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What is Insecticide Toxicity?

Several common household insecticides are toxic to cats. Many of the products you use on your lawn or to treat fleas on your dog can be dangerous, or even lethal, to cats. Lawn and garden insecticides can be introduced into your cat's body through his paws when he walks on a newly treated lawn, or from grooming afterward. Many pet owners also bring these chemicals indoors on their shoes after walking on treated grass. Handling your cat after applying a permethrin-based flea treatment on your dog can also harm your cat. If you think your cat has symptoms associated with insecticide toxicity, see your veterinarian at once, as his condition could deteriorate rapidly. 

Symptoms of Insecticide Toxicity in Cats

While all cats act differently when sick, here are some signs and symptoms that may be exhibit if a cat has been exposed to toxic chemicals:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Overall weakness
  • Excessive salivation
  • Unsteadiness while walking
  • Sudden collapse
  • Labored breathing
  • Eye tearing
  • Dilated pupils
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Lack of coordination
  • Twitching
  • Lethargy
  • Head tilt
  • Loss of appetite
  • Disorientation

Causes of Insecticide Toxicity in Cats

You must take special care to prevent you cat ingesting or coming into contact with lawn pesticides, household chemicals, and flea treatments for dogs. Some common causes of insecticide toxicity in cats are:

  • Poisoning after walking on treated lawn grass
  • Contact with other household pets after flea treatment
  • Handling after treating other pets with insecticides
  • Bringing lawn chemicals inside on shoes
  • Accidental ingestion

Diagnosis of Insecticide Toxicity in Cats

Your veterinarian will need to examine your cat to determine if he has symptoms associated with insecticide toxicity. Before he examines your cat, he will ask you an important series of questions about your cat's health history. During this time, provide as much information as you can such as when symptoms first appeared, substances your cat may have been exposed to, and any previously diagnosed medical conditions your cat may have. 

Your doctor will also record your cat's weight, temperature, respiration rate and heart rate and record it for future reference. He will then examine your cat for signs of poisoning. In many cases, doctors take a sample of blood for analysis to determine the type of poison your cat was exposed to. He may also perform a urinalysis to determine if your cat's kidneys are functioning normally. 

Treatment of Insecticide Toxicity in Cats

Your doctor will treat your cat for poisoning based on his symptoms and the cause of poisoning. If you cat is critically ill, your veterinarian will insert an IV for fluid and medication. He will also admit him to the hospital for monitoring if necessary. Cats that are having seizures or tremors may be treated with diazepam or phenobarbital. It may be necessary to treat other conditions that arise during treatment. Some cats develop medical conditions secondary to poisoning, such as liver failure, kidney problems, encephalitis, hypoglycemia, and anemia. 

Recovery of Insecticide Toxicity in Cats

The outlook for cats diagnosed with insecticide toxicity depends on the severity of symptoms and internal damage. In severe cases, cats that do not receive treatment quickly die in just a few hours after exposure. Some cats may have long term disabilities after insecticide toxicity. However, many cats recover if they are taken to their veterinarian promptly and treated. When it comes to insecticide poisoning, time is of the essence. 

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent accidental chemical exposure in cats. You must be sure to take a few precautions to keep your cat healthy. If you have lawn insecticides or flea treatments, always store them in a safe place. Promptly clean any spills that occur before your cat can ingest or walk through the material. If you use insecticides on your lawn, don't let your cat outside or only allow him to go in an untreated area of the lawn. It is generally safe to let your cat on the treated lawn after the chemicals have dried. If you treat your lawn, take off your shoes outside to avoid bringing insecticides indoors. If it is necessary to apply flea treatments to your cat, read the label before applying to be sure it is safe for cats. Never use canine flea treatments on your cat.

Insecticide Toxicity Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Tiger
tabby
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Labored breathing shallow
Labored breathing

Our cat tiger has licked the spray called off. It has been less than 24 hours
He has thrown up the food and it smells like chemicals. We are giving him water in a syringe. We have also mixed a dose of activated charcoal. Next will be a mix of milk and water. We are broke and can't afford a vet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Tiger is having labored breathing, is vomiting and not eating, he really needs to see a veterinarian. Many clinics to offer free or discounted first office visits, and there may be a low cost clinic in your area that can help him. Unfortunately, I cannot do very much over an email, and he may need more care than you can give at home.

He died while I was typing my question that day. He is buried on the back yard now. Thank you anyway!

