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Discussion in 'The Cat Lounge' started by fuzzles, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. fuzzles

    fuzzles Thread Starter TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    Look what I just found my cat playing with in the office! OMG I have chills still running down my body.



    Luckily she didn't get stung by it. But I did have to throw her in the next room to keep her from playing with it while I went and found a shoe to hit it with. I hope there aren't more of them. I really dislike them even though I don't know what a sting feels like from one of them. The quarter is there for my sister. She wanted to know how big it was.
     
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  2. essayons89

    essayons89 TCS Member Top Cat

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  3. fuzzles

    fuzzles Thread Starter TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    Oh no! That's scary if it really is one of those. I just hope it doesn't have any more friends in the house or babies even. I just need to stop thinking about it :-/
     

  4. junior_j

    junior_j TCS Member Super Cat

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    Oh my goodness eeek.. i would have to run a mile if i saw that like for real lol , i cant deal withe bugs like that lol!
    Jess x
     

  5. essayons89

    essayons89 TCS Member Top Cat

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    Sounds like it would be a good idea to call an exterminator to inspect the house.
     

  6. addiebee

    addiebee TCS Member Top Cat

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    I would agree. You don't want to get stung, nor do you want that to happen to your cat!!!
     

  7. monaxlisa

    monaxlisa TCS Member Top Cat

    EEEEK!! Its official, I could never live in Texas.
     

  8. pee-cleaner

    pee-cleaner TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    My cats used to kill those ALL the time when we first moved into our newly built house (in Texas). Scorpions hide in the rolls of insulation during the building process, only to come out weeks/months later looking for water and food. My cats were never stung, and they killed 8-10 of them--usually during the night.

    I don't know if I'd go to the extreme of contaminating your (and your cat's) whole environment with neurotoxins in the offchance that there are a few more in the house.

    Good luck with the critters.

    Cally
     

  9. essayons89

    essayons89 TCS Member Top Cat

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    I don't think spraying is in order but it wouldn't hurt to get the home inspected.
     

  10. pami

    pami TCS Member Veteran

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    The only venomous scorpions known in Texas are the Stripeback Scorpions. If thats what that is, then heres some info on him.

    http://www.venombyte.com/venom/scorp...s_by_state.asp

     

  11. butzie

    butzie TCS Member Top Cat

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    How scary! Don't forget the rattlesnakes in many areas such as yours. Around here they hang out in garages when it is too hot.
     

  12. yosemite

    yosemite TCS Member Veteran

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    Give me the cold climate of Canada and no scorpions, rattle snakes, hurricanes, earthquakes or tornadoes (well the odd little tornado rolls through every blue moon). [​IMG]
     

  13. pee-cleaner

    pee-cleaner TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    I think the main problem or danger with the Texas scorpions like the one in the photo is if you happen to be someone who is allergic to the venom. My friend's son was stung twice on the leg within seconds this summer while at camp. Twelve hours on ice and some pain killer took care of the sting with no big problem. As much as it would hurt kitty (and that WOULD be upsetting), it would likely not be fatal.

    Cally
     

  14. othie

    othie TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    isn't that scarest thing? When I moved into my old house in southern utah (which we had built) I woke up the first night to find my cat batting at one in the corner of my room...I freaked out, I grabbed oliver and we slept in the living room lol and of course, I being the coward I am, I made my little brother take care of it, took me a week to feel safe in my room again
     

  15. strange_wings

    strange_wings TCS Member Top Cat

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    There's likely not anymore. This time of year one or two may find it's way inside looking for a place to stay for the winter. I've noticed they also do this when there's a drought and they're looking for water.


    They're nothing to worry about and as far as scorpions go, and are fairly docile - a female carrying her young won't even try to defend herself or young. The cat wasn't stung because they try to avoid wasting a sting on something that cannot eat. Wasted venom could mean that it might starve later.
    I've found several in the house over the years and have never killed them - there's no reason to. Instead I scoop them up and take them to a nice place outside where they will have cover - they'll only dehydrate and starve in the house.
    Unfortunately I've found one that was unlucky enough to have been found by the cats before me. They beat it to death. [​IMG]
     

  16. theimp98

    theimp98 TCS Member Top Cat

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    i think scorpions look coool,
    But i am glad your cat was not hurt at all.
     

  17. fuzzles

    fuzzles Thread Starter TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    It rained a little bit today for the first time in a few months it seems. I was thinking that's why they were on the move. I checked facebook this morning and my cousin that lives 2 hours away woke up to one crawling on her neck. Ewwww. She didn't get stung but it freaked her out. It would freak me out too! It's just a weird coincidence that we both saw one on the same day.
     

  18. essayons89

    essayons89 TCS Member Top Cat

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    Thanks for the info. I don't know much about scorpions...except that they make some good music. [​IMG]
     

  19. mrblanche

    mrblanche TCS Member Veteran

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    Pretty much all Americans live with rattlesnakes. In fact, they occur from southern Canada on south, with only Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, and Delaware not having any reported.
     

  20. fuzzles

    fuzzles Thread Starter TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    I actually didn't know that. I thought they were just a southern thing. Interesting!
     

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