Common Cat Poisons and Hazards 

Cat poisoning cases are uncommon, but certainly not impossible. As a cat owner, it pays to be prepared and knowing the potential hazards is key to keeping them safe. Cats are smaller in size, so ingestion of harmful substances can have adverse effects on them quickly. Cats are typically picky eaters, but groom themselves often, so they can ingest any harmful chemicals left on their fur they can be poisoned.  

Harmful Substances  

There could be products in your household that pose a serious risk to your feline friend. These include certain cleaning products, plants, insecticides, medications, and food. Potential hazardous household items include:  

  • Weed killer 
  • Disinfectants  
  • Detergent  
  • Salt lamps  
  • Lilies  
  • Ibuprofen 
  • Acetaminophen 
  • Dog flea and tick medications  
  • Spring flowering bulbs  
  • Grapes  
  • Chocolate  
  • Alcohol  
  • Onions  
  • Garlic   

Potential Poisoning Symptoms 

Signs of poisoning vary greatly and depend on the toxin ingested, dosage, and the health history of your cat. If you suspect that your cat has been poisoned, reach out to your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline right away. Potential signs of poisoning to watch out for include:  

  • Drooling  
  • Salivating  
  • Coughing   
  • Diarrhea   
  • Vomiting   
  • Twitching   
  • Seizure   
  • Coma   
  • Skin inflammation   
  • Swelling   
  • Abdominal pain   
  • Shock   
  • Collapse  
  • Increased drinking and urination  
  • Jaundice  
  • Irregular heartbeat   
  • Weakness   
  • Fever   
  • Appetite loss   

What To Do If Your Cat Has Been Poisoned 

If you suspect that your cat has ingested a toxic substance, you must call your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 for potential life-saving advice. If you can confirm what has caused the poisoning, such as a medication or cleaning product, take a picture or bring the item with you to the veterinary clinic as it can help with the diagnosis and course of treatment. Specific treatment will depend on the toxin ingested, but your veterinarian may administer activated charcoal to bind the toxin, IV fluids to aid in hydration, and possible anticonvulsants if your cat is having seizures. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to Pet Poison Helpline today!