|Purred: Tue Oct 11, '11 5:58am PST |
|Two instances: (1) Our cat Maya was once stung on the head by a wasp probably, though I didn't see it. I'm not sure of the time lag, but it couldn't have been more than an hour. She had swelling, and because of that, I got nervous and gave her a quarter of a benadryl tablet. It was for humans, but I thought this would not be a bad thing. I didn't have access to the internet back then, and the vet would have been a 45 minute drive. Anyway, within minutes it seemed like, the swelling started to go down and she seemed good.
(2)When we took in the two kittens Sleeper and Samhain, I started reading up on all sorts of things, including first aid for bee stings. Apparently what I had done for Maya was OK, though the books and Net suggested baby benadryl (can't remember the generic name at the moment) in liquid form - on the nets they give dosage according to weight. However, when the time came, it was Samhain and she had almost no reaction at all. I only noticed later that she might have been stung because I saw two small welts on her chin under her mouth - they looked very much like a mosquito bite on a human. But she's short-haired, and especially on her head it's easy to see her skin. Otherwise I probably never would have seen them at all.
Anyway, despite what the vet said, they may be just covering their a--, my bet is that if you didn't see a fairly quick reaction, then he isn't going to have one, even if he was stung.
Oh, and we once had a cat who was bitten on the head by a rattlesnake and survived! The vet gave her steroids. That was a shocker, let me tell you!
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