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Old 07-07-2010, 05:21 PM
 
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I know this forum is one of the more enlightened when it comes to feeding our cats, and canned food is often recommended.

I just want to remind people to be very careful when opening canned food. On June 13th I was opening a can of cat food with a pop-top lid and the top came off very quickly and I sliced my right hand pretty badly. I went to the ER and got 5 stitches and I thought that was that...except it got badly infected 5 days later and I ended up spending 2 nights in the hospital getting IV antibiotics.

It has healed up pretty well but I still can't feel anything due to nerve damage on part of my index finger.

So be careful! Don't learn the hard way like I did. I am still feeding my kitties canned food, but I always the cans slowly and carefully now.
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Old 07-07-2010, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Hope you are doing better! Thanks for the warning...I will certainly pay more attention when opening cans!
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Old 07-08-2010, 05:57 PM
 
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holy crap! I thought you were going to make a funny comment about how it squirts all over the place. When I was feeding the ferals, they gave me those pouches to feed them. It squirted all over me... so gross. I was covered in salmon, tuna, red snapper slime!!
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Wichita, KS
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Oh ow. I hope you get better soon.
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:14 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Ouch!!
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
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Yikes! I hope you fully heal! Don't do that again, you hear?!
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:56 PM
 
Location: California
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Ouch! I sliced my finger on a cat food can lid when I was pushing down the garbage once. I had to go to the ER and they glued it shut. Thankfully, no infections!
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Old 07-10-2010, 07:20 AM
 
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That's rough, I'm so sorry to hear it. But totally understandable, I cut my index finger very badly on a flip-top cat food can lid. I did it after I'd already thrown it into the garbage, I did the same as the previous poster, and was pushing the garbage down. I reached in and sliced my forefinger right along the edge. I had to go to a walk-in clinic, and they "glued" mine shut, too. That was last year. To this day I still cannot bend my finger without pain, and it's very stiff---I eventually went back to my regular Dr., and she said I had nerve damage. My finger might never heal properly. To the OP, I hope you have a better outcome.

My teenage dd used to have the daily chore of feeding the cats---I had never known how sharp those lids were! She said she was always scared of those lids, and I'm grateful she never cut herself. Had I known how dangerous it was I never would have given her that chore.
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Old 07-11-2010, 09:49 AM
 
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I can totally relate. Three stitches here.
A nerve was severed, I still have numbness on the tip of the middle finger of my right hand from slicing it on a cat food can--and it wasn't even my kitty, it was a friend's cat. (Never told my friend, she was so sensitive she would have died of the mortification.)
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Old 07-11-2010, 10:26 AM
 
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I've had similar experiences, but thank goodness, not to the extent you did! I know how sharp can lids are and every time I open one, I am careful, thinking of the time I was cut.

I hope you heal! Thank you for posting this so others can be warned!
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