Cats and Poisons


Cats and Poisons


Poisoning in cats has been often dangerous and fatal. Even though some forms of poisoning in cats can end as a short episode of vomiting or diarrhea, a significant percent of toxicosis has deadly consequences. For that reason, we, as cat owners, should be aware of the presence of potentially dangerous substances in our home and cat’s reactions to poisons. Our modern homes are full of hazardous items such as medications, household cleaners, plants, insecticides, fertilizers, and even human foods. Feline experts recommend to remove household chemicals, insecticides, fertilizers, and medication and keep them out of the cat’s reach. They advise us to store them at the safe place and make our home less hazardous to cats. A great danger for cats comes from plants. Namely, there are many plants that are poisonous to cats. The most dangerous plants are rhododendrons, tulips, dieffenbachias, lilies, foxgloves, etc. The best way to prevent cats from poisoning by chewing dangerous plants is to keep ourselves well informed about the plants we tend to grow at home. However, poisoning can appear even if we do everything to prevent it. A huge number of cats, especially outdoors, can ingest rodenticides, lawn insecticides, or some other poison, such as antifreeze, and becomes ill. In that case, an immediate vet visit is crucial to saving a cat. But, to act quickly, we need to recognize the symptoms of a poisoned cat. For that purpose, the article “Poisoning in Cats – Common Causes, Symptoms & Treatment” gives us the list of symptoms.

Cats and Poisons

– Anorexia (loss of appetite)

– Muscle twitching/tremors

– Abdominal pain

– Change in behaviour, anxiety, excitability etc

– Ataxia (loss of coordination)

– Vomiting, possibly with blood

– Diarrhea, possibly with blood

– Increased salivation

– Increased heart and respiratory rate

– Fever

– Seizures

– Loss of consciousness

Cats can also ingest poisons through grooming their coats. When poison spreads across the cat’s fur, feline experts suggest to remove it carefully before rinsing the cat’s coat. Namely, cats can absorb toxins through the skin during the rinsing, thus making the whole thing worse. Feline experts also do not recommend to force a cat to vomit, if we do not consult a vet. In any case, if symptoms appear, emergency vet care is the best possible way to save our precious furry friend.

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