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Symptoms of Poisoning in Cats

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
5 months ago

We love cats for their intelligence, curiosity, and adventurous spirit, but unfortunately, sometimes these traits can get our feline friends in trouble.

Cat’s have a tendency to hunt, sample new drinking holes, and nibble on unfamiliar foods – this can lead them to become sick, or even get poisoned. 

As a cat owner, it’s essential to know the symptoms of a poisoned cat in order to recognize when your furry companion needs medical attention.

The sooner you can recognize the signs of poisoning, the better your cat’s chances at making a full recovery.

In this article, we’ll break down the main signs of a poisoned cat as well as some of the most common culprits of cat poisoning so you can protect your cat. 

What Causes Poisoning in Cats 

There are many ways in which a cat could be poisoned. Sometimes they absorb poison through their skin by rubbing up against surfaces. Cats may also ingest poison during grooming if they have previously rubbed up against a poisonous substance which left residue on their coat.

Another common way that cats may consume poison is by drinking from contaminated water sources during their daily adventures or by eating prey (such as mice) that have been previously poisoned. 

Ultimately, the likelihood that your cat will be poisoned depends on the type of lifestyle he leads. Cats that spend a lot of time roaming freely outdoors have more chances to ingest toxic substances, however, house cats aren’t necessarily free of threats. 

There’s a chance you have many items around your house that are toxic for your cat. Many gardening substances, solvents, and chemicals found in garages, car fluids, and even common human medications could be dangerous for your cat. 

If you have any of the following substances in your home, be sure to keep them out of paws reach from your cat: 

  • Antifreeze fluid 
  • Pesticides  
  • Insecticides 
  • Human antidepressants 
  • Paracetamol 
  • Rat poison 

Many cats love to explore outside and, while this activity is entertaining, it comes with its own set of dangers. It’s not unusual for cats to rub against plants or even chew and eat them. While most of the plants your cat will encounter are harmless, some are toxic.  

If you’re an avid gardener you may wish to avoid growing the following toxic plants in the name of your cat’s safety: 

  • Azaleas 
  • Avocado 
  • Ficus 
  • Rhododendrons  
  • Bird of Paradise 
  • Hydrangeas 
  • Buttercups 
  • Lilies 
  • Oleander 
  • Peace Lily 
  • Pothos  
  • Tulip and Narcissus  
  • Wisteria 

As a cat owner, it is important to know which products and plants are harmful to them in order to prevent accidental poisoning.

Always make sure you store your chemicals securely and do not keep toxic plants within easy reach of your cat. Of course, cat’s won’t necessarily be inclined to eat every poisonous plant but it’s still wise to play it safe.

If someone gifts you a bouquet of lilies just be sure to place them somewhere out of your cat’s reach.   

Now, how do you tell if your cat has been poisoned? 

Symptoms of Cat Poisoning 

The symptoms of poisoning in cats will vary depending of the type of poisonous substance and the way in which your cat ingested it. 

The most common symptom of poisoning in a cat is tremors all over his body. You may also notice excessive drooling, coughing, and sneezing on a more frequent basis than normal. Often when a cat is poisoned he will show signs of depression and weakness, and in some cases, he will have difficulty breathing.

If your cat has been poisoned through his skin he might show signs of irritation in the area that was affected. He may develop a rash or experience extreme itchiness which causes him to scratch the affected area. If you notice your cat acting like this be sure to check for signs of skin irritation.  

Another common symptom of cat poisoning is a lack of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting. You may also see blood in your cat’s vomit, stools or saliva. 

What To Do If Your Cat Has Been Poisoned 

If you see your cat consuming a toxic substance or notice that he is exhibiting any of the symptoms listed above, take him to the vet right away.

The sooner you can treat him the better his chance of making a full recovery. It’s also wise to take a sample of the substance your cat has ingested. This way the veterinarian can identify exactly how to treat your cat.  

We never want to think of our pets suffering from health complications, but unfortunately, accidents do happen.

You may wish to consider taking out a cat health insurance policy to provide peace of mind in the event of an emergency.

You are sure to sleep better knowing that your cat has access to the medical care he needs, without having to worry about breaking the bank.

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The team at PetFirst Pet Insurance loves helping pet parents have the ability to give their pets the best care possible.

Pet insurance provides peace of mind that if your pet gets sick or injured you don’t have to think twice about the financial aspect and just focus on your pet’s care.

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