My Cat Ate a Cricket Will He Get Sick?
Cats, whether indoor or outdoor, love to play with just about anything. When they see a string pulled across the floor, the temptation is too great not to pounce! The same goes for bugs such as crickets.
Have you ever watched crickets when they’re being chased? These bugs jump, run, and more in their attempt to stay alive. This is the very reason cats find crickets (and other insects) so tempting! Plus, some cats seem to relish those occasional crunch cricket snacks. But can a cat get sick from eating crickets?
What are Crickets?
Crickets are insects and come to find out there are over 900 species of these bugs around the world. The cricket family has relatives from lower Alaska all the way down to the tip of South America. That’s an extremely wide range.
Some people often mistake crickets for grasshoppers, which is normal especially considering these insects are distantly related. A cricket’s body is shaped like a cylinder, and they have rounded heads with long antennae. They also have very long, strong hind legs and thighs. Their color depends on the type of cricket; colors can range from black to tan, and more.
You may be wondering if crickets are toxic to cats. We’re happy to let you know they’re not; however, there are a couple of health issues crickets can cause cats.
Cat Health Issues & Crickets
So, that’s good news—crickets are not toxic to cats! Eating a live cricket every now and then shouldn’t cause a problem for your fur baby. However, crickets can cause:
Physaloptera spp: crickets, along with several other insects and small animals, may carry Physaloptera spp, which is a parasite. When a cat (or dog) is infected with this parasite, it can take days or months before symptoms appear. When a cat eats an infected cricket, the cricket can then pass the larvae onto the cat. The larvae then live in the cat’s gut where they become adults and repeat the life cycle of this parasite. Symptoms can include diarrhea and unrelenting vomiting.
Bowel obstruction: if a cat eats many crickets at a time, then it’s possible the exoskeletons of the bugs can become trapped in the stomach or the intestines. This can lead to bowel obstruction, which can be life-threatening. Symptoms of a bowel obstruction in cats include vomiting, pain, constipation, lethargy, lack of appetite/drinking, weight loss, drooling, lip smacking, swallowing. If you notice these symptoms, it’s time to call the vet immediately.
Summing It Up
For the most part, if your cat eats a couple of crickets every so often, she should be OK. It’s always a good idea to monitor your cat’s health every day. You may not be aware of what she’s been eating. Paying attention to her wellbeing each day will give you early notice there could be a problem. It’s always necessary to call the vet right away if you notice your cat experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above.