Model Fox tells of 'crazy cat' bite
Published 28/09/2010 | 08:28
Former model Samantha Fox has told how she was bitten by a "crazy cat" while on holiday as she warned of the health dangers of travel.
Fox needed urgent treatment against possible rabies while on a break in Thailand and hopes her experience will highlight the importance of visiting a doctor before travelling.
Her message coincides with World Rabies Day - a disease that has had recent outbreaks in Bali and Peru.
Fox said: "I travel all over the world as part of my job and often go to exotic locations, however, I did not seek medical advice before this trip as I always thought that I was aware of most health issues.
"My experience in Thailand has taught me that I was not aware enough and I now wish I had booked that appointment with my doctor before I went on holiday."
The reality TV star visited the popular tourist resort of Koh Samui in June and had to seek urgent medical attention after being bitten by a stray cat.
She said: "I was out for a meal and there were a number of stray cats around the restaurant, like there are in many countries abroad.
"I fed the cat some scraps of food from my plate, and thought we were getting on well as it sat by my feet.
"As I went to stroke the cat, it bit me so hard the wound went down to the bone."
Fox said her holiday was ruined and her life potentially put at risk after the bite from the seemingly tame cat.