Close call prompts snake warning in Success

Nikita MIgnacca with pet cat Pepsi, who survived a snake bite. Picture: Matt Jelonek        d445255
Nikita MIgnacca with pet cat Pepsi, who survived a snake bite. Picture: Matt Jelonek        d445255

A SUCCESS family has forked out more than $3500 on vet bills after its cat was bitten by a snake.

One-year-old Pepsi is believed to have been bitten by an adult tiger snake while playing in the front yard about 4.30pm on October 15.

Owner Rose Mignacca said the cat’s eyes glazed over and the animal went limp.

The pet was rushed to the vet and is now on the road to recovery.

Australian Veterinary Association president Robert Johnson said snakes were becoming more active as the warmer weather put an end to their winter hibernation.

Dr Johnson said snake bites tended to occur in the late afternoon or early evening, but people should remain alert throughout the day.

“Dog owners should avoid snake-prone areas, particularly if they are walking their dog at the end of the day,” he said.

Australian Veterinary Association – Signs of a snake bite in cats and dogs include:

Sudden weakness followed by collapse

A bleeding puncture wound

Swelling in the bitten area

Pain and discomfort

Neurological signs such as twitching, drooling and shaking

Vomiting

Loss of bladder and bowel control

Dilated pupils

Paralysis