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#1 kadoodle

Posted 25 February 2020 - 11:13 AM

A baby brown snake got into my laundry today, and unfortunately gargoyle cat found it before I did. The snake’s dead, but gargoyle has gone under the house into a spot that I can’t haul him out from. He’s not coming out for food, and I have no idea if he’s been bitten, or how badly.

DH suggested turning the hose on him to get him out, but I really don’t want to do that. Any other suggestions? Or do I just wait it out?

#2 Ozquoll

Posted 25 February 2020 - 11:18 AM

Light some newspaper and fan the smoke under the house? 🤔. Poor gargoyle - I hope he hasn't been bitten 😟

#3 Bono25

Posted 25 February 2020 - 11:22 AM

Hate to say it, but the hose might be the only way, unless you want to wait and see??

Or send a kid under there to pull him out if you don't fit?

#4 lozoodle

Posted 25 February 2020 - 11:28 AM

My 15yo cat threw up a baby brown snake onto my kitchen bench the other day, it was in tact except for its head which she'd done a good job of mangling. She was fine, not sure if she got bitten but she did have a big swollen paw for a day or so.

She used to get them all the time when she was younger, I thought she'd well and truly outgrown the fascination in her older years.

I hope your cat is ok! In this instance I would hose him out too. You'll feel better once you're able to see how he is.

Edited by lozoodle, 25 February 2020 - 11:31 AM.


#5 CrankyM

Posted 25 February 2020 - 11:45 AM

I'd hose him out. I hope poor Gargoyle is ok. He'll probably be p*ssed if he's OK but better to know he's ok or if he needs a trip to the vet.

#6 Paddlepop

Posted 25 February 2020 - 12:00 PM

Better for him to be wet and angry than sick. Hope he’s okay and didn’t get bitten.

#7 born.a.girl

Posted 25 February 2020 - 12:08 PM

Hose.  Sometimes needs must.


Hope he's o.k.

#8 Silly Old Elf

Posted 25 February 2020 - 12:16 PM

I agree he needs to get out to be checked, but the adrenaline rush and exuberance may cause the venom to spread quicker.
I don’t really know cats, but is Gargoyle hiding normal, or has he gone somewhere quiet because he has been bitten and feeling unwell? I hope he comes out soon.

#9 kadoodle

Posted 25 February 2020 - 12:31 PM

Hiding isn’t normal. The hose didn’t work. He’s between the floor bearers and my reach just isn’t quite long enough.

#10 Paddlepop

Posted 25 February 2020 - 12:35 PM

Poke him with a broom or rake handle?

Sounds like he was bitten. If DS1 is taller than you I’d honestly consider going to school to get him so he can reach Gargoyle. If the worst has happened then he’ll probably want to be with him.

#11 Thylacine

Posted 25 February 2020 - 12:37 PM

Don't wait it out. If he has been bitten he will lose his movement in his back legs. Get him out now and keep an eye on him. As soon as you notice any loss of mobility, rush him to the vet. The sooner you get there  the more likely they are to be able to save him (and if it means they use less of the antivenen then it will be cheaper too)

If it was just a baby then it's fangs might not have been able to get through the cat's fur, so fingers crossed he hasn't been bitten

I grew up on a farm and had several pets bitten by brown snakes

#12 rainycat

Posted 25 February 2020 - 12:40 PM

That’s a worry, it does sound like he may have been bitten. Any friends/ neighbours around that are taller and can help you?  I hope he comes out soon.

#13 Silly Old Elf

Posted 25 February 2020 - 12:42 PM

I wouldn’t wait, just get him to the vet. Better to be there than home waiting to see if he has been bitten.
Course you need to reach him first. Good luck.

#14 kadoodle

Posted 25 February 2020 - 12:43 PM

Got him! Managed to get a possum catcher around his neck and pull him out. On our way to the vet now.

#15 Paddlepop

Posted 25 February 2020 - 12:45 PM

A possum catcher?!

Glad that you’ve got him. I hope he’s okay, and just sulking and not sick.

#16 rainycat

Posted 25 February 2020 - 12:47 PM

Great job, crossing everything he is okay. I love Gargoyle, he is fantastic.

#17 BECZ

Posted 25 February 2020 - 12:53 PM

Poor Gargoyle!  Hope he’s ok.

#18 born.a.girl

Posted 25 February 2020 - 12:54 PM

View Postkadoodle, on 25 February 2020 - 12:43 PM, said:

Got him! Managed to get a possum catcher around his neck and pull him out. On our way to the vet now.


Hooray!  Everything crossed for you.

#19 Jingleflea

Posted 25 February 2020 - 01:07 PM

Finger's crossed Gargoyle is ok.

#20 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 25 February 2020 - 01:07 PM

View Postkadoodle, on 25 February 2020 - 12:43 PM, said:

Got him! Managed to get a possum catcher around his neck and pull him out. On our way to the vet now.

well done! (and, of course you have a possum catcher handy, doesnt everyone? lol)

Good luck!

#21 hills mum bec

Posted 25 February 2020 - 01:13 PM

Fingers crossed for Gargoyle.

#22 Bono25

Posted 25 February 2020 - 01:16 PM

I hope he's ok.  Hopefully his bulk will help.

I'm so getting a possum catcher now...

#23 CrankyM

Posted 25 February 2020 - 02:02 PM

Fingers crossed he is ok.

#24 MooGuru

Posted 25 February 2020 - 02:09 PM

Fingers crossed.
More out of curiosity would a pool scoop thing work in that sort of scenario or would that have been a stupid suggestion?

#25 kadoodle

Posted 25 February 2020 - 02:16 PM

View PostMooGuru, on 25 February 2020 - 02:09 PM, said:

Fingers crossed.
More out of curiosity would a pool scoop thing work in that sort of scenario or would that have been a stupid suggestion?

I tried, but couldn’t get it into the gap he was hiding in.  I also tried poking him with the other end, but he just hissed like a gremlin and stayed put.

He’s at the vet overnight with fluids and antivenin, but the vet says he’s “optimistic” and cats respond well to treatment for snakebites.




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