Stings and venomous bites

The cat is curious by nature. His desire to understand everything that is happening in its territory sometimes causes problems. Not everything that surrounds it wants to be investigated and when disturbed, acts.

I always emphasize that a cat that lives indoors faces less risk. But sometimes the danger enters the house or living in your garden. Bee stings and spider bites. All are dangerous for your cat. Here are some ideas of what to do with a wounded cat.

If you have been bitten by a know how painful it is. Same for your cat. The first sign that the cat has been bitten is swelling in the affected area. They are usually your face and forelegs. In addition to swelling, the cat will feel pain in your muscles accompanied by vomiting and fever especially if stung on more than one occasion.

IMPORTANT: If you notice multiple bites along with pale gums, your cat can go into shock due to the excessive amount of poison in his body. Take him to the vet emergency.

To try to help you cope with the pain follow these steps

• Reassure the cat. Do not talk loud.

• Check the ground area. If you still have the stinger with tweezers pluck it out, no sharp knife or even with a credit card. Do not try to remove it by hand, you can bury more.

• Make a mixture with baking soda and water until pasty consistency with. Apply it with ice on the swollen area for a few minutes.

• Many experts say may be given a mild dose of antihistamine (1/2 mg per pound) to relieve pain. But I think it is best to consult with your veterinarian before giving any drugs to your cat.

Not all spiders cause damage. But there are some exceptions and these must be taken into the peephole as they can be lethal.

• Spider Black Widow (Black Widow Spider): Your reputation is real. It is extremely poisonous and easy to distinguish. His body is black with a red mark under his abdomen. The bite does not always bring poison. But when it happens, the venom is potent causing muscle paralysis and even death spasms.

Symptoms of black widow spider bite

• Paralysis • abdomen becomes rigid; • meows in pain. Pain usually on his back, chest and abdomen; • Trouble breathing due to paralysis; • Fast heartbeat; • Lack of coordination; • Vomiting and diarrhea; • Death if it is not given the antidote in time.


Treatment: it is difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can be confused with other diseases. It is important that if your cat has vomited or had diarrhea, pick up a little of this and take it to the doctor. It is the fastest way to get a correct diagnosis.

Once decided, the veterinarian will administer the antidote to the poison. Your cat has to be hospitalized to monitor any reaction. In addition to the antidote also it needs oxygen to help him breathe and fluids through a vein to lower blood pressure, relax muscles and help with the pain.

The vet needs to observe the bite area for a few weeks to make sure it has completely healed. Symptoms such as weakness and insomnia may last for months.

• brown recluse spider (Brown recluse spider): As its name suggests, this spider does not like to bother anyone. He prefers to live in dark and lonely away from human and animal places. Like going out at night to eat. All perfect conditions to activate the curiosity of the cat. The cat tries to catch her, she has to defend.

The bite produces a wound that remains open for a long time. The tissue around the bite is dying infectious creating an ideal environment.

Symptoms of brown recluse spider bite

• Pain in the area (can last 6 to 8 hours); • The bite has a particular aspect. The area is white with a central point which crusts. This then falls two weeks leaving an active ulcer following atrophying adjacent muscles;. • Anemia and blood in the urine during the first 24 hours • After 2 days, the cat may have a fever, weakness, nausea and pain joints


Treatment: Like the bite of the black widow spider, know with certainty that the cat has been bitten by a brown recluse spider takes time. Its symptoms are mistaken for other diseases.

The venom of this spider has the ability to destroy tissue in untreated cases, end up amputating the leg bite.

If the wound was caught in time and the cat no major symptoms, treatment is to heal the wound using cold compresses to reduce swelling and help with pain.

However if the cat is very ill treatment it includes surgery to remove dead tissue.