Possible Cat Poisoning Cases

Cats and Scorpions

QUESTION

Do cats get sick from scorpion bites?


ANSWER

Yes, they can. Due to their small body weight, a small amount of venom can do more harm to a cat than a larger animal or person.

Fortunately, most scorpions do not have dangerous venom. One should be on the alert, though, and if you know your cat has been bitten by a scorpion, you should go straight to the vet.

The most dangerous scorpion is fortunately confined to one area of the United States, the Southwest. It's sting certainly can be fatal to a cat. It has neurotoxins as well as the usual digestive enzymes in its venom and so is particularly dangerous. This species is called
Centruroides exilicauda.

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Cat Drooling

by victoria
(alvin,texas)

QUESTION:

My cat had kittens over a month ago and now out of nowhere she has started drooling and has a little sore on her top lip that looks like a burn. She has her tongue sticking out with little sores on it and I don't know what it is. She has been sleeping a lot more than usual and urinates large amounts but few times. I don't have any money but I'm all for home remedies or any suggestions you may have for me.

ANSWER:

I'm sorry, Victoria, but I couldn't recommend any home remedies for your cat. It sounds as if your cat definitely needs to be seen by a veterinarian. She could have been exposed to a poison which can lead to further very serious problems.

She could also have a serious mouth bacterial infection or serious viral infection. All of these things I mention require different treatments and only through a veterinarian exam could it be determined which your cat needs.

Have you tried a company called CareCredit? They have payment plans for veterinary care. Have you asked the vet if he will give you a reduced fee or a payment plan? Have you asked for help from your family and friends?

I hope you can help your kitty. I am very sorry.

Best,
Dr. Neely

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