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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. 

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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
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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
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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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Insecticide Toxicity Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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Mickey

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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.

July 29, 2018

Mickey's Owner

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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

July 30, 2018

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Gismoe

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Mixed breed

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2 Years

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Limping
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Bloated Stumach

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.

July 28, 2018

Gismoe's Owner

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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

July 28, 2018

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Tiger

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3 Years

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Labored Breathing
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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.

July 27, 2018

Tiger's Owner


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Dr. Michele K. 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.

July 28, 2018

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

Aug. 1, 2018

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Twig

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Turkish Van

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3 Years

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Fair severity

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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?

July 20, 2018

Twig's Owner

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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

July 20, 2018

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Willow

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Domestic shorthair

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4 Years

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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 ??

July 15, 2018

Willow's Owner

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Dr. Michele K. 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.

July 15, 2018

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Katie

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Cat ?

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9 Months

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Moderate severity

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Weak, Sleepy, Not Walking Good,

Katie was given flea drops of permethrin for dogs started shaking and his came out hours later weak, couldn't walk, now hours later he is eating drinking grooming himself, walking yet wobbly and following my have with his head back and forth across floor. Can I give him milk

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No name

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5 Weeks

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Vomiting , Sleepy , Shallow Breathi
Vomiting , Sleepy

Hi,a stray cat had kittins in my yard so i have been feeding her and brought her and the kitties inside,the other night a cockroach was on the floor in my bed room and i sprayed with atlas multi insect spray around my bed not knowing that ine of the kittens were under my bed they are 5weeks old now the one that was under the bed has been vomiting ,sleepy,not interested in eating frim mum or the solid cat food, im freaking out i sprayed two days ago he was fine untill this afternoon.

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Njauni

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Local indian

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2 Years

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May Be Lathargy

I applied odomos onto my skin and usually i wash my hands after that but this day i forgot to wash or not sure but then an hr later i had to prepare food for her and at that time i was holding the food ... she ate the food but then i realised the ointment i applied ... she recently delivered kittens which is 6 days old .... shuld i worry

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Bobby

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14 Weeks

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Wanted to use a spray bottle so emptied my kitchen cleaner surface spray and washed out a few times! My kitten was being naughty so squirted him a few times- he didn’t really care about the water. Went back to the bottle and it still smelt like the product before in it. My kitten seems fine! He doesn’t smell of the chemical at all. I’ve re wipped him with a clean flannel. Just worried and feel so stupid!

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Mallory

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5 Years

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Head Tilt
Head Tilt, Lethargy
Head Tilt, Lethargy Vomit
Head Tilt, Lethargy Vomit Vocalize

I had a beloved cat for 4 years that died from all the symptons listed above, he was my ESA animal and best friend. I believe he was poisioned and was wondering what i should do, let it go ? Or investigate it ?

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