Published : 07/12/2017 12:00:00
Categories : tips and tricks
|Summer days bring their lots of joys, but also of inconveniences. These months are thus those where the insects are out : wasps, bees, hornets, but also mosquitoes, tawny, ants or spiders. So many creatures that can spoil our picnics, but also hurt kitty ! Cats being inveterate hunters, they can often imprudently attack all these little animals and get stung. The wound is usually benign, but it can be painful and sometimes cause an allergic reaction. Here are the tips to know in case your cat has been stung by an insect.|
Identify the area and cause of the sting
The first step is to spot, if possible quickly, where your cat got bitten. Also, some of his behaviours should alert you. If you notice that your cat is suddenly rubbing the paw against the head, biting himself, or if an abnormal swelling appears on a part of his body (usually on his legs or head) then he has probably been bitten by an insect.
Heal a cat stung by an insect
If your cat has been stung by a bee and the insect sting is still present, you must first remove it. It is not recommended to do this with tweezers, as this method may cause a little more venom to spread from the stinger (when the venom bag has remained hanging). Instead, use a flat, rigid object, such as a credit card, and gently press the skin to release the sting. Get help if possible, because kitty may not be very cooperative ...
Beware of complications
Some bites can be impressive, especially when they cause swelling, but are usually not serious: in a few hours everything returns to normal. However, caution should be exercised when the animal has been stung in the mouth or throat, or if swelling occurs in these areas after a sting, as they may cause respiratory discomfort. In such cases, the veterinarian must be visited quickly.