Skip to main content

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

Why are Cats Afraid of Water?



It may appear that most cats living in our homes don’t like water, however this does not mean that cats are afraid of water. As evident from many viral YouTube videos, that cats are not afraid of water and this is mostly considered as stereotype by some experts. Any cat who has been exposed to water since kitten-hood may enjoy it.

It is mostly a matter of personal preference and here are the top reasons why cats may be afraid of water or might hate water.

• Negative Experience with water in past
• Cats Ancestry
• Swimming in Water might lead to exhaustion
• To maintain optimal body temperature
• They need their Smell of Scent
• Cats coats get heavy when in water
• Cats have super-sensitive and oddly-shaped ear canals
• Water Temperature
• They are forced into water as most cats do not like to be physically restrained.
• Movement and sound of running water
• They simply don’t enjoy it

1.Negative Experience with water in past


Some Cats might have experienced traumatic events related to water in past.Like getting trapped in water or something like that.Cats have really good associative memories, especially for things that have harmed them.

Associative memory is when a cat remembers by associating a specific activity with what they see, smell or hear, and whether they have a positive or negative memory of it.A sight, a tone a voice or even a smell can lead your cat to go in defensive mode once the negative association is recorded in their memory.When a cat associates something negative with an activity, it can be hard to change their behavior.

Felines do associate sights, sounds and smells, though. A cat’s memory is thought to be at least 100 times better than a dog’s.As any cat owner knows, felines are more selective, and remember what they think is useful to them.Pets who have been abused or in less than ideal living situations can also show proof of long-term memory.

2.Cats Ancestry


Cat's ancestor were desert animals and evolved in climates that were very dry.

Domestic cats have been traced back to a single wild ancestor whose relatives still live in the remote deserts of the Middle East today.Hence cats were not used to water bodies.

Cats also don't drink a lot of water.Their kidneys have adapted incredibly well to life without water.That’s why their urine is so concentrated and why it smells so awful.

3.Maintain optimal body temperature


Cats need clean dry fur to maintain an optimal body temperature. Cats crave warmth and maintain a higher body temperature than humans, and it's harder for them to get and stay warm. Cat’s normal body temperature can range from 100.5 to 102.5 degrees. 101.5 degrees is often referred to as a “normal” body temperature.

Fur insulates the body in cold weather and helps prevent the body from taking on too much heat in warm weather. Fur acts as a thermal regulator to slow down the process of heat absorption.

Cat lovers know there's no greater joy than curling up on a cold day with a kitty in your lap.
Being covered in heavy, wet fur is cold.Many Cats don't like the feel of getting wet, but it doesn't mean they are afraid of it. If fur gets wet, it might also ruin cat's protective coat.

4.They need their smell of scent


Cats communicate using scents. Cats like to be able to smell their own scent. Going in water might temporarily remove the smell of scent.

Scent serves many purpose. They need this scent for marking their ‘territory’. The oils that their skin produces is needed. Scent glands release pheromones. These pheromones are actually chemicals that provide information.

In an outdoor setting, scent communication is vital because it reveals information about one cat to another without the risk of a physical confrontation. For an outdoor cat this is a very important survival benefit.

When cat meets a new cat, it will let her smell first (dominant cat venturing the first sniff).
This is how unfamiliar cats greet each other.

5.Cats' Coats Get Heavy When Wet


The top layer of a cat's coat generally has some water-resistance. However, if the coat is completely drenched, it becomes quite heavy. Have you ever stepped in a water with your clothes on? It’s not a very good feeling. If cat does not feel good, then it is not going to enjoy the experience.

It will make it difficult to move and probably makes cat feel like he is not fast as usual.Remember cats are highly skilled predators but they are also prey to larger predators.Cats like to know that they can get out of a situation any time they need to, so feeling heavy and slow is an unwelcome sensation.

As mentioned in point 3, Cats maintain a higher body temperature than humans, and it's harder for them to get and stay warm. Being covered in heavy, wet fur is cold. Cats Get Cold Easily.

6.Cats have super-sensitive and oddly-shaped ear canals


They might not be afraid of water, they could be just avoiding having their head in the water.
If water gets inside their ears it would be really difficult for them to get it out. Water in ears could lead to some super painful ear infections and possibly deafness, which would make them a less effective predator.

Among domestic animals, cats have some of the best hearing. Cats have a very developed sense of hearing. They are able to hear higher pitched sounds than dogs, let alone humans.
They also can detect the tiniest variances in sound, distinguishing differences of as little as one-tenth of a tone, which helps them identify the type and size of the prey emitting the noise.

It helps them in that they’re predators by nature—being able to hear a wider range of sounds helps them detect a wider range of prey species and gives them a chance of hearing and avoiding their own predators.

This heightened sense of hearing is especially important in wildcats, which depend on hunting for survival. It also enables wild and domestic feline mothers to hear faint squeals of distress from their cubs or kittens when they stray too far away.

Ear are also used for balancing. The vestibular apparatus, housed deep in the cat's inner ear, is responsible for the cat's remarkable sense of balance.

7.Water Temperature


Most of the time it is due to the temperature of the water used. Cats are warm blooded, and a normal body temp of a cat is 100.5 to 101.5 s.

The proper temperature is just like a baby’s bath. It should be warm and not hot. It should not be cold. Most domestic cats are going to complain if the temperature gets any lower than 60 degrees.

8. Physically restrained.


If they are forced into water as most Cats don’t like to be physically restrained.Cat may perceive being restrained as ‘I'm trapped!’ or ‘Something bad is going to happen to me!’ or ‘I'm about to be killed or eaten!

9. Movement,Sound and Smell of water


They might not like the smell of water. Cats can smell the chemicals in tap water much more acutely than humans can. Some cats don't even like to drink tap water because of their sensitivity to its odor.
Movement and sound of running water might also scare away the cat.

10. They simply don't enjoy it.


Like everything else in your cat’s world, water is fine — as long as it’s on her own terms.

11.Exhaustion


While domestic cats can swim, they are generally reluctant to enter water as it can quickly lead to exhaustion.

Cat Breeds who are not afraid of water and Enjoy playing in water


Here are some famous cat breeds who enjoy water.One look on YouTube and you’ll find that there are cats out there that actually enjoy a splash around from time to time.

• Bengal
• Turkish Vans - are enthusiastic swimmers and are nicknamed the ‘swimming cat’ for their love of playing in water
• Savannah
• Abyssinian
• Maine Coons - are robust, excellent climbers and they’re also completely fascinated with water.
• American Shorthair
• Turkish Angora
• American Bobtail

How to make cats not afraid of water


You could use below steps, if you are having trouble with giving bath to your cat, as it is afraid of water.

1. Introduce your cat to the water when they are still a kitten, so they can get accustomed to bathing. Acclimate her to the sink or tub weeks before you bathe her. Put them in the sink or tub with their favorite toys. Place her in the space with toys, catnip or treats so that she makes positive associations with the location.

2.Allow her to play in the water.

3.Use minimal restraint - Use the least amount of restraint necessary to keep your cat in the tub.

4.Avoid unnecessary noises

 

 

Popular posts from this blog

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 ca