Shannon Stacey

Another feline-related injury

Pretty, isn’t she? Serene, even.

It’s a lie. She’s a vicious, feral jungle cat who will—suddenly and without remorse—shred the finger off the person who feeds her. Yeah, that would be me. So what happened?

I was letting her bite me, and then she really bit me. I know, huh?

Since Jinx was a wee baby kitty, she’s liked to chew on the ends of my fingers, especially my nails. So it was no big deal, until she turned her head, lined those vicious back teeth up with the first knuckle of my right middle finger and tried to get the marrow out of the bone with one bite. Punctured the skin on both sides, but tore the skin on the top of my hand. And I’m not sure if she bruised the joint somehow, but I can’t bend it. I woke up this morning to excruciating pain and…redness.

(This is where I have to pause to assure Jaci and Angie I’ll go see a doctor. At some point. Maybe.)

So now I’m going to go brave a load of dishes because open wounds love nothing more than hot, Dawn-sudsy water. And then will come the liberal alcohol dousing. Once I’ve stopped screaming and picked myself up off the floor, I’ll see if I can hold a pen any better than I can type.

And I’m not letting that little ginger witch chew my nails anymore, dammit.

6 comments to “Another feline-related injury”

  1. Jaci Burton
      · May 8th, 2008 at 9:46 am · Link


    what kind of an idiot lets a cat gnaw on their fingers like a chew toy?

    oh…that would be you.

    Go to the doctor.


    Love you Shan

  2. Angie
      · May 8th, 2008 at 9:46 am · Link

    Your assurances mean nothing to me. Go! Before you not only have to go to the doctor but have to spend a few days in the hospital. On IVs. Yes, from a cat bite. It is not uncommon. So just friggin put your dishes on hold and go to the damn doctor, for the love of dick, before I lose my mind over how easily you procrastinate your health over the dumbest things (like, oh, dishes)

  3. Mel
      · May 8th, 2008 at 9:49 am · Link

    Yes, shan, infections from cat bites can get ugly. We had a client hospitalized for 14 days on IV’s, then spent another 2 weeks having to give self shots because of the infection.
    Better safe than sorry. Please. Go.

    And tell them to give you valium because of the anxiety caused by your friends who mean well and worry about you but who’ve now panicked you into thinking YOURE GONNA DIEEEEEEEEE from this….

  4. Mandy M. Roth
      · May 8th, 2008 at 9:58 am · Link


    you LET the cat bite you? Uh. Umm. :eyebrow:

  5. Annmarie
      · May 8th, 2008 at 4:58 pm · Link

    What a wicked little cat!

    Did you dip your fingers in tuna by chance?

  6. Shannon
      · May 9th, 2008 at 10:48 am · Link

    I don’t think I had anything on my hands. We had chicken that night, but I know I hadn’t started trimming it yet because I had to dig out some latex gloves I had kicking around because I didn’t want raw chicken germies in my cat bite.

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