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Poisonous to: Cats

Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate

Common signs to watch for:

  • Profuse drooling
  • Gagging
  • Retching
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Redness to the eyes
  • Redness to the skin
  • Vomiting

During certain holidays, glow sticks and glow jewelry may be more readily available. These contain dibutyl phthalate (often nicknamed “DBP”) inside, which is the clear to yellow, oily liquid that has a very bitter taste. One bite can result in DBP leaking from the glo stick, and result in profuse drooling, gagging, and retching. DBP can also result in irritation to the skin and eyes, resulting in a burning or stinging sensation. As cats are fastidious groomers, they end up ingesting more and more as they clean the DBP off their fur and paws. While the chemical DBP itself isn’t very “toxic,” it can result in significant and dramatic signs.

If you think your dog or cat chewed into glow jewelry, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline for treatment advice.

Poison type: Household Items

Alternate names: Dibutyl phthalate, Halloween jewelry, glow-in-the-dark, costume, irritant, glow