She needed surgery to remove all the necrotic tissue R1.
I was bitten by one and it was horrible...5 days in the hospital and lots of i.v. drugs including leprosy medicine to stop the tissue from dying. The pain is awful.
Omg how awful lots of hugs to your cat keep us posted on her recovery
My cat had a bite that looked like that, but it was from another cat per my Vet. He had to have an IV antibiotic drip & have the bite flushed out & cleaned up. I hope he gets better soon OP.
OMG, I hope your cat is alright.
I spread organic diatomaceous earth around the perimeters of my rooms, and behind the stove and refrigerator. I also set off insect bombs in my storage shed and spread diatomaceous earth there.
My neighbor laughed at me, but two friends have been bitten by brown recluse spiders. One of them has no use of her right hand (she believes she was bitten when she removed some books from a storage closet). Although they were able to save her fingers, it was for cosmetic purposes.
Your poor cat, OP. I hope she recovers well.
Omg! Where did she encounter the spider? Is she an outdoor kitty?
I gave Kiki her pain meds about a half an hour ago and she's now sleeping. When she wakes up I'm going to give her her most favorite treat...canned cat food.
She has to wear an E collar, which she hates with a passion. I don't want her opening up that wound. I have to take her back to the vet on Saturday for a follow up.
I'm going to go get her some temptations treats tomorrow. She loves those.
I hope you find that spider and SMASH it!
So sorry, OP. I'm sure she is being well cared for by you.
My cats are all indoor cats so that means the little bastard is somewhere in my house! I'm going to have the house fogged to try and kill it but the bug guy says that rarely gets them because they hide in walls and crevasses. I've been looking for it though.
Get her a boo boo balloon instead of the ecollar. If you read the wiki on brown recluse, they rarely bite. Theres an anecdote of an infested house with thousands of spiders and none of the people were bitten in 30 years of coexisting with them.
R13, skip the fog and buy about ten pounds of organic diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle it in your closets and around the perimeters of your rooms. I made sure it was down between the carpeting and the floor. I also made sure the kitchen, baths and laundry room got well covered. They love to hide in dark areas.
Diatomaceous earth is not poisonous to you or your pets. It does a great job of killing spiders, roaches, bed bugs and fleas.
My cat was bitten by a brow recluse today he got meds and he still looks bad what should I do contact back asap
OP, how is your cat doing now over a year later ?
You should OBVIOUSLY turn to the DL for help in these matters, R16!
Emergency pet hospital, r16.
Why would you bump this thread? No one wants to see a deformed cat.
i hate bugs
R16, sounds like your cat has already seen the vet -- if you think it's getting worse, call your vet's emergency line, or keep an eye on the cat and call your vet the minute they open in the morning.
Until a few years ago I really had no idea how much damage a spider bit can do to living tissue. Like most folks, I was aware of scorpions, tarantulas, black widows but hadn't been aware that many of the little guys can really cost you a lot more than just some pain. Online info says that most of the them aren't much of a threat but I'll tell you, from now on I'm not giving them a chance to either.
What state do you live in? Curious where brown recluse spiders live...they have a nasty reputation like Black Widows.
It's probably from another cat or an infected tick bite.
Cats have a bacteria in their saliva that is toxic. If a cat bites a bird and the bird gets away, it will still die within 2 weeks, even if the bird looks like it is recovering. Unless the bird gets antibiotics ASAP, it's a goner.
And that is why cats get abscesses when they get into a contretemps with another cat. The toxin in their saliva causes an infection.
Ticks like the lone star tick can deliver a nasty bite that is very itchy. The cat scratches the bite with its un-disinfected paws and infects the bite. This happens to people, too (like me. I even disinfected and used triple antibiotic cream and still got a local skin infection. And lemme tell you, that tick was TINY. A little bigger than the head of a pin but it delivered a big nasty bite).
The location of the bite is where cats bite each other. Dogs go for the throat; cats go for behind the ears and the upper neck.They pin the other cat down and bite that area.
It just seems highly unlikely that a brown recluse spider would bite a cat, particularly in that area.
thanks to someone bumping this thread I am now going to buy that d.... whatever earth, stuff. Thanks.
Go away cat lady.
R25 is correct. Whats FAR more likely is that the vet just told OP her cat was bitten by the recluse spider so he could charge $$$$$$. Believe me, I used to work for one.
Poor little thing. :(
Oh I'm so sorry for your little one. I hope he/she is better very soon!!! I'll put all my good vibes into the ether for a speedy recovery.
OP, this is why I ask to be LEFT ALONE.
Brown recluse spiders love hoarders whose homes offer piles and piles of junk to hide .
Hoarders love cats.
Cats have an innate fascination with spiders.
This was bound to happen .