Kitten Gets Debugged! Huge Insect Pulled From Nose

The pain of this poor kitty is matched only by the relief of being rid of it.

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Don't worry, kitty, it will be over soon. Via Nebraska Humane Society/Facebook
Anastasia Thrift

Warning: Watch the below video only if you are prepared to wince. A video going viral on Facebook shows a kitten whose little nose was occupied by a bug nearly the size of a AA battery. And apparently it’s common enough a problem to happen twice in one week.

A tiny tortoiseshell kitten helped out by the Nebraska Humane Society had a massive bug inside the nasal cavity, and NHS posted a video of the procedure to remove it on its Facebook page Tuesday. This is, apparently, Cuterebra larvae season, and the growth of this “bug fly” larvae inside noses isn’t that uncommon.

Cuterebra Season at NHSNOTE: This video may be too graphic for some– viewer discretion is advised.

It’s cuterebra season here at NHS and last week we had a little dilute tortie/white kitten come in with one of these perpetrators in an unusual place. Watch as our shelter veterinarian, Dr. Farrington, works to extract the cuterebra!

To find out more information about cuterebra and the kitten please visit our website:

P.S. That’s a whiny puppy in the background, the kitten was a champ!

Posted by Nebraska Humane Society on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The little kitten in the first video was clearly in distress. Notice the massive swelling in the left nostril. When the shelter’s staff vet steps in, however, the tortie is granted sweet, sweet relief. WHEW.

If that emotional roller coaster wasn’t enough for you, turn to the next video that came out only yesterday of the SAME THING happening to another kitten. NHS put up a page on exactly what is befalling these tiny cuties.

Second cuterebra removedWe’re seeing double! Led by Dr. Burbach, the medical team at NHS removed another cuterebra from a kitten’s nose today. This kitty will be just fine. Learn more about cuterebras here:

Note: This video may too graphic for some – viewer discretion advised.

Posted by Nebraska Humane Society on Thursday, July 21, 2016

For more on Cuterebra larvae and how to avoid them, visit NHS.

For less on Cuterebra larvae, watch this skateboarding cat instead.

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  • While I’m glad they got help, I think these poor little kittens should have been sedated as they were obviously in lots of pain and distress.

    J H July 23, 2016 6:48 am Reply
    • I agree… Poor kitten!!!

      Toni July 23, 2016 8:11 am Reply
    • Im glad to see that they were relieved of the discomfort, but why weren’t they given a lite sedative to ease some of the stress and pain?

      Loren July 23, 2016 7:09 pm Reply
    • For those who are saying the kittens should have been sedated, you must understand that sedation carries its own risks. Cats are especially sensitive to anesthetic. The procedure was done fairly quickly so they decided most likely the benefits of doing it fast outweighed putting the kitties under. Plus, we don’t know, the kitten might have had at least a painkiller prior to the procedure.

      LadyAna July 24, 2016 8:02 pm Reply
  • Glad to see the picture of the 1st one after recovery!

    Jill Hoskins July 23, 2016 7:09 am Reply
  • Humane society?…. Nothing humane about doing that without some level of sedation or pain relief. The poor things were obviously suffering before and after pulling the bug out.

    Jo July 23, 2016 8:04 am Reply
    • go sedate yourself around head area you moron, i’ll buy you a fancy coffin after

      areo July 23, 2016 11:51 am Reply
    • I AGREE!

      Monica Kennedy July 23, 2016 1:28 pm Reply

      Monica Kennedy July 23, 2016 1:30 pm Reply
    • That is true it was nothing humane about that

      Tanner July 24, 2016 7:58 pm Reply
    • I had a really sweet little kitten, that had to be sedated for a procedure. She started having uncontrolable seizures, shortly afterwards. About a week later, she was completely paralyzed from having too many seizures. Sadly, I had to have my sweet little Sasha Boo put to sleep. It was very heart wrenching, to watch her little body wracked by the seizures! The discomfort this little kitten experienced during the worm-extraction procedure, was probably like that of having a pimple squeezed…..yeah, it was uncomfortable at the time, but it would have very little to no lasting effect.

      Sherry August 2, 2016 10:41 pm Reply
  • Is there a reason why the kittens could not be sedated for the procedure? It seems a little ghastly to have them awake and in such obvious pain. Just asking, I don’t know the ins & outs of such things.