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Aspen
American Longhair
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My otherwise healthy, 5yo cat has been lethargic and barely eating for 6 days. We took her to the vet 3 days ago and she had normal labs (CBC and chemistries), normal xray, afebrile and benign abdominal exam. She got SQ fluids and a 24h antiemetic shot. Since then she's continued to be very lethargic and has only had a few bites of food. She drinks a little bit of water here and there. She seems out of it although she'll look up for her name, and seems to enjoy petting, but doesn't purr.
About 2 weeks ago the outside of the house was sprayed for cockroaches. I'm worried about insecticide poisoning. I haven't seen any seizures What can I do to help her? Should I force-feed her? Use a syringe to get her more water? bathe her? Is she likely to recover? when? Anything else I should know or be doing? I can take her back into the vet but I suspect

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Insecticide poisoning would generally cause an issue when the spray is still wet, once it is dried it is usually safe for pets to walk around it (this is dependent on the specific type of insecticide used) so I don’t think that is the problem; otherwise lethargy and loss of appetite are vague symptoms which are difficult to narrow in on. You could try to feed a smooth wet sensitive food mixed with a little water drop by drop into the mouth to encourage eating and hydration but I cannot think of anything else to suggest; you should however contact the pest control guy to ask which product was used and its safety in pets just to cover all bases (ask him for the product name and chemical). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Willow
Domestic shorthair
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking
Sleepy

Our cat ate some insect spray this morning around 11 O’clock it was antstop as we had noticed flying ants behind on of our sofas. Our cat then walked in(she normally likes to do laps of the house)so when she disappeared we then thought she had gone somewhere else it wasn’t until she came out from behind the sofa we realised she had eaten the ants with the stuff on them, she is now very sleepy and is just asleep on my bed she is a bit shaky but I’ve only seen her shake a few times, what should I do ??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Ant baits are typically not toxic to cats, but the signs that Willow is showing are a little worrisome. It would probably be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian, to be examined and make sure that she is okay.

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Ozzy
Domestic short hair Tabby
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

twitching, seisures

I am concerned about long term side effects from pyrethrin toxicity exposure. I applied a 'natural' cat flea control that I got at the $ store as I have had no income for the last 2 months. Peppermint oil, clove oil, lemongrass oil are the active ingredients. I have 2 cats and applied one dose to each. My old cat was fine but our younger one started yowling 1 hour after dose but he normally is vocal to get out at night and I want him in due to predators. After a few hours he was still vocal and scratching the area but I just thought that the smell might be bothering him. The next morning I woke up to find him in a full blown seizure on the floor and rushed him to the ER vets. He felt really warm but vet said his temp was only slightly elevated which was good news. They bathed him and administered methocarbanol a few times. They advised to keep him overnight for monitoring and IV fluids but that would have been $1000 dollars and said that if I thought I could give him a pill that I could take him home once he was stabilized. The vet said she was not the worst case she has seen and put him at a 3-5 in a scale with 10 being the worst. After I got home and was reading the print out they gave me I read that if he were kept he would have gotten intralipids to bind the toxin which was written as a treatment I refused and I have no recollection as being discussed (but it was a stressful situation so I may have missed it though I would have been interested in him receiving this treatment because I discussed activated charcoal at application site or orally for this purpose at discharge which they advised against.) I only tried to administer the methocarbanol 1 time when they first recommended dosing him and was only able to keep 1/2 dose in him but since he never got really bad tremors again. (Slight paw twitches and ear flicks) that day and the day following. Eating and drinking and eliminating well. 2 days after no twitching still eating/drinking eliminating but more sleepy. Today is 3 days later and he still seems more sleepy than pre-application. I am not sure when I should be concerned that he may have permanent effects from this ordeal or if this is just his body taking the time to recoup. I am kicking myself for not recognizing how bothered he was that night and not washing it off him before it got so bad. Also I wish the vet went over written methods of treatment and had me initial refusal or acceptance of each because the intralipid treatment would have been something I would have considered an overnight stay for (if that was the only way he could receive them) but I knew I could monitor him at home and would not be shy about getting pills into him (although I was not as successful as I thought I could be and was very glad that he did not appear to need the medication as much as was anticipated.)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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From the list of active ingredients you gave, there are no pyrethrins present in the product just a few essential oils which may cause skin irritation and tremors in cats. Without knowing more detail I cannot say for certain but you should ensure that Ozzy is kept hydrated and follow up with your regular Veterinarian if you have any on going concerns. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/blog/essential-oils-cats/

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Turanga Snoot-Booper
short hair
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

dilated pupils
Overactive

I sprayed some bug spray containing cypermethrin in my kitchen, corners,parts of the floor etc and my cat came to investigate. Since then her pupils have been dilated and she seems active. At the moment she's laying down, but I have never had cats before and just want to make sure she's ok and not put her through undue stress by taking her to a vet office.
She is one year old.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Permethrins are quite toxic to cats, as they cannot metabolize the chemical. If Turanga just sniffed and walked away, she may be fine to monitor. If she ate any of the chemical, or possibly got it on her feet, she should be seen by a veterinarian right away for an examination and any supportive care that she may need. If she starts to tremor or have seizures, she needs to be seen right away.

