If your cat has eaten something toxic, it is important to act fast and seek urgent veterinary attention. Depending on the substance your cat has ingested, the outcome could range from mild indigestion to a potentially life-threatening emergency. It is important to understand the signs and symptoms of toxicity so that you can take the necessary steps to ensure your cat’s health and safety. 

Clinical Signs of Poisoning in Cats  

The clinical signs of poisoning in cats can vary depending on the type and the amount ingested, and your cat’s health. Below is a list of common symptoms of poisoning in cats that you should be aware of: 

  • Diarrhea  
  • Vomiting  
  • Fever  
  • Seizure  
  • Tremors  
  • Coma  
  • Drooling  
  • Skin inflammation  
  • Jaundice  
  • Abdominal pain  
  • Swelling  
  • Collapse  
  • Shock  
  • Irregular heartbeat  
  • Weakness  
  • Inappetence  
  • Increased thirst and urination 

This is a general list of common symptoms of poisoning in cats, and it is important to keep in mind that other symptoms exist depending on the type of poisoning. It is important to note that you should never attempt to induce vomiting in your cat. Unlike dogs, cats are sensitive to the effects of hydrogen peroxide, which can cause further damage.  

What To Do If Your Cat Ate Something Toxic 

If your cat has eaten something toxic, it is important to act quickly and seek veterinary help right away. You should try to identify the toxic substance and contact your vet and Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661 right away. The sooner you get help, the better. If the toxic substance is still in your cat’s system, your vet may administer activated charcoal to absorb the toxin. If the toxin has already been absorbed into the bloodstream, your vet may administer fluids or other medications to counteract the poison. In some cases, your cat may require hospitalization for monitoring and receive treatment. It is important to follow all instructions given by your vet to ensure your cat’s safety.