Big Cuterebra Removed From Kitten’s Neck

In this new video here you will see huge Cuterebra that was removed from a cat and was occupying a very large proportion of its neck.

So when being removed, the vet tech had to use the assistance of her friend to immobilize the cat and just not let her move a little, and if it did,

it will likely cause even greater injeries for her. The procedure of the removal was quiet rapid and it was pulled out the safest way.

Cuterebra, also known as botfly larvae, are parasites that can infest mammals, including cats. They lay their eggs near the entrances to burrows or on vegetation. When the eggs come into contact with a warm-blooded host, such as a cat, they hatch into larvae that then enter the host’s body through natural openings, like the nose or mouth. Once inside, the larvae migrate through the host’s tissues, often forming visible lumps or abscesses.

It’s crucial to remove Cuterebra larvae as soon as they’re discovered, as they can cause discomfort, infection, and other health issues for the affected animal. Removing a Cuterebra larva requires great care to prevent harming the host.

If you encounter a situation where a kitten or any animal has a Cuterebra larva, it’s recommended to follow these steps:

  1. Gather Supplies: You will need a pair of clean, fine-tipped tweezers, warm water, mild soap, and antiseptic solution.
  2. Restrain the Kitten: Gently restrain the kitten, ensuring that it feels safe and comfortable.
  3. Inspect the Larva: Carefully examine the larva’s location on the kitten’s neck to determine its size, location, and how deeply it’s embedded.
  4. Remove the Larva: Using the tweezers, grasp the larva gently but firmly at its posterior end (the end furthest from the head). Slowly and steadily pull the larva out. Avoid squeezing or crushing the larva, as this could release harmful substances.
  5. Clean the Area: After removing the larva, clean the area with warm water and mild soap. Then, apply an antiseptic solution to prevent infection.
  6. Monitor the Kitten: Keep an eye on the kitten for any signs of infection, discomfort, or further complications. If you notice any concerning symptoms, contact a veterinarian.
  7. Preventative Measures: To prevent future infestations, keep your kitten indoors, and regularly check its fur for any signs of parasites or other issues.