Been posting a lot of cat stuff lately, I know... Since I quit talkbass last month I didn't post of a little incident I had trimming my now almost 22 year old cat's claws. He never liked having his claws trimmed, and we usually feed him cheese or something to distract him while doing it. He was seeming a bit more relaxed than usual, so I had a go at it without. Trying to do it quickly I went a tad too far on one and hurt him. I apologized, went for the next claw and must have done it again as he snapped on me like a snake would. I wasn't angry because I know it wasn't an evil intentional snap, seemed like a reflex, but he got me good. Hit the upper part of my middle finger and went kind of deep. I knew from the pain, which was great, and the throbbing. I was a little concerned because I couldn't get it to bleed a whole lot. Washed it as best I could, poured peroxide on it, put antibacterial gel on... and didn't think any more about it. Next day my finger started to swell, and since my wife and I were going on a trip the next day we thought it best to get a script for some antibiotics, which we did. On the way back from picking up the pills my wife said, "Holy crap Joe, look at your arm!" I had a red stripe, about 1/4 to 1/2" wide going up my wrist, twisting at my forearm, seperating a bit at my bicep, and going right into my armpit. I'm not too sure I'd have noticed it on my own, and if I did I'm not too sure I'd have been terribly concerned. I'm an idiot. Thankfully my wife isn't. I was rushed to emergency care, and given IV antibiotics. A day later the red line was gone. A week later my finger looked almost normal again. Did a bunch of research since and found out how close to the end I had actually come. Felt fine the whole time, but the infection was on it's way to my lymph nodes and heart. What really surprised me however was what I learned about cat bites. 80% of cat bites get infected! 80%!!! Because their teeth are sharp and pointed they go in, and come out with a very small wound which doesn't bleed much or clean itself out. All the bacteria they carry in their mouth (which is a lot) gets sort of injected into you. I'm a pretty healthy dude, and don't ever remember getting an infection, but in less than 20 hrs. this infection was doing it's best to try and kill me. So be warned. Cats are poisonous. At least mine is. He's a real cool dude otherwise.