It is prime breeding season for spiders in Perth, so it’s important to understand the risk that spiders pose to not only your family but your furry friends as well and also set up a plan for spider control in the coming months.
Our cats absolutely love to eat spiders. The first time this ever happened, I had looked over to see one of my cats playing with a Huntsman. By the time I returned with a sheet of card, a glass, one eye open and a trembling hand ready to capture the critter and throw him outside, I noticed he was gone. Could it be possible that my cat ate a Huntsman? I spent the next few hours googling (can cats die from eating spiders?) and monitoring my cat (who looked quite satisfied). The end result was that everything was ok and at least I didn’t have to go near the Huntsman.
My obsessive googling revealed this:; if your cat eats a spider, even a venomous spider, there is little to no risk. A quick call to the vet reassured me that everything should be fine, but just to simply monitor him over the next few hours. If he started panting – which is not really a characteristic in cats – I should rush him to the vet. But he continued looking pretty pleased with himself and since it’s Day Three after THE Huntsman incident, I assume everything is fine.
The same also goes for dogs, as a venomous spider in the digestive system would have its venom neutralized by acid and be of little to no risk.
A spider bite, on the other hand, can be a different story. Depending on the thickness of your pets fur, a spider bite would have to penetrate the skin in order to affect it. If your pet has been bitten, note or capture the spider so that it can be correctly identified and appropriate treatment given to your pet. If in doubt, call your vet immediately but in the meantime, watch for the following signs even if you’re unsure if your pet has been bitten:
- trouble breathing
- inability to stand (test your pet by picking it up and putting it back down)