Our feline friends may be cute, but they are also predators by nature. It’s always cute to watch a kitty batting around a catnip mouse. Finding Fluffy playing with a scorpion? Not so much. A local Mesa, AZ vet offers tips on keeping your cat safe from scorpions below.

Scorpion Basics

There’s both good news and bad news when it comes to scorpions in The Grand Canyon State. Arizona is home to over 40 different types of these critters. Luckily for us, most of them aren’t really dangerous. In fact, scorpions do offer some benefits, such as eating bugs. Unfortunately, one of the poisonous types, the Arizona Bark Scorpion, is quite common in this area. Though their stings aren’t usually deadly, they can make both people and pets pretty miserable for a few days.

Fluffy’s Hunting Prowess

Cats are both playful and curious. They’re also fierce hunters. Scorpions are just the right size to attract their attention. Fluffy has definitely disturbed a few scorpion nests in her day! Some people actually credit their feline friends with clearing scorpions away. Needless to say, this isn’t a good way to get rid of these creepy crawlies. We recommend hiring a good pest control company instead.

Scorpion Bites

You may have heard that kitties are immune to scorpion stings? That’s actually a misconception. Scorpions can—and do—sting cats. However, it doesn’t happen as often as one might expect. There are a few potential reasons for this. First and foremost, Fluffy’s fur is often thick enough to keep the stinger from penetrating the skin much, if at all. Also, humans often get stung when they disturb scorpions. Kitties are usually pretty alert, and are more likely to see a scorpion and react to it. Many cats are also quick enough to get away from a stinger in time.

Warning Signs

Keep an eye out for signs that Fluffy has been stung. Some common red flags are limping, swelling, respiratory issues, drooling, vomiting, and uncharacteristic behavior. However, some cats have more serious reactions. If you know or suspect that your kitty has been stung, call your vet immediately. Your feline friend may need pain medication. It’s also important to make sure that the stinger has been properly removed and the wound cleaned.

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your local Mesa, AZ vet clinic, anytime!