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What to do if a cat gets stung by a bee?

As a cat owner it is important to ask yourself if you know what to do if your cat swallows or gets stung by a bee. Will you be prepared if this happens while on a family camping trip, or in the wee hours of the morning? Cats and bee stings can result in a serious situation depending on how many times your cat got stung and on what part of your cat’s body. Cats are curious animal, so when they get stung by bees it’s usually on the face, nose, or paw. The old adage, “curiosity killed the cat”, actually has an element of truth. Cats are nosy creatures, sniffing at anything of interest. Since felines find insects interesting, they sniff at them, and if they stick their nose where it doesn’t belong, that could turn out to be fatal. So, let’s take a comprehensive look at what happens if a cat got stung by a bee. Cats and bees Since their bodies are small, a bee sting can have a greater, faster effect on cats than it does on humans . Cats react to bee stings a lot like people do. You can expe

Can cat get kennel cough from dog?

Kennel cough is an upper respiratory infection affecting animals like dogs and cats. Kennel cough is so named because the infection can spread quickly among animals in the close quarters of a kennel or animal shelter.Kennel cough is cats is highly contagious disease that can cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms.Bacteria are spread through airborne droplets produced by sneezing and coughing.

Kennel cough in cats have many different causes. Most common cause of kennel cough is some bacteria called Bordetella bronchiseptica. Kennel cough is like a chest cold in humans. Kennel cough may resolve without treatment in a week or two, or it can worsen and require veterinary attention. Cats with mild respiratory signs often improve with supportive care and rest alone.

So, can cat get kennel cough from dog? Yes, cat can get kennel cough from infected dog.  Bacteria -Bordetella bronchiseptica, that causes kennel cough in dogs is the same one that is responsible for causing kennel cough in cats.

Evidence showing cats getting kennel cough from dogs and vice-a-versa


Bacteria (Bordetella bronchiseptica)- is shed in oral and nasal secretions of infected cats. Dogs with respiratory disease are an infection risk for cats (source: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/26251987_Bordetella_Bronchiseptica_Infection_in_Cats).

Evidence shows that the isolation of Bordetella bronchiseptica from cats is frequently associated with the presence, in the same household, of dogs with recent respiratory tract disease.Below research shows that one of the factors for kennel cough (also called upper respiratory tract disease) in cats were contacts with infected dogs.

Factors associated with upper respiratory tract disease caused by feline herpesvirus, feline calicivirus, Chlamydophila felis and Bordetella bronchiseptica in cats: experience from 218 European catteries

To quote from research, it says that
There was evidence that FHV, FCV and B bronchiseptica played a role in URTD. The risk factors associated with the disease were less than excellent hygiene, contact with dogs with URTD, and larger numbers of cats in the cattery or household.

Is cat kennel cough contagious to humans?


Chances are very rare, Humans are not natural carriers of B. bronchiseptica.Bordetella bronchiseptica can, in certain circumstances, cause illness in people with immune system disease.

Study published in Clinical microbiology review, tries to review the literature in which human infections with B. bronchiseptica have been reported and suggests that the agent may occasionally be encountered as a commensal or colonizer of the human respiratory tract and, rarely, as a pathogen in human disease.

Another study undertaken at the Geneva University Hospitals, concludes that B. bronchiseptica may rarely affect the human, it should be considered as potentially pathogenic when found in airways of immunocompromised patients.

What to do if your cat is infected with kennel cough?


Is your cat infected with kennel cough?

Cat will show below symptoms 3-4 after getting infected.

Common symptoms associated with kennel cough are: Sneezing, Nasal discharge/runny nose, Loss of appetite (anorexia), Difficulty breathing, Crackling lung sounds

What does cat kennel cough sound like?

Though there can be number of reasons for cat coughing, most common symptom of kennel cough in cat is a dry, hacking cough. It is very much like the coughing sound made while spitting of the hair ball (due to hair ball getting stuck in cat’s throat).

Preventive measures to take:


Transmission among cats and dogs can happens very easily because upper respiratory illness is highly infective.The nasal or eye secretions of an infected pet can pass to other cats during normal activities like grooming, hissing or during coughing.

Susceptible cats can get an infection by direct contact with another infected cat or by environmental exposure to objects such as food and water bowls, litter boxes, cat toys, blankets that have been contaminated with infectious secretions.

Preventing direct contact between your cat and other cats will greatly minimize the chance that your cat will pick up an infection.Set your cat in a separate room from the rest of your pets.Make sure your new cat has his own food and water dish, bedding material and litter box so that other pets in house are not infected.Ensure that

Feeding dishes, water dishes, litter box and living spaces are also thoroughly disinfected.Change cat litter boxes daily and keep them away from areas where food is prepared and eaten. Wear protective gloves to clean cages, and to remove feces. Wash hands after contact with pets. Discourage pets from face licking.

Schedule veterinary visits for all pets regularly, including to control and prevent parasites.Even if your cat received the one-time treatment, keep him separated for a few days to ensure the treatment was effective.Just because cat is not sneezing anymore or has finished his medicine doesn't mean he's completely healthy and ready to be released.Washing your hands thoroughly before and after petting another cat will further reduce the likelihood of disease spread between cats.

It is always prudent to isolate a new cat from the other cats in your household for at least 1-2 weeks to minimize the risk of transmission of any infectious diseases.

Another important thing to consider is to not allow unknown cat or dog immediate access to your own cats at home. If you bring a new kitty from shelter or rescued a cat or found a stray cat, try to keep them separate from your own cats for about 2 weeks.

 

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