Can Black Widows Kill Cats?

Yes, black widow spiders can kill cats. The stings of black widow, brown recluse spiders and tarantulas are toxic to animals. The bitten cat will feel a sharp pain at the stings site.

Later the cat may develop labored breathing, fever, chills and excitability. He may then go into shock and seizures may occur. There may be early paralysis from a black widow spider bite. Most cats will die. Therefore, the corollary is that some cats will survive; death from a black widow spider bite is not 100% certain.

There is an antivenom (antivenin) for a black widow bite. Obviously it has to be obtained from your veterinarian in time to save your cat.




Because free-roaming cats are able to express their desire to hunt and also because they are curious by nature they tend to be at risk from poisonous insects. Cats tend to get stung about the face and the paws.

The Northern black widow spider is primarily found in the north-eastern United States. I’m told that they may also live as far south as Florida and as far north as Canada and going west they can be found in Texas as well.




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Can Black Widows Kill Cats? — 1 Comment

  1. This is an informational article with great advice for cat owners so they can be aware of this danger to their pets. Maybe it will convince some owners not to let their pet out without supervision. You are the only one who sees it as a sympathy piece. What, you feel bad for the spiders? If the articles on this site make you sick why do you spend time reading and posting here? You are the one with an agenda, psycho cat hater. Get off this site if it bothers you so much asshole. Go hangout with your psycho cat hater buddies or try to be normal and get a life. The truth is you enjoy pissing cat people off, you have no life so you get a thrill from it. You are the one with an agenda, psycho cat hater. I bet you abuse animals too you sick, evil fuck. Get some help asshole, just not here. We do not care about you or your fucked up opinion stupid moron.

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