Bee Stings

It’s getting warmer and warmer, and all the insects are back alive again.

But what happens if your cat gets sting? The most common of these are bees. While most are innocuous, with some irritation and swelling accompanied by redness, others can cause severe problems for your cat. Most bee stings will result in localized pain to the affected area, slight swelling and mild redness. However, depending on the location of the sting ( especially if the sting is in the head and neck area or if the bee sting is causing swelling which can block airways) a bee sting may need  vet attention. Cats can get allergic reactions when they get stung by bees, wasps, yellow jackets or hornets.

But When To Worry?

  • If you notice difficulty with movement
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting.
  • Any major inflammation, especially when it moves away from the sting to other parts of the body
  • Cat Difficulty Breathing
  • Swelling
  • Weakness and Cat Lethargy
  • Cat Stress And Anxiety
  • Pale gums
  • Fever
  • Trembling
  • Wheezing
  • Exhibits any difficulty swallowing
  • Excessive vocalization
  • If your cat “faints” it is possible that the sting is mimicking a seizure.

It is important to observe your cat closely for the next day, even if it looks alright. If your cat was attacked by a swarm of bees, immediately take your cat to the veterinarian. And any swelling in the neck or face needs immediate professional treatment.

What To Do?
You may notice swelling and redness at the site of the sting, and might be able to see the sting imbedded in the skin and protruding upwards. If you are able to, remove the stinger by scraping the visible portion with a card, fingernail, side of butter knife or other thin object.

Don’t pull on the stinger – this could cause it to break, pushing more venom into the skin. If you cannot see the stinger, leave it alone, it will eventually be shed out with hair. You may also try placing an ice-cube on the site for a few minutes to relieve the pain.

The poison from a bee sting can cause a pet to go into anaphylactic shock and you will know the signs of it if your pet appears weak, is trembling, vomiting, has diarrhea, is breathing quickly, wheezing, has pale gums, fever or actually collapses.  Hopefully this will never happen, but if it does time will be critical at this point and you will want to get your pet emergency help immediately.  During this time make sure you keep your pet warm and help to keep him or her conscious by putting some Karo Syrup or Honey on their gums.

Always approach the cat carefully. If your cat is nervous or anxious, you might want to restrain the cat if necessary.

Do not pinch the affected area. If the cat is stung by a bee, scrape the stinger off immediately with a credit card or dull knife like explained above.

If the stung area is swollen and hot, apply cortisone cream and hold ice on skin for a short time.

Natural Remedies
There are many herbal and homeopathic remedies that can help to soothe pain and stinging of the skin. Hamamelis virginianum has been used for centuries as a styptic and soothing skin remedy.

Calendula officinalis is a gentle herbal ingredient used to address burning on the skin – with its soothing and calming properties. Melissa officinalis is well-known for its ability to help soothe irritated skin – especially handy in the case of bee stings when used topically.

Another Handy Tip

  • Once the sting is removed – place some baking soda into a bowl.
  • Add a small amount of water and mix it into a paste.
  • Apply this paste onto the site of the sting to help neutralize pain and swelling.
  • Wrap some cloth around the area to prevent your pet licking the area.
  • Keep it on for at least 30 minutes.
  • Afterwards, simply rinse it off with plain water.

When a cat is experiencing respiratory distress, his tongue turns blue, Welts appear throughout the body, face starts swelling, or heart rate and breathing become rapid. If you see one of the above symptoms, you should take your cat to the vet a soon as possible.


9 Responses to “Bee Stings”

  1. Bassas Blog

    You couldn’t have timed this better Dianda. The bees are returning to the garden and Barnaby is chasing them. He has caught several recently. Fortunately, tall person saw and took them away and Barnaby wasn’t stung.

  2. littlemiao

    Scary stuff! Sometimes a bee or wasp gets inside the house and it always makes me so nervous. Lotus had a bug bite/sting when he was little but I think that may have been a spider or centipede.

    • Dianda

      I’m terrified of wasps, so when there is one in my house, I’m out, or locking myself up, haha.
      I hope my cats never get stung by a bee. :(

  3. Paws To Talk

    We have been stung by bees and it is terrible. Our daddy had to rush us to the vet. Good tips in this blog.
    Bella and DiDi


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