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How Can I Tell If My Cat Has Been Poisoned

Cats are not frequently affected by poisoning, but it can occur. Our Cumming team is dedicated to assisting you in recognizing harmful substances in and around your home, as well as proving guidance on what steps to take if your feline friend has fallen victim to poisoning.

Cat Poisoning

Cats are known for their petite physique, making them susceptible to severe illness from even minute amounts of toxic substances. Grooming is a favorite pastime for cats, but it can also lead to poisoning if they ingest harmful substances present on their fur. Unlike dogs, cats are picky eaters and are unlikely to consume poisonous food unless it's disguised in their meals. As a precaution, it's crucial to exercise caution when setting out traps or poison to control rodents, as a cat's ingestion of a poisoned mouse could prove fatal.

Household Substances That Are Poisonous To Cats

Having a cat as a pet comes with its own set of responsibilities. One important aspect of this is to ensure your feline friend's safety from toxic substances commonly found in households.

A vast array of everyday items can prove to be hazardous to cats, and it's crucial to keep them out of reach. To prevent any accidental ingestion, it's advisable to store these items securely and always consult your veterinarian before administering any medication to your cat.

  • Antifreeze 
  • Bleach
  • Weed killers
  • Pest control chemicals
  • Disinfectants
  • Detergent 
  • Salt Lamps
  • Lilies
  • Ibuprofen (painkiller)
  • Acetaminophen  (painkiller)
  • Dog flea and tick medications
  • Spring flowering bulbs
  • Grapes
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Xylitol
  • Onions
  • Garlic

Signs & Symptoms of Cat Poisoning

Cats are highly susceptible to the toxic effects of various substances, and the manifestation of poisoning symptoms can vary depending on the type of substance and method of exposure (ingestion, inhalation, or skin contact). To help you identify if your feline friend has been poisoned, here are some of the most frequently observed signs:

  • Salivation / Drooling
  • Coughing
  • Diarrhea and Vomiting
  • Twitching or seizure
  • Breathing difficulties (rapid or labored)
  • Coma
  • Skin inflammation or swelling
  • Abdominal pain
  • Shock or collapse
  • Unsteady gait
  • Depression / Lethargy
  • Excessive drinking, urinating
  • Jaundice
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Overall weakness
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite

What To Do If Your Cat Shows Signs Of Poisoning

If you witness your feline ingesting a potentially harmful substance or exhibiting symptoms of poisoning, it's crucial to seek veterinary assistance right away. To facilitate a swift diagnosis, bring along as much relevant information about the substance as you can, such as the product label, a piece of the plant, or a sample of the food.

Diagnosis & Treatment of Poisoning in Cats

The diagnosis and treatment for your feline friend's poisoning will vary, based on the type of poison they have ingested. By providing as much information as possible to your veterinarian, you can ensure the best possible outcome for your pet. In cases where the cause of the poisoning is unknown, your vet may conduct a series of tests to determine the cause of illness.

Time is of the essence when it comes to treating a cat for poisoning. The quicker you act and seek veterinary care, the better the chances for a full recovery. The severity of the poisoning will also depend on the amount of the toxic substance consumed. Early treatment can make all the difference in ensuring a positive outcome for your furry friend.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is your cat displaying symptoms of poisoning, or have you seen your pet consuming a toxic substance? Contact our Cumming veterinary hospital right away.

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