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Leaking T - please help!

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by blckwidow75, Dec 3, 2004.

  1. blckwidow75

    blckwidow75 Arachnoknight Old Timer

    My cat knocked over two of my larger kritter keepers about 1/2 hour ago. My very favorite tarantula, my B. Emilia, was injured. If she doesn't make it, I don't know what I'm going to do. She is not leaking hemolymph from her abdomen, but she is leaking from two of her legs. I don't have a digital camera & I'm not sure if the amount she's leaked so far is considered a lot or not. It seems like a lot to me but that might be b/c I'm freaked out. I never really thought I would have to deal with this. I tried dabbing her with toilet tissue and I got out the cornstarch but after consulting the Tarantula Keeper's Guide, it sounded like the best thing to do was leave her alone. She is moving when prodded and I tried putting her near her water dish and she didn't want any. Has anyone had their tarantulas lose fluid and make it through??? I did a search and saw that someone else's T lost two legs and didn't even appear to be leaking and died anyway. I am so worried. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  2. fyic

    fyic Arachnoknight Old Timer

    I'm still new to all this but maybe this will help
    I have seen post about useing superglue
    don't know if it works but I guess it can't hurt
  3. That happened to my rosie...needless to say, I no longer have the cat. Anyway, the first thing you need to do is calm down and try to relax. Put your T in a warm ICU with only a damp paper towl on the bottom. Put some tissue on the legs that appear to be bleeding, set her in a quiet, dark place and leave her be as much as possible. The more you move her, the more stressed she'll get. If it's just her legs that got injured, she, by most accounts, should be fine. I've had this happen to Ts before and they've come through it just fine.
    Also, make certain that it is coming from the legs. The only reason I say this is because when our rosie took a 5 foot plunge in her glass tank...it appeared that she was leaking from her legs and abdomen, however, upon closer inspection, it turned out she was actually secreting venom and it was dripping down the side of her ICU container.
    Good luck and keep us posted.
  4. Dekejis

    Dekejis Arachnosquire Old Timer

    I've had that happen before. I had a young G. aureostriata that had a really hard molt once and when she finally shed the skin I noticed she was leaking from two legs. I dabbed a Q-tip on there and left her alone and she came out fine.
  5. PapaRoacher

    PapaRoacher Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Their legs are like pipes and valves... She'll seal off the leak on her own, but, just as a precaution, buy some "New Skin" from your local drugstore, and stray some into a cap, and dab it on the wounds with a Q-Tip...

    A similar incident occured with my G. Rosea a month or two back... One of my cats had pushed in the lid (He likes to sleep ontop of the aquarium) and the door hit the spider...

    Since then, finding a better solution to my problem that was better than getting rid of my cats was pretty simple, I put a Nintendo mousepad ontop of the aquarium with all four legs of the mouse pad on the edges so the lid won't get pushed in... Now my cats can come and go as they please with no danger...

    You might consider moving your Critter cages onto a higher hieght, or a tighter space, so a cat paw cannot wrap around them and knock them over... Try a bookshelf, or an Entertainment-center shelf... All my aquariums exept for the G. Rosea's are in really tight spaces, at most there is a centimeter of space on either side of the aquarium...


    Well... Back on topic, I think your leaking T will be fine, but still try and use that Liquid bandage...
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2004
  6. Scott C.

    Scott C. Arachnofloater Arachnosupporter

    Superglue works great in my experience. If you use it make sure you do not disturb the T at all until it molts because the glue is rigid and cannot bend. If the leak is not on a joint then you don't have to worry about that though. Good luck with the injured.
    Oh yeah... Lose the cat. Mammals suck. :)
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  7. PapaRoacher

    PapaRoacher Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Cats are awesome pets, dude...
  8. CIRE

