Cats can get infected with B. henselae from flea bites and flea dirt (droppings) getting into their wounds. By scratching and biting at the fleas, cats pick up the infected flea dirt under their nails and between their teeth. Cats can also become infected by fighting with other cats that are infected. The germ spreads to people when infected cats bite or scratch a person hard enough to break their skin. The germ can also spread when infected cats lick at wounds or scabs that you may have.
Scratch The Cat on Scratch by Jakey-Steak
Cat scratch disease (also called cat scratch fever) is caused by the bacterium (bar-tuh-NEH-luh HEN-suh-lay), which is found in the saliva of cats and kittens all over the world. About 3 to 10 days after a person is bitten or scratched by a cat, a blister or small bump may develop. This is called an inoculation (ih-nah-kyoo-LAY-shun) lesion, which means that it appears at the site where germs entered the body. Usually about 2 weeks later, there is inflammation of nearby lymph nodes. If the scratch or bite is on the arm, the lymph nodes on the arm or in the armpit will become swollen. Swelling also can develop in the lymph nodes in the neck or groin, depending on the site of the scratch or bite.
I got scratched by my pet cat accidentally
Cat-scratch disease (CSD) is a bacterial infection spread by cats. The disease spreads when an infected cat licks a person's open wound, or bites or scratches a person hard enough to break the surface of the skin. About three to 14 days after the skin is broken, a mild infection can occur at the site of the scratch or bite. The infected area may appear swollen and red with round, raised lesions and can have pus. The infection can feel warm or painful. A person with CSD may also have a fever, headache, poor appetite, and exhaustion. Later, the person's lymph nodes closest to the original scratch or bite can become swollen, tender, or painful.
Long Description: Scratched by cat, subsequent encounter