What should I do if my cat gets stung by a Bee or Wasp?

5 Oct 2018

October 05, 2018

We all know kittens and cats are curious they want to explore and play with any small flying thing including bees and wasp and the chance of being stung can be high, especially in those summer months.

First, check for signs of severe reaction depending on where your cat was stung to what immediate medical attention that may be needed.  So, what are you looking for, rapid or laboured breathing, facial swelling, pale gums or mucous membranes, vomiting especially within the first 5-10 minutes, diarrhoea, weak or rapid heartbeat, collapse.

Determine if you can what stung your cat for instance bees usually leaf their sting in and are different from wasp or hornet stings, you will need to take a different approach to treatment, wasps do not leave their sting behind.

A bee sting is venom is acidic, while wasp venom is alkaline it is best to try and neutralise the sting with an alkaline, substance like baking soda or an acid, substance like vinegar.  

How to remove the stinger? The stinger will look like a small black splinter with a bee it will be embedded in the cat’s skin, therefore try to remove the sting with the edge of a credit card, fingernail, a butter knife, do not use tweezers or pinch it out with your fingers you will be squeezing more venom into the wound. Apply a cold compress to the site of the sting this will help soothe inflammation and reduce swelling. Continue with five-minute interviews over an hour.

Apply a paste of baking soda and water to the site of the sting with this solution you mix three parts baking soda, sodium bicarbonate and one-part water, this you apply once every two hours until the swelling diminishes this is providing you know the sting is a bee sting.

If it is a wasp then apply apple cider vinegar instead. Take care not get any of these substances in your cats’ eyes. Keep an eye on your cats’ condition.

Benadryl can be used to help reduce inflammation, itching and discomfort other medications for humans can be harmful to cats. Pure Aloe gel is also good to use, of course keep away from cats’ eyes.

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