Categories: Cat Health

Cat Bee Sting

"Syd after his stinging encounter with bee" Photo Shamey Jo (Flickr)

The treatment for a cat bee sting is the same as for stings and bites generally according to Drs Carlson and Giffin in their excellent, Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook. The book is also available in the UK.

Stings can cause, as expected, painful swelling at the sting's site. Multiple stings can cause the cat to go into shock. Anaphylactic shock can occur very rarely if the cat has been stung in the past. If the cat shows signs of shock - agitation, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, difficulty breathing - an immediate visit to the vet is called for.

Bees leave their stingers in the cat. It should be removed with tweezers or some other device.

"Make a paste of baking soda"...and apply it to the site of the sting.

Apply ice to relieve swelling and pain.

Itching can be reduced by applying Calamine Lotion and Cortaid anti-itch cream.

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Cat Bee Sting

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Feb 08, 2011 Certainly
by: Phil (London)

I will indeed, Michael - I don't fancy my chances if I had to administer ice inside either of my cats' mouths!


Feb 08, 2011 Bee Sting inside Mouth
by: Michael

Hi Phil. Thanks for the good question. I have failed to find an answer from a veterinarian (from my library).

Logic and commonsense tell me that we should wait a watch full-time and be prepared for an emergency visit to the veterinarian.

Swelling might block the airway. That is the single most obvious thing that occurs to me and you probably.

Swelling might impeded breathing with possible severe consequences.

It may be possible to bring down swelling by applying ice to the outside of the throat/mouth but this is a guess.

If you find a good answer please leave a comment!


Feb 07, 2011 Thanks
by: Phil (London)

Interesting, Michael, thanks. I must say that I haven't ever worried too much about typical stings, but I do worry about stings inside the mouth - that's to say, if a cat catches and eats a bee or wasp.

Are there any good tips to administer first aid if that happens? My worry would be a sting inside the throat, leading it to swell up and cause suffocation...


Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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