    CIRE Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Last time I checked, only chimps and humans were able to type at a relatively proficient level...so that makes you a mammal dude...welcome to the club that SUCKS!
  9. becca81

    becca81 Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    Remember that tarantulas do not "clot" like humans do. If a leg is damaged beyond repair, the tarantula will likely release the leg and it will regenerate over the next few molts. Tarantulas have the ability to release a leg and "close up" the hole.
  10. blckwidow75

    blckwidow75 Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Thanks to everyone for the replies. She seems to be ok for now....knock on wood. I put cornstarch on the injured area this morning before I left for work and when I came home I placed her in a "warm ICU." Her one leg is pretty useless so I think the next hurdle will be the next molt. She hasn't dropped it though, I wonder why - ?? I was so happy to come home to find out she was still with us.
    Paparoacher - I have 3 10-gallon tanks on a 4 tier utility shelf and they seem to be too heavy for the cat to mess with. It's the plastic kritter keepers that are giving me problems. I will have to move them to the spare bedroom and keep the door shut when I'm not home. Or I could get a higher shelf.
    I really don't blame the cat; he has warned me enough that he planned to do his best to knock them over. I thought using the spray bottle enough on him would train him not to go over there. yeah right - - :worship:
    Well thank you for easing my worries guys. I'll update the thread with any news.
  11. Randy

    Randy Arachnolord Old Timer

    if its not leaking at on the abdomen, you dont have to worry too much, my obt once fell onto it water dish and the edge was a little sharp(i've replaced it with another) so it started to bleed. by night time, when i went to chek on it, it has already pull off its leg and in fact eating it.. i am sure they know what to do ..
  12. Carmen

    Carmen Arachnopeon

    Mammals suck

    No one who does not value all of nature's wonderful creatures should own a T or any other pet. All living things are important and all life is a miracle.

    I am a retired vet tech & love them all.
  13. Dr Pies

    Dr Pies Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Does that include Centipedes too Carmen? I hate em..! eurgh! :eek:
  14. iluvspydrz

    iluvspydrz Arachnoknight

    i completely agree with you :D

    although.... humans do disappoint me sometimes
  15. Scott C.

    Scott C. Arachnofloater Arachnosupporter

    Ever swat a fly? How about flea treatment for those cats? Ant invasions? Hard to imagine not harming a single one. You eat meat?
    Oh well, guess I'll have to lose the T's since I clearly don't care enough to disregard personal preference. :rolleyes:
    Fare the well. :)
  16. Decapod73

    Decapod73 Arachnopeon

    I realize I'm on the wrong forum to be saying this, but you have very bizarre pet priorities.

    I'm sure it's entirely possible to secure tarantula housing such that other pets do not pose a risk.

    Edit: To the OP, I'm sorry about the accident and hope things work out! I know Ts can survive loss of a leg, so this shouldn't be a mortal injury.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2005
  17. Apocalypstick

    Apocalypstick Arachnodemon Old Timer

    Carmen...you can have all the mites and nematodes too.
    Oh, and tapeworms, heartworms, pinworms, and all other parasitic worms that feast on live animals and actually have no purpose other than to cause illness. You can have ticks, mosquitos, and TseTse flys that do nothing but spead disease. And you can have..... oh nevermind :mad:
  18. RazorRipley

    RazorRipley Arachnobaron Old Timer

    MAMMALS DO SUCK!! except for the Myrmecophaga giant anteater
  19. nissan480

    nissan480 Arachnoknight Old Timer

    mammals are companions,inverts are pets.

    here's a good example,id never run into my burning house to save my pede's,but i damn sure would for my dog.

    of course this is my opinion,and i feel sad for the people who have never had a "OLD YELLER".

    dogs and horses and such have developed a bond spanning over century's.dogs and horses are necessary tools,and companions,inverts are not.

    total thread hijack,my bad.i didnt think there were people who didnt understand the difference,whatever your "PET" choice.

    i hope your T is doing good

    again,just my opinion,that i think is 100% right.....LOL
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2006
  20. darkness

    darkness Arachnopeon


    Im agreeing with Scott my dogs get in my trash all the time I somtimes regreat getting them at all i guess ill have to lose my Ts to yo:mad: