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Cats and Scorpions

Cats aren’t immune to scorpion stings but are rarely stung.

If you live in an area that has scorpions, you probably know that it's important to do what you can to avoid their sting. But what about your cat? Is she immune to the sting of a scorpion?

Here's what you need to know about cats and scorpions.

Can Cats Be Injured by Scorpions?

Yes, cats can become ill or even be killed by scorpion stings, depending on the type of scorpion. However, it's not too common that this happens.

You will sometimes hear that cats are immune to scorpion stings, but that isn't the case. Rather, experts believe that cats notice scorpions easier than humans do, so they are less likely to accidentally step on them. Cats have very fast reflexes, as well, and their fur and thick skin can aid in blocking the scorpion's stinger, which isn't very long.

There are some sites on the internet that suggest a cat may develop pancreatitis secondary to scorpion stings, at a point in the future when it isn't likely to be associated with the sting, but most internal medicine specialists do not believe that this is likely.

If you believe your cat has been stung by a scorpion, take her to the veterinarian right away.

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