Cats and dogs aren’t the only attacking culprits. In fact, one part of the form provided a list of species that could potentially bite a human. They were in alphabetical order, so the first one on the list was bats, and No. 2 was cattle (which I think would be embarrassing to admit to.) OK, maybe a mad cow, but how do you let an entire herd bite you? Squirrel is the very last one listed. And there is no mention made of pigs, more proof of just how powerful the bacon lobby is. That’s also probably why the expression: “When pigs bite,” never got any traction.
When we finally saw the doctor, he confirmed the potential severity of a cat wound and suggested that an X-ray be taken to be sure the ankle bone had not been penetrated. Cathy, who was by now the leading cat bite expert in central Indiana, wanted to know why that procedure was necessary. “Because the cat is now missing two front teeth,” I told her.
By the way, I forgot to mention that two years ago Mary Ellen was at this very clinic after she tried to take a chicken bone away from our beagle. The gash from Toby’s bite required three stitches in her hand. My wife has a way with animals. Which is why we are not getting a cow.
Dick Wolfsie is an on-air personality at WISH-TV Channel 8 and weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at Wolfsie@aol.com.