Cat Health, My Cats

Cats and Wasp Stings

I had never given much thought to my cats coming in contact with a wasp until this summer when one happened to sneak indoors.


I had just put them into the closed in porch when I noticed Teddy and Mookie jumping at the window. A wasp was crawling up the glass on the inside.  I chased the cats back into the house, caught the wasp in a jar and set him free outdoors.

I checked the cats over for any signs of a sting, but saw none. Cats are curious and will go after a wasp or any insect with their nose or paws.  If they had been stung, these areas would have been swollen and tender, causing them to cry out in pain.

VCA Hospitals suggests applying an ice pack to the area to reduce swelling.  A thick paste of baking soda and water can also be applied to the area.  If you have any concerns you should call the vet for advice.

Some cats are allergic to wasp stings.  If they are showing signs of hives, trouble breathing, vomiting, get them to the vet immediately. This can be life threatening.  

Since that day I check the porch each time I let them out.  I don’t want to take any chances.


4 thoughts on “Cats and Wasp Stings”

  1. I’ve been told by vets that Benedryl is safe to give cats. The size of the dose for such a small animal is problematic, so checking with your vet to make sure this is accurate advice is still the best option ! Then you would know what to keep on hand.

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  2. I had several cats in the past get stung by bees or wasps when they were outside. I took th;em to the vet and I think, but I am not sure, they got a steroid shot. No ill effects but they avoided bees and wasps whenever they saw one nearby! Sometimes one will fly in through the window entrance to the catio, and I quickly dispatch it

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