    Sylvia July 23, 2016 8:25 am Reply
  • It is very dangerous to sedate kittens. Just like for humans, there is always a risk of complications from going under and for such a relatively simple procedure with such low risk, it would not be worth it to sedate the kittens. They generally only use sedation for surgery

    Robin July 23, 2016 8:34 am Reply
  • I have never seen such a gross bug to get in the nose. Poor lil ones, good the vets could fix this.

    Candy Reser July 23, 2016 10:45 am Reply
  • To all the people worried about sedation, do some research on cats and anesthesia, they don’t do so well, and the smaller the cat the higher the risk of death. Instead of accusing the HS of not being humane, think about the fact that the services were provided under the supervision of a vet (and paid for by HS) and thus, were done as they needed to be. Easy to judge when you know so little.

    Katie B July 23, 2016 10:50 am Reply
  • Those larvae are so common this time of year. I’ve never seen one in a cat’s nostril though. The ones I’ve seen are usually embedded just under the skin on their head or neck. My Dad used to remove the larvae from the kittens. I had a vet remove one also and no sedation was used. The whole procedure is rather quick. This poor kitten, I’m glad they got some help. It’s amazing how quickly the wound will heal.

    Nancy L July 23, 2016 2:11 pm Reply
  • How do they get that in their nostril?outdoor cat I presume.

    rosita July 23, 2016 3:42 pm Reply
  • I work in a veterinarian hospital. I’m assuming these kittens didn’t have anesthesia due to their age and weight. Felines are tricky to anesthetise anyway and the risk of them being put under vs the very small amount of time it took to pull the bugs out, it was to their advantage to NOT be put under sedation. Well, that’s just my opinion and I’m stickin to it, but I could be completely wrong. It just made sense to me so I’ll go with it.

    Trina K July 23, 2016 10:31 pm Reply
  • I love you kitties!! 🙂 Sorry for this happened to you and Thank God for the help they got to heal and recover!

    Lesvia July 25, 2016 2:44 pm Reply
  • That was a huge bug stuck up the kitten’s tender nasal cavity! What kind of larva is it that these kittens somehow tackle with? Does this bug grow bigger while locked in there or is this an incident that happens at the moment? I agree that anesthesia is a very dangerous and unpredictable mix on one so young. I am glad that this kitty was rescued just in time!

    Nancy J. Olds August 2, 2016 8:25 am Reply
  • Holy crap! That poor baby. Thank you for helping her, and the other kitty.
    Fingers crossed that they both get the loving homes they deserve <3

    And, my husband is a vet tech. He does agree, as painful as it looks, it's better to get it over quickly rather than anesthetize them. Cats can be tricky, and this is just a baby. I can imagine how the techs in the videos feel.

    KatWrangler August 2, 2016 11:04 am Reply
  • Goodness I am glad I am an inside kitty

    Timmy August 2, 2016 3:01 pm Reply
  • I was watching a show where they took a similar kind of bug out of the back of a baby monkey’s neck. The thing was a good six inches long. Ugh! Reminds me of the bot fly larvae we used to comb out of our horses’ coats or the ones we got on our toes in Peace Corps. It’s such a relief when they come out.

    Paula Stiles August 2, 2016 9:51 pm Reply
  • I am currently fostering a kitten who had a cuterebra larva pulled from its left nostril last week. These things are very soft and pliable like a big grub worm. This particular kitten was emaciated and suffering from an upper respiratory infection. It took less than 30 seconds to remove the cuterebra. This kit had lost so much weight that he was not a candidate for an anaesthetic. Also, it did not appear to be particularly painful to the kitten. It was the relief that followed that was palpable!!!

    Jannie Ledergerber August 3, 2016 7:47 am Reply
  • I agree, poor kitties. Thank goodness they got that awful bug out and the kitties are now able to heal

    Joyce August 3, 2016 8:26 am Reply
  • Wow! That was really something! I have never seen anything like that before! Were these stray kittens? I was reading the article and until then I had absolutely no idea of what cuterebra were. And that is all the more reason I don’t let my two out at all! My first cat was killed six years ago by a car. I know that Nebraska is nothing like New York, but from seeing these two videos, that doesn’t mean you can let your pets roam either.
    I know those kittens felt a huge sigh of relief when they had those things pulled from their noses. Although I keep my cats indoors and always have since they were kittens, this was a great education for me. And I keep the carpet in my bedroom vacuumed and shampooed because we track all kinds of dirt all kinds of little critters can attach themselves to our clothing when we’re out.
    I think those Nebraska vets did a damn good job! Keep up the good work!

    Bryan August 17, 2016 10:25 am Reply

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