What Happens When a Scorpion Stings My Cat?
If you’re living in southwest Arizona, scorpions are a consistent safety concern. Giant hairy desert scorpions, striped tail scorpions and Arizona bark scorpions are common species, with the Arizona bark scorpion being considered the most dangerous with the most harmful venom. While most scorpion species are nocturnal creatures, many homeowners report they notice scorpion stings happen while their cat was “playing” with the scorpion. Then the animal gets stung on nose, tail or paw when the scorpion was trying to defend itself. But what can happen when a scorpion stings a cat?
Can a Scorpion Sting Kill a Cat?
The good news is even the sting from the dangerous bark scorpion is unlikely to kill your cat if it’s accidentally stung and treated promptly. After a scorpion sting, your cat is likely to experience some discomfort at the site with some possible soreness or discomfort as well as:
- Localized pain accompanied by licking, limping or rubbing
- Trouble swallowing or breathing
- Difficulty urinating or defecating
In extreme situations, cats may experience tremors, agitation, rolling eye movement or changes in their breathing.
Scorpion Sting Cat Treatment
When you notice the common signs that your cat has been stung by a scorpion, the best immediate solution is to contact your veterinarian and try treating and cleaning the area. Make sure to keep your cat in a comfortable position and clean out the wound with cool water. Try to take out the scorpion’s stinger with a pair of tweezers then apply a compress to the sting site to reduce discomfort. Avoid giving your cat any medications unless approved by your veterinarian.
When to Bring a Cat to the Vet
While it’s incredibly unlikely that a scorpion can kill your cat, the effects of severe circumstances can cause significant health problems for your cat. Always make sure to call a vet immediately after a scorpion sting, especially if you believe it’s from an Arizona bark scorpion, to receive specific guidance on treatment. If you notice extreme symptoms within the first 10 to 15 minutes after the sting such as paralysis, labored breathing, skin inflammation, drooling or unexpected collapse, you should bring your cat to the vet immediately to receive medical intervention and prevent more serious side effects.
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One of the best ways to prevent a scorpion sting is to have a pest control professional visit your home and check for signs of scorpion activity. At Green Home Pest Control, we’ve developed the most effective and safe scorpion pest control prevention solutions throughout the Phoenix area. If you suspect you may have scorpions lingering throughout your property, you can rely on our professionals to completely inspect your home and determine which type you have and how to remove them properly. We make sure to develop personalized pest control solutions that meet the specific needs of your household while fitting your budget.
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