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Missy
Domestic shorthair
estimating 8-10 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking
Sneezing
Watery eyes

Medication Used

Cheristin flea medication

Hi Last Friday I put topical Cheristin on my cat because our other cat had fleas after his vet appointment. This Monday she started shaking her head, sneezing and has watery eyes. Before the flea treatment I was trying to treat her with diatomaceous earth and peppermint flea spray, but it didn't work and she developed dermatitis and was given steroid and antibiotic injections. Yesterday I took her to her regular Vet because of the head shaking and he checked her ears - no inflammation - heart sounded good. She has no other health issues that are diagnosed.

Could this still be toxicity from the Cheristin a week later (the company when I called said never heard of this side effect)

I have washed her neck area with baby shampoo and am wiping her down every day with cat bath wipes.

She is still eating normally - always picky and drinking

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Noted side effects of Cheristin (spinetoram) are hair loss at application site, skin irritation, itching, vomiting and loss of appetite; I am not aware of any neurological symptoms in cats; I assumed you called Elanco on 1-888-545-5973 to ask them about the symptoms presenting. The product is used for one month protection against fleas so it may be a case of having to ride it out and encourage her to eat. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.elanco.us/labels/Companion-Animals/Cheristin.pdf

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Mogu
mixed
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

Hi, some roaches entered my room last night from a leak in the ceiling so I used a Baygon Cockroach killer aerosol spray to deal with them 'cause they were flying around. I sprayed them accordingly, then under my bed as well, to be sure. I left for a while (I don't remember how long exactly, but I fear it was less than 10 mins), then when I re-entered to grab my wallet, my cat ran in behind me. I caught him by the tail as he went under the bed and brought him out promptly.
In my flustered state however, it didn't occur to me to wash his paws afterwards, so now I'm worried about him. It's been at least 10 hours since he ran into the room but so far he hasn't shown any change in behavior or symptoms other than some face/eye scratching earlier (which was still 10 or so hours after possible exposure). Should I be as worried as I am? What symptoms should I look out for? And, if he was exposed, could he spread exposure to my other cats? At the moment we're unable to bring him to the vet because of a bad storm where I am.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Baygon Cockroach Killer contains cypermethrin which is toxic to cats, I don’t know how much Mogu was exposed to or if a toxic amount was inhaled or contact; you should keep a close eye on Mogu for the time being and contact the manufacturer on the number found on the product container. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.baygon.com.ph/en-ph/products/baygon-cockroach-killer/tabs/ingredients

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Gismoe
Mixed breed
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Bloated stumach
Clumbsy
Unstable
Lathargic

I sprayed a barrier around the outside and inside of the house and my cat was following me around now he's lathargic and stumbleing when he walks around.he also seams to be babying his back right paw.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally insecticides are safe to use around pets as long as they don’t walk in the spray, inhale particles or lick the area whilst wet; once the area is dry it is safe for pets to be in and around the area (you didn’t mention any brand). If Gismoe is presenting with these symptoms you should take the product packaging and Gismoe to a Veterinarian for an examination immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Twig
Turkish Van
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My yard was just sprayed and my outdoor cat walked in the wet pesticide. I wiped her paws but I’m still worried. No symptoms yet. Should I wash her paws completely? Just watch her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should bathe the paws with a Dawn dish soap and rinse thoroughly, you should prevent her from licking her paws and keep a general eye on her for the next few days; if any symptoms present you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination, also find out which insecticide was used in case you need to contact your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dinky
domesticated short hair
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Falling down
Weakness
Sleepiness
Hair Loss

i have a Cat who is 15 yrs old and always goes outside, recently, he came home weak, and losing chunks of hair, and unable to walk or stand. Before he was very active and had some weight to him, now he is exteremly skinny and eats very little. Is this the effects of poisioning or another disorder? I need some advice cause he is a very well loved kitty.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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These symptoms may be related to poisoning; however other conditions like hormone imbalance, infections, parasites among other causes. If the symptoms came on very suddenly, it is possible that poisoning may be a cause but you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and given dinky’s age a blood test to check blood counts as well as liver and kidney function. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oreo
Long hair tuxedo
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

White eye bugar/crust
Red Eye
Sleepy

2days ago I used some industrial insecticide in my kitchen & bathroom. Cats where in my room for aprox 4-5hours I moped floors an whiped down where I sprayed before I let them out, now my 2 year old cat has white stuff around her left eye, it seems redish an she can't open it all the way, is this symptoms of insecticide poisoning?this started yesterday evening.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Oreo may have an irritation from the insecticide if they were actually in the room while you were spraying, yes. Eye problems can become serious quickly, and she should be seen by a veterinarian today to have her eye examined and get any treatment that she may need.

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Mickey
Medium hair
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomit

My cat ate a little bit of pesticide form the grass and he started to vomit and wouldn’t eat for about 1 day I was going to take him to the vet but henbe started to eat and drink normally. He is eating and drinking but he still vomited I don’t know if he is okay or if he got poisoned.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is always good to visit your Veterinarian when you suspect or know that your cat has consumed a pesticide, you should visit your Veterinarian and take any packaging with you to be on the safe side. Without examining Mickey I cannot say for certain whether he is in the clear or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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