My Cat Ate Neosporin. Will They Be Okay? 

If you’ve ever owned a cat, then you know that they usually love getting into mischief at every turn. Cats are curious creatures that love to explore, so keeping harmful items out of their reach is important. However, even the most diligent pet owner can miss potentially harmful items in their home. Your pets may find some products, such as Neosporin, and treat them like snacks, which is dangerous. Ingestion of this topical antibiotic ointment is cause for alarm – so what do you need to know if your cat has eaten some? Below we’ll explore the potential health consequences associated with cats ingesting Neosporin and how to handle such a situation. 

The Harmful Effects of Neosporin 

Typically, people use Neosporin on cuts, burns, and abrasions to reduce the risk of infection. While it is safe for human use, it’s not safe to ingest, especially for cats. The active ingredient in Neosporin, neomycin, can cause adverse reactions in felines, including vomiting, diarrhea, and a decrease in appetite. Additionally, other components like zinc can be toxic to cats, leading to damage to their red blood cells. Therefore, it is crucial for cat owners to keep Neosporin and similar products out of their furry friend’s reach to ensure their safety and well-being. 

Symptoms of Neosporin Poisoning 

If your cat has eaten Neosporin, they can experience poisoning. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe. Common signs include: 

  • Diarrhea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Excessive drooling 
  • Lack of appetite 

If your cat ingested the Neosporin tube, there is a possibility of it causing a blockage in the gastrointestinal tract. 


If your cat has ingested Neosporin, you must contact your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 for medical assistance. Do not attempt to induce vomiting as this could put your cat in further danger. Your cat will require medical care at the veterinary clinic. If there is a blockage from the tube, surgery is required for removal. Specific treatment will depend on the amount ingested and when it was consumed. Keep all medications safely secured away, so your pet cannot get to it when you’re not around.