What to Do if Your Cat Is Attacked by Biting Insects?
If you have an ant, bee, hornet or wasp nest at home, your cat may get stung on their face, stomach or feet where there is little hair. After a bite, symptoms usually develop within 20 minutes, with the affected area becoming red and swollen, and your pet showing signs of irritation and pain. However, with multiple bites anaphylactic shock may occur, which is characterized by wheezing, a fast pulse, reduced consciousness and collapse, and requires immediate attention from a vet.
Treating an Insect Bite
With a bee sting remove the stinger using a scraping action with a credit card; tweezers are not recommended, as this drives more venom into the bite. The itchiness of the sting site can be eased by applying a baking soda paste or calamine lotion, while ice can reduce swelling and pain. If you are in any doubt about the sting though, you should always contact your veterinarian for guidance.
To prevent further bites you will need to locate and remove the insect nests. As the source of the insects is not always obvious though and it can be dangerous to attempt get rid of a nest without experience, you may need to bring in experts to find and dispose of the nests, so call Marty if you want to rid your home of biting insects.
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