Can Flea Medicine Cause Seizures in Cats? 

Cats can encounter fleas and ticks from other animals and the outside environment. Diseases can spread from fleas and ticks and cause your cat harm or illness. Because of this, flea and tick medicines are highly encouraged for cat owners. But can flea and tick medicine cause seizures in cats? There is a small possibility that they can cause seizures, however it is very unlikely. Read on to learn more about flea medicine and its side effects. 

Potential Side Effects of Flea Medications 

There are dog- and cat-specific flea medications. Make sure you only use cat-specific flea medications for your cat, as they can experience adverse symptoms from dog-specific flea medications. When applying the medication, read the instructions thoroughly to make sure it is applied correctly. If your cat ingests the medicine, you should give them fresh water and wet food or tuna to mask the unpleasant taste. If you want to remove the product from their skin, give them a bath with liquid dish soap. 

Never apply Permethrin flea products because cats are extremely sensitive to them, which can lead to adverse reactions. If your cat exhibits symptoms such as tremors or seizures, take them to the veterinarian immediately for medical attention. 

Signs of Flea Medication Poisoning 

If you have applied a dog flea product to your cat or they have ingested one, they may experience negative side effects. Potential signs of poisoning include: 

  • Profuse drooling 
  • Vomiting 
  • Tremors 
  • Hyperexcitability 
  • Agitation 
  • Seizures 
  • Weakness 
  • Difficulty breathing 

Treatment for Flea Medication Poisoning  

As with many other medications, cats may experience various symptoms, including seizures.  Your cat’s reaction to new medication depends on their health history and any current medications. Take your cat to the veterinarian immediately if your cat exhibits any abnormal symptoms. The veterinarian may induce vomiting if your cat has consumed the product. If the medication is applied topically, your cat may be bathed. If they receive prompt medical care, your cat should recover. Call Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 if your veterinarian does not answer all your concerns.