Dear Lucy: Actually, I'd like to make a public service announcement rather than asking a question.
Several weeks ago, my indoor cat (who was up-to-date on all his shots) bit me on the foot. I went to the emergency room the next day in extreme pain and having difficulty walking. The ER doctor cleaned the wound and gave me antibiotics. Several days later, the infection was almost to my knee. I went back to the emergency room and was admitted to the hospital.
After four days of IV antibiotics, tests came back identifying the infection as pasturella. At that point, I was sent home with oral antibiotics and instructions to follow up with my own primary care provider the next week.
My point is that a cat bite is extremely dangerous. If I had let it go longer or had a higher pain threshold, I could have lost a leg. As it was, I missed a whole week of work because of, what seemed at the time, to be a small inconvenience.
It would be great if Lucy could make it known throughout the MIT community that anyone bitten by a cat should go to the emergency room immediately! I ended up in the hospital because I waited; fortunately, I am on the road to a full recovery. —Kool Kool Kitty