My Dad got bit by the family cat. Next day, could barely get out of bed. Was in the hospital for over a month, on every antibiotic known to man.
Was bit on the wrist, about at the ball. Lost a good chuck of meat and a good deal of function in that hand.
Dam near killed him.
Apparently, it's more common than you think. Especially with cats because their teeth are rather needle like and the infection can get deep below the skin.
Here's a pic from after it "healed".
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