Sorry for the late response...my afternoon and evening were non-stop until bedtime!
So here is my bat story:
My cat catches bats...as in, out of thin air! ;/ Before I knew this fact...my daughters were playing outside one warm Summer evening. I was just about
to call them in as it was getting dark...when they come flying in yelling that our cat Molly had just caught a HUGE bug
I went outside to find it was in fact, a bat.....
Let's pause: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
Okay, on with the story.
I go over to where the cat has the bat pinned to the ground. I 'calmly' shoo her away, and trap it under a bucket.
I call animal control and they come over. Meanwhile I have sequestered our cat in the bathroom.
The man with animal control informs me that there is over a 90% chance that the bat is rabid...and that our cat will be taken and quarantined by the county.
Another pause: At this points BOTH my kids are bawling
Okay...this is not good...but I 'calmly' sign the paperwork to release our cat, and off she and the bat and Animal Control go...
Well, the next day, I notice some little bumps on my youngest daughter's leg. When I looked closer, they appeared to be two bug bites, close together...wait a minute...two bug bites close together...or FANG
Again I say: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
I call the county, I call our doctor, I call our therapist...I call a priest...no, not really the last one....but I was completely drama at this point, thinking she had been bit.
I was seriously agonizing...thinking about
rabies shots...do I wait and get the test on 'our' bat back from the county first? Or do I take her in and get started on the shots now?
The person at the county assured me...and this is where my story starts to apply to YOU
...that a bat can NOT do a 'fly by' biting! It has to land....and it usually crawls around a lot, and has to be provoked to even bite in the first place.
Hence, you would KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that a bat had landed on you...crawled around, and thought about
it a while before biting. It simply would not be a fleeting encounter between you and the bat.:)
Long story short...the necropsy of the bat turned out negative. Apparently I have the only bat catching cat...she did not find it aready dying on the ground...but indeed caught a perfectly healthy one out of the air...thanks Molly.
We got her back...in fact she is sleeping on my bed at the moment...too old now (thank God) to hunt too many flying creatures these days.
I hope my story gave you a laugh and some reassurance! (it is
a funny story NOW
Post with us anytime for anxiety support.:)
"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"
"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom
Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 2/26/2015 9:15:06 AM (GMT-7)