I had gotten away with handling salt cats for 5 years now and no real problems until this weekend. Please don't let this happen to you. Do not under any circumstances try to handle them. Do not let them get anywhere near your body anywhere. I ended up with two deep puncture wounds one on ea hand and a shallow one on leg. Ended up in ER for antibiotics, Tetnus shot, x ray to see if barb was left in hand. This was totally different than any other stick Ive had from a Cat all my life. Do not, Do not try to handle them.