Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Snake bite season

Thursday, September 24, 2015

As the weather warms up the danger of our cats finding a snake in the bush around our Canberra suburbs increases.

At first the snakes are slow and easy to catch, but they are also full of venom. If your cats wander away from your yard they may find a snake and attempt to bring it home for you. Usually early in the season cats are faster than snakes and avoid getting bitten. However, every year we see a few cats who don't move fast enough.

A big dose of venom may cause collapse, drooling, trembling, disorientation, dilated pupils and/or vomiting. Some cats appear to recover and then collapse again.

If you suspect your cat has just been bitten do not hesitate to phone us or the Animal Emergency Centre immediately and come straight in. 

A cat who appears to be drunk or who cannot move at all may have been bitten by a snake some hours or even a day before. They are like 'floppy dolls' and often talk more than usual.It is still important to get your cat to a vet as soon as possible.

The treatment is antivenom, pain relief, intravenous fluids and whatever supportive care is necessary. The majority of cats survive.

The best prevention is keeping your cat indoors.


Search Blog

Recent Posts


roundworm old cat kidney panleukopaenia tick lump yowling microchip grooming dental treatment sense of smell blindness arthritis allergy lilies award face rub cat heaing thirsty spray FORLS advantage meows a lot New Year's Eve change hypertension cat containment annual check blood pressure introductions skinny itchy urinating vet visit anaemia pill snakebite mouth breathing outdoor cat poisoning foreign body bed panleukopenia hiding senses new kitten cough sick cat cancer polish checkup stress pica when to go to vet competition holes in teeth visit feline herpesvirus tooth obesity mass breathing difficult not eating stiff pet insurance blind cognitive dysfunction cat worms eye salivation jumping diarrhoea enclosure worming lily weight headache obese restless wool on heat feliway inflammatory bowel disease physical activity hungry castration constipation lilly sneeze ribbon client night abscess flu love toxins behaviour tapeworm christmas hunched over thiamine deficiency skin drinking more biopsy decision to euthanase virus antiviral liver examination gasping carrier dementia diabetes strange behaviour signs of pain rolls hairball poisonous ACT herpesvirus fits prey spey kitten eye infection enemies wet litter best cat clinic vaccination runny nose exercise kittens sore eyes seizures litter box information night old comfortis spraying birthday scratching post allergy, furball prednisolone fluid pills thyroid bad breath sore ears hunting marking home moving introduce appetite food puzzles appointment heart disease flea treatment cryptococcosis pain cat friendly activity kidney disease whiskers high blood pressure AIDS stare into space snakes feline enteritis noisy breathing insulin cta fight blood test collapse feline AIDS urinating outside litter snuffle lick dental hyperthyroidism changed pet meat kidneys training groom kitten deaths kibble cat enclosure in season teeth paralysed vaccine snot bladder stones ulcerated nose aggressive fear lame intestine new cat fight paralysis petting cat house call scratching gifts calicivirus ulcers ulcer tumour hunter bump litter train xylitol hearing bite introduction blood grass corneal ulcer attack blood in urine touch sudden blindness cat enclosures renal disease pain killer desexing cat flu sun hospital nails massage cage holes poison paracetamol snake anxiety new year FIV introducing odour socialisation unsociable sucking wool fabric tradesmen furballs blockage skin cancer free wobbles home visit string panamax weight loss diuretics senior dilated pupils diet kitten play fleas chlamydia fireworks runny eyes sensitive stomach plaque poisonous plants brown snake panadol crytococcosus straining twitching vocal scratch sore blocked cat computer asthma dental check best vet weight control tartar urine spraying rash bladder return home overweight IBD urinating on curtains or carpet cat fight Canberra dymadon cat history rub Hill's Metabolic check-up joints drinking a lot off food open night painful eye ulcer mental health of cats hard faeces head mince pancreatitis cortisone euthanasia pet best clinic flea prevention sick permethrin rough play revolution learning tablet sensitive abscess,cat fight hyperactive heavy breathing antibiotics worms pred behaviour change health check hypertrophic cardiomyopathy blue African wild cat vomit holidays opening hours unwell breeder aspirin catoberfest paralysis tick eyes scale holiday nose scabs rigid head pain relief echocardiography adipokines body language snake bite hunters dry food pheromone enteritis indoor cats fat urine poisons plants panadeine desex aerokat depomedrol radioactive iodine urination hole cystitis slow mycoplasma cat behaviour Canberra Cat Vet cat vet fever open day photo competition conflict vomiting aggression toxic snuffles lymphoma best veterinarian goodbye vision cranky


A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions