Take a fresh look at your lifestyle.

Tragedy as a woman is killed by her cat named Minty – while doctors give a serious warning to pet owners

Tragedy as a woman is killed by her cat named Minty – while doctors give a serious warning to pet owners

  • Grandmother died after her cat licked wounds and gave her bacterial meningitis
  • The cat, called Minty, slept with her in the bed of the 80-year-old woman
  • She fell into a coma for nine days, but woke up and spent a day with her family
  • The day after her livelihood was cut, the loving grandmother died

A grandmother died after her cat licked her arm, which left her in a coma.

The 80-year-old Melbourne woman was scratched by her pet, named Minty, and suffered from bacterial meningitis when the animal licked the wounds in May.

The woman was found unresponsive in bed by her family while the cat was sleeping nearby.

She fell into a coma at Box Hill Hospital in the east of the city, but woke up after nine days and spent a day with loved ones before dying.

Devastated family is now gathering to prevent other pet owners from sharing the same tragic fate, it Herald Sun. reported.

The 80-year-old Melbourne woman was scratched by her cat, named Minty, and suffered from bacterial meningitis when the animal licked the wounds in May and spent nine days in a coma at Box Hill Hospital (photo)

The 80-year-old Melbourne woman was scratched by her cat, named Minty, and suffered from bacterial meningitis when the animal licked the wounds in May and spent nine days in a coma at Box Hill Hospital (photo)

The doctor discovered that the cat had given the woman bacterial meningitis, also known as pasteurella multocida, which cannot be treated with regular antibiotics.

Austin Health’s director of infectious diseases, Lindsay Grayson, said that at least one person dies every week due to the unknown dangers of the cat’s saliva.

Cat saliva can cause terrible complications, including heart failure or blindness, which can be devastating for people with a weakened immune system.

Prof Grayson said that cats carry deadly bacteria such as pasteurella and bartonella, which cause the ‘cat scratch disease’.

He said people should be wary of cats licking open wounds.

“It is a major problem and is increasingly emerging as an unrecognized cause of heart valve infection, which is of course deadly if left untreated,” said Prof Grayson.

Austin Health's director of infectious diseases, Lindsay Grayson, said at least one person dies each week due to the unknown dangers of cat saliva (stock image)

Austin Health's director of infectious diseases, Lindsay Grayson, said at least one person dies each week due to the unknown dangers of cat saliva (stock image)

Austin Health’s director of infectious diseases, Lindsay Grayson, said at least one person dies each week due to the unknown dangers of cat saliva (stock image)

Prof Grayson said anyone who has an open wound licked by a cat should speak to their doctor immediately.

The woman’s daughter said that her mother often slept in bed with the cat.

“Obviously it licked through the wound all night and the saliva got into her bloodstream causing the damage,” the daughter said.

“I was in shock for a few weeks. I tried not to hate the cat … but then I was there to be nice and it took me out for no reason. ‘

The grandmother had other medical problems from scratching the cat because of her age and blood-thinning medications.

Advertisement

.