Cats are at risk of getting stung around the head and paws by poisonous insects because cats are curious. Normally, the sting will cause swelling and irritation. It can be dealt with fairly comfortably by the owner or perhaps a vet.
Rarely a cat might be hypersensitive to insect stings such as a bee sting. This may be because the cat was exposed in the past. A hypersensitivity reaction is anaphylactic shock.
I thought of this because Monty, Ruth Young’s black cat, appears to be hypersensitive to bee stings….
“My scariest experience was the day Monty tried to eat a bee and got stung on his tongue by a giant bumblebee. The vet suggested Benadryl, so I put half a tablet in some food, but Monty choked on the food. He ran under the couch. I was able to get him to come out and as I picked him up his tongue was hanging out of his mouth, his little body was stiff and he wasn’t getting any air. I felt so helpless. But then he was able to breathe again somehow. I threw him in his new carrier and called the vet on the way.”
That is part of Ruth’s comment on the scariest moments page.
Monty could not breath. Other signs of “generalised toxity” are agitation, drooling, pale gums, cold limbs, vomiting, and seizures.
I think we can say that Monty is known to have a bad reaction to bee stings. This is a cause for concern for Ruth, who has to watch out for him…
“Monty got outside time in the afternoon today. I kept a watchful eye out for bees, but actually only saw one. He was ok– mostly laid in the shade on the back porch.” (Facebook comment today)
So, I wonder if Ruth’s vet has recommended that she keep an EpiPen kit available at home with instructions on using it. These kits are an injectable epinephrine (an “Auto-Injector”), a drug that counteracts the anaphylactic shock. Epinephrine is adrenalin. Apparently, it has a fairly short shelf live, unfortunately.
Of course it should only be used in emergencies and the cat taken to the vet immediately afterwards as the injection can have side effects.
One of these kits would bring a certain amount of peace of mind to a cat owner whose cat is hypersensitive to bee stings.
Associated page: How many lives has your cat used up?