National Poison Awareness Week March 21-28th: CAT POISON

March 21st, 2021

If you think your cat has been poisoned, contact your local emergency veterinarian as soon as possible. 

We all LOVE our cats, the last thing we want is for them to poisoned inadvertently or worse, die from being exposed to something we could have prevented. AVOID the very expensive veterinary care that could make them well again by avoiding the following: (not a complete list consult your veterinarian with all health-related pet questions)

  • Lily plants ( ALL)
  • onions
  • garlic
  • grapes and raisins
  • Antifreeze
  • Cleaning fluid
  • Chemicals like those in weed killers
  • Ant Baits
  • Rat\mouse baits & poisons
  • Insecticides like topical flea treatments meant for dogs containing permethrin
  • Human drugs such as anti-depressants, NSAIDs
  • Tobacco, marijuana, and especially vape pens and liquids Learn more here https://ctimaine.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Pets2HS_Factsheet_030518_web.pdf

Symptoms of cats who have been exposed to poisons:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Drooling
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lethargy or weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive thirst
  • Blood in vomit, saliva or stools
  • Pale gums
  • Sudden tremors or seizures

More information regarding cat care can be found at  https://catfriendly.com/

 

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s (APCC) has a FREE mobile app that helps owners quickly identify over 300 potential everyday hazards, provides crucial information about the severity of the problem and critical next steps. Download the APP today and hope you never have to use it.