There are plenty of people in North Carolina who own cats. Whether they are indoors or outdoors, people are also tempted to stop and pet these animals whenever possible. Unfortunately, given a cat’s fickle nature, it’s easy for well-intentioned people like you to be bitten. Sometimes people are bitten for no reason, too. But do cat bites pose a danger to your health?

Mayo Clinic examines the dangers that cat bites can actually possess. It might come as a surprise to learn that 1 in every 3 people bitten by a cat ends up being hospitalized. It isn’t the power of a cat’s jaw or the size of its teeth that cause it to be so deadly, though. It’s the fact that there are many different kinds of harmful bacteria in a cat’s mouth.

Their teeth are incredibly sharp and needle-like. This means that any time a cat seriously bites a human, their teeth can act as a needle that delivers the bacteria in their mouth deep below the surface of your skin. Once there, it has the perfect conditions that it needs to grow and rapidly infect your body. Infections from a cat bite can start showing signs within minutes, and the most severe of infections can have a person sick and incapacitated within hours.

Because of the severity of the infections you may deal with along with how quickly it may progress and spread, you will likely need to see a doctor or go to the hospital for a cat bite injury. Due to the costs associated with that, you may also want to consider seeking financial compensation.