CAN CATS DRINK ALCOHOL?

After a long week all you need is to sit back and decompress. You may sip on some wine or drink a beer, whatever you prefer, to unwind. You set your drink down for a second and next thing you know your cat is drinking out of your glass! What do you do now? What can happen to your cat?

Is Alcohol Dangerous for Cats?

You cannot anticipate every possible pet-proofing scenario, whether you’re just chilling by yourself at home or hosting a gathering. Accidents like your cat drinking some unattended alcohol can happen. Should you be worried?

The answer is yes, alcohol and pets are a dangerous combination. Cats and dogs are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of alcohol since their bodies are significantly smaller than their human counterparts. Alcohol in small doses can even be lethal. This precaution applies to all types of alcohol; wine, beer, or even a mixed drink. In any circumstance, do not give alcohol to your cat. Secure all alcohol in a safe place that your cat cannot get to.

What are the Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning in Cats?

Indications of feline alcohol poisoning are like human alcohol poisoning. On the mild side, an upset stomach is a possibility. Stumbling, nausea, vomiting, or deliriousness may also occur. Other signs of alcohol toxicity include:

Increased thirst

Lethargy

Disorientation

Tremors in the muscles

Paralysis

Breathing that is both sluggish and shallow

Seizures

Absence of awareness

Why is Alcohol Poisonous to My Cat?

Most types of alcohol contain ethanol and grain, which are toxic to cats. Alcohol poisoning can occur when your cat ingests just 1 teaspoon. When ingested, your cat’s kidneys and liver will work to get rid of the poison. But if they ingest too much, their kidneys and liver can get overworked. Much like humans, alcohol poisoning is more prevalent when your cat’s stomach is empty of food. Alcohol based cleaning products, mouthwash, or hand sanitizer could also have adverse effects.

What Should I Do if My Cat Drinks Alcohol?

Time is of the essence if you suspect your cat drank alcohol or if they are showing any clinical signs of poisoning. Immediately call your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline for assistance. Pet alcohol poisoning can be rare, but accidents do happen so always be aware. Your vet will assess your cat and administer IV fluids and any other medications. Typically, your cat should be able to recover from alcohol poisoning but the best thing to do is bring your cat in for a clinic visit.

Call Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 if you believe your cat has been poisoned by alcohol. Timing is crucial for your beloved cat when dealing with alcohol poisoning.