If your cat is a busy hunter, It may happen that it eats a bug. Maybe a fly or a spider or something you can’t even identify. This is pretty normal behaviour for cats. Our little house cats are still instinctive hunters and sometimes a bug will become its pray. Some cats will only hunt it, kill it and leave it at your window sill. But sometimes your cat will eat the insect whole.
Is it harmful for a cat to eat a bug?
Most of the time, it can do no harm. A regular fly, worm, moth, butterfly, ladybug or spider, is no problem for cats. These insects are not poisonous and the cat will has no problem digesting it.
How to recognize if a bug is poisonous for your cat
If your cat has eaten a bug and you want to know if it is poisonous, try to identify the bug. If you know what bug or spider it is, you can easily research if it is poisonous or has venom. It is important to watch how your cat reacts. If your cat has trouble breathing, has a lot of saliva near its mouth or nose, or acts strange or unhealthy in any way, it is important that you contact a vet right away. Give any information about what kind of bug it is and at what time the cat ate the bug to your vet.
Other health risks with insects and bugs
In most cases, the bug that the cat has eaten, was not poisonous for a cat. But you should still take some measures to ensure the cat stays healthy. Worms, bees and spiders can all contain parasites that CAN be harmful for your cat. Eating a bee that is infected with a intestinal parasite, can infect your cat as well. So be sure to get a parasitic prevention plan from your vet to eliminate this risk.
How to stop a cat from chasing and eating bugs
Maybe you do not like that your cat is trying to snack on a tasty bug. There is not much you can do about it. Cats love to chase smaller animals and bug, so you not liking it, is not going to change that.
The best way to prevent your cat from chasing bugs is to place screens in your windows and regularly clear to prevent bugs from entering your house. For a cat, it is good fun and some healthy exercise, so try not to worry about it to much and let your little living room tiger do some bug hunting!If you like this then you should also check out: