General information on Insect Stings
Insect stings, spiders, and scorpions can cause pain, inflammation, and other symptoms depending of the source of the sting. The symptoms can remain local around the site of the sting or bite or they can spread beyond the site of the sting or bite. These stings and bites can be mild to severe. Should the cat be stung or bitten too many times at once, the cat may go into shock due to the exposure to all of the toxins. In most cases, cats tend to be stung or bitten around the face and the paws. It is always important to be aware of the symptoms so that, if necessary, an anti-venom can be obtained from a veterinarian in time.
Symptoms of Insect Stings
Some of the symptoms of an insect, spider, or scorpion sting or bite may be: pain, swelling, chills, fever, difficulty breathing, blisters, lesions, joint pain, irritation, vomiting, seizures, paralysis, kidney failure, restlessness, drooling, scratching, diarrhea, fainting, and sometimes death.
Treatments for Insect Stings
The treatment for insect, spider, and scorpion bites and stings is to first identify what stung or bit the cat. Should there be a stinger present, it should be removed with tweezers or scraped out with a flat edge; such as a credit card. A baking soda and water paste can be made and applied to the location of the sting. Swelling and inflammation can be reduced with ice or a cold compress. Should the affected area be itchy, calamine lotion can be applied to relieve the itch, but a loose bandage should be placed over the area to prevent the cat from licking the medication off. Should the affected cat appear with severe symptoms (such as vomiting, diarrhea, fainting, seizures, paralysis, kidney failure, difficulty breathing, etc., it is important to immediately seek veterinary assistance.
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