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Rattlesnake Bites In Cats
Hays County, Texas — This is rattlesnake country. Every now and again we hear news of someone who was struck by the coiled beast and a few years ago there was the sad news of a woman out for a walk who died from the snake bite.
It’s no surprise that an outdoor cat is susceptible to snake bite, even though encounters with rattlesnakes are rather uncommon among both people and cats.
How does it happen? Aside from accidents, it usually occurs because the snake was messed with — people poking it with a stick or that kitten of yours chasing things in the weeds.
According to Tenaker Pet Care Centers, Inc, “Most dogs are usually bitten on the nose and face because they want to sniff the snake, while cats are bitten on the paw because they want to swat at the snake.” Rattlesnake Bites in Dogs and Cats.
Of course with an outdoor cat you may not know the little critter has been bitten but the good news is that “Twenty-five percent of rattlesnake bites are dry, meaning they release no venom, but it is still prudent to seek medical attention.” Rattlesnake Bites in Dogs and Cats
If you know that a rattlesnake has attacked your cat take heart, cats survive bites surprising well with immediate medical attention and Antivenin. Immediate means there is only about a one hour window of opportunity to receive effective treatment and the Antivenin in Hays County can cost upward of $500 a vial according to the San Marcos Veterinary Clinic.
So how do you handle the cat? Keep the cat as calm as possible, in a carrier to restrict movement. The more activity, the more blood circulation, the faster the toxin will spread through the body. Do not treat the animal yourself, get to a vet, call ahead so the doctor can be prepared and do not assume the old movie tricks really work.
Those old movie westerns showing guys cutting into the bite and sucking out the venom were just plain wrong so don’t even try it on a cat!