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If you are bitten by a cat on your finger or anywhere else, you should see a healthcare provider for an evaluation. Cat bites are like puncture wounds and are prone to infection. The curved shape of a cat’s teeth makes it especially difficult to clean the wound well. You will need antibiotics and a tetanus booster shot if you are not up to date on the vaccine. If the cat is unknown to you and you are not sure of its rabies vaccination status, you may likely need treatment for possible rabies exposure.

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