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First aid for cats: what to do if you have an insect bite?


Especially in summer, it can happen that your cat gets an insect bite. Then first aid is important. Here you can read what you, as a cat owner, have to look out for if your cat has been stung by a bee, wasp, etc. Image: Shutterstock / Miks

The risk of an insect bite is of course greatest in cats with free access. But your house tiger can also be stung if it reaches for the wrong flight animal, for example on the balcony or in the free run. Quick action is now important - especially if your velvet paw is allergic to the stitch.

How do you know that your cat has been stung?

Most velvet paws cry out at an insect bite, run away and want to hide. In this country, cats are mostly stung by bees or wasps - both of which are very painful, which is why the animal will withdraw. It will lick, gnaw and maybe scratch at the affected area.

To find out how bad it is, carefully approach your cat. Do not touch the painful area immediately, but gently caress your cat. If you have found the place of the insect bite, check whether it swells or how far around the bite the swelling spreads. Depending on how violent the cat's reaction to the prick is, there are different treatment methods. The symptoms of an insect bite in cats at a glance:

• Cat cries out for stitch
• The cat withdraws
• The puncture site swells
• Swelling can spread

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How to recognize an allergic reaction

It is important to react quickly, especially if your cat is allergic to the insect bite. This usually manifests itself in circulatory problems and shortness of breath. However, swelling that extends far beyond the puncture site or the formation of small, fluid-filled vesicles can also be a sign of this. In this case, go to the vet immediately. The signs of an allergic reaction after a stitch in the overview:

• Severe swelling and spread around the puncture site
• Shortness of breath
• circulatory problems
• Formation of bubbles filled with liquid

First aid: treat insect bites in cats

• Check whether there is still a sting, as is often the case after bee stings, for example. Use tweezers to carefully pull it out together with the poison pouch. Make sure that the remaining poison in the pouch does not leak, as this would cause great pain.

• Cool the puncture site with a cooling pad or a damp cloth after your room tiger has recovered from the first shock. If your kitty instinctively licks the puncture site in advance, let it go - the saliva already cools down a bit.

• See your veterinarian as soon as your cat shows signs of an allergic reaction (see above) or the pain doesn't go away.

Beware of stitches in the paws and mouth

It is particularly painful if your velvet paw is stung in the throat. In this case, go straight to the vet because an insect bite in the mouth can be dangerous and obstruct the respiratory tract. An insect bite in the sensitive skin area of ​​the paws is also very painful. Here you should first cool with damp cloths or cold packs. Calcium in the feed can later contribute to healing. A visit to the vet is still advisable. You can find more on the topic in the guide: "Insect bite on the cat's paw: What to do?"