declawed. You should too.

    — tubby · 2005-11-14 22:02 · #

  3. I'm sorta down on declawing; they have to take away too much paw to do it, and it makes the cats a little less competent to survive. The serious harm was the back claws anyway; yeowch! But I figure a few cuts and scratches are harmless enough, and I seem to have survived my brief run of cat scratch fever.

    seebs · 2005-11-15 03:48 · #

  4. Declawing cats should be illegal - it is extremely cruel. Nearly all cats are able to be socialised relatively quickly.

    — andy · 2005-11-15 04:55 · #

  5. As another option, you could consider trimming the claws instead.

    beoba · 2005-11-16 10:40 · #