In order to ensure the health and safety of your cat, it is important to be aware of potential poisons in your home and know the signs of poisoning. Although it is not common for cats to be poisoned, it is certainly not impossible. Taking the time to familiarize yourself with toxic substances and their effects can help you avoid any unfortunate poisoning incidents. Compared to dogs, cats are generally picky eaters, so it is less likely for them to consume toxic items. However, their small size means even small amounts of hazardous items can lead to poisoning cases. Furthermore, cats spend a lot of time grooming themselves, so they may ingest poisons that were in their fur. Another potential source of poisoning is from eating small rodents that may have been poisoned themselves—so be mindful of this when treating your home for pests.
Toxic Household Items
It is important to be mindful of common household items that could be poisonous to cats if ingested. This includes certain plants, cleaning products, insecticides, medications, and even some foods. To keep your cat safe, make sure any of these items are out of their reach. Additionally, never give your cat medication without consulting your veterinarian first. A short list of common toxic items include:
- Salt lamps
- Human NSAIDs
- Dog flea and tick medications
Common Clinical Signs of Poisoning
Poisoning symptoms vary depending on the toxic item, dosage, and your cat’s health history. Below are possible symptoms to watch out for if your cat is poisoned.
- Skin inflammation
- Abdominal pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Increased thirst and urination
It is important to note that this is just a general list of potential poisoning signs. If you suspect your cat has been poisoned, or if you notice any changes in behavior, contact your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 for medical assistance.
If you suspect or can confirm that your cat has ingested a poisonous item, contact your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline immediately. Treatment will vary depending on the severity and type of poisoning, but typically it may involve inducing vomiting and administering activated charcoal to absorb the toxins. Additionally, in more severe cases, IV fluids may be given to help with hydration and anticonvulsants to help with seizures. As a responsible pet owner, you must keep poisonous items out of your cat’s reach and monitor their environment. By taking preventative steps you can avoid expensive treatments and the stress of your cat’s health in danger.