So yeah. As the title states, TIFU by snuggling with my cat. This happened yesterday morning.
My boyfriend had just left for work, so after seeing him off I got back into bed for a few more hours of sleep. As per usual, my cat, Pink, jumps up onto the bed and lays down beside me. She typically lays up against my stomach/chest. I was laying on my side, browsing Reddit on my cell. Funnily enough, I had just read the TIFU about the guy who was having the staring contest with his dog.
All was well, browsing away, Pink snuggles in a bit closer, obviously wanting pets. So I held onto my phone with one hand, and began administering pets with the other. She gets a little bit closer. All good. I love me some kitty cuddles. She starts licking my face, demanding more attention. This is normal. She’s a big licker. When she wants my SO’s attention, she’ll lick his beard non-stop until she gets it.
Then before I knew it, she’d bitten me. It stunned me more than anything. I sat up quickly, and reached my hand up to my mouth to feel the damage. But when I took my hand away, it was filled with blood. I cupped my mouth, grabbed my phone with my other hand, pushed my cat off the bed and took off to the bathroom like a bat out of hell, blood dripping through my hand over my shirt and the floor.
Got to the bathroom, and let my hand go over the sink. I was shocked at how much blood there was. It was pouring out of my mouth, dripping down my chin. I couldn’t see the damage initially because of the blood. There wasn’t an enormous amount of pain, just a throbbing/pulsating sensation and a numbness. I rinsed off my hands and took a few pictures to send to my SO. Then I rinsed my face as best I could, and made a hot compress out of a facecloth. After examining the bite, I knew I’d probably have to go to the hospital to get sutures. I’ve never had sutures before so that’s when I started crying like someone took away my PS4. I really did not want to have to go. So I took some pictures of the bite (they were pretty shitty/blurry, unfortunately), and sent those to my SO too.
The right side of the bite was okay. Not too deep. But the left side was quite split open. Ugh. He immediately left work (he’s the best) and picked me up, and off we went. We live in a small city (under 20k) in Atlantic Canada. We’ve only got one hospital within a 700km radius, which serves a lot of small communities, so emerge is usually jam packed. Thankfully this was still fairly early in the morning (about 9am at this point), so all in all we were only there for about two hours.
From intake onwards, everyone I dealt with had a little chuckle over me getting bit on the lip by my cat. The doctor on call decided to try giving glue a go before sutures, and thankfully it worked out. I was pretty relieved. Although I feel like something from a horror movie (think House of Wax). My lips are stuck together at the corners so I’m not able to open that wide. And it looks pretty gross, I must say.
I had to get a tetanus shot, and a course of antibiotics. Did you know cats have venom? I had no idea.
After we left the hospital my SO took me to McDonalds to get a coffee frap, which is one of my summer favorites (we don’t have Starbucks or Booster Juice or a Tea Shop, which have my actual summer favorites), and dropped me off at home. I felt drained, so I laid down on top of my sheets, just staring at the ceiling for a few minutes. When WHO COMES SAUNTERING IN. Pink. She jumped up and cuddled up next to me. Ohhhhh no miss muffet. I put her down. She stared up at me, probably not understanding, then waddled off. Hmph.
Slept for about five hours after that. I think the tetanus shot made me extra-tired, as I read online that may be one of the side effects.
Just hoping it heals up well and doesn’t scar too bad, as I already have self-esteem issues and rarely leave the house on my own. Now I feel especially gross.
Included some pictures of the wound, plus bonus cat villain pic. She won’t be getting up close to my face anytime soon, tiny devil.
Photos might be NSFW (contain blood): https://imgur.com/a/RrrqI
TLDR: Snuggled up with my cat, she wanted attention, bit my lip. Surprising amount of blood, had to go to the hospital, had bite glued together + got a tetanus shot & antibiotics. Cat gives no fucks, snuggled back up with me at next opportunity.