Cats are curious, so they are most likely to be stung by bees. Don’t worry, and most stings will slowly disappear. You only need to deal with it at home. But in some cases, it may still become an emergency.
This article is about giving you some guidance on how to deal with bee stings for your cats. If adequately treated, you can ease your cat’s pain and swell effectively.
If you have been stung by a bee, you will know how painful it is. Seeing this poor guy in the picture… looks so pitiful… the nose was being stung by a bee!
Bee Sting Symptoms in Cats
In most cases, it’s okay for a cat to be stung by a bee~ The first thing to do is to assess whether a cat or dog has a severe sting complication.
Common mild symptoms include Local Swelling, redness, pain, etc.; these are not important.
Stings Can Be Dangerous
Severe symptoms include swelling of the whole body, hives, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, and shock; you need to see a Vet immediately. In addition, if you find that a dog or cat has been stung, you must carefully check whether there are multiple stings on their body—the more stings, the greater the chance of more severe symptoms.
Bee Sting Treatment for Cats
Remove bee sting
After being stung, cats and dogs usually scratch or bite on the painful skin, which can help you find the location of the sting.
Bee stings are usually translucent, so they may be difficult to find at the beginning. Be patient~ the stung place will swell up a bag. The bee sting is located in the center of the bag. If you look straight up and it looks hard to find, you can try to find it from the side angle~
After discovery, use tweezers to remove the bee sting carefully. If it is difficult to take out, do not squeeze the stung part because doing so will promote the release of bee venom; in addition, be careful not to damage the sting, promoting the release of toxins. If the bee sting is deep, go to the hospital and ask a doctor for help to remove it.
First Aid for Cat Bee Stings
After removing the bee sting, you can wash the stung area with mild soap and water, mix the soda powder with a small amount of water, and apply it to the stung area. Note that the paste should stick to the skin surface. Too thick or too thin will affect the effect~ This can reduce local pain and at the same time play a role in diluting toxins.
Prepare an ice pack, or apply a cold compress to the stung area with ice cubes wrapped in a towel. The cold compress paralyzes the nerves and can also reduce the pain of cats and dogs. It can also reduce Swelling ~ Pay attention to apply for 5 minutes, slow down for 5 minutes to prevent them from frostbite; it’s best to apply ice repeatedly until the swelling disappears~ Also, remember to wear a collar before reducing the Swelling ~
When to See the Vet
Within 24 hours after being stung by a bee, you need to observe whether there are serious complications closely ~ Although the chance is slight, parents need to be psychologically prepared!
If the cats have severe swelling or hives, you need to contact a veterinarian~ to ask if some over-the-counter antihistamines (such as diphenhydramine) can be used to reduce the cat’s allergic reaction;
If the symptoms are not relieved after a few minutes, you need to take them to see the vet immediately. The vet generally will provide antihistamines or glucocorticoids to help to get through the crisis. Pay special attention to being stung in the nose and mouth. For cats, the pain and swelling will be more severe and sometimes even affect breathing; it is best to see a vet as soon as possible.
In general, the damage of bee stings is minimal. If the symptoms are mild, they can be treated by themselves, and if the symptoms are severe, you need to find a vet for medication. As long as you can follow the above steps, you can effectively reduce the pain and swelling, so you don’t have to worry too much.