Bees, wasp, spiders, centipedes and other flying insects bite and sting cats. Most bites occur on the face which swells and is painful. Occasionally the paws are affected. Most bites go unnoticed and heal on their own. Others may irritate the skin resulting in a local infection or advance into a red, raw, oozing lesion. Cats occasionally develop an allergic skin reaction to a mosquito bite called Mosquito Bite Hypersensivity. The face, ear tips and nose are the most common sites affected. Occasionally the foot pads are involved. Cats traumatized themselves by violently itching which causes severe raw, crusty, scaling lesions to develop.
Mosquito Bite Hypersensivity mimics several serious skin conditions including cancer in cats. A skin biopsy in which a piece of tissue is removed and examined microscopically is necessary to confirm the diagnosis.
Most lesions resolve in about 1 week if mosquitos are avoided
Topical medication to reduce skin irritation promotes healing and reduces discomfort.
Diagnosis is usually based on signs and season of the year (mosquito season) and in severe cases, biopsy results.
A topical compress soaked in a Calendula Infusion is soothing for minor bites and stings.
A poltice applied topically with 1 Teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a few drops of water makes a paste that neutralizes venom from bee stings.
Limit mosquito exposure
Keep cats inside especially early in the morning and late at night when mosquitos are most active.