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What is Lead Poisoning?

Your cat may suffer from acute or chronic lead poisoning, which depends on how much lead is ingested in a certain amount of time. Whether your cat is suffering from acute or chronic poisoning, it is still harmful to the gastrointestinal tract and nervous system. The poisoning could result in death unless it is detected and treated immediately.

Lead poisoning occurs when your cat experiences a high level of lead in their blood due to exposure in the air or through contact with a contaminated object.

Symptoms of Lead Poisoning in Cats

The signs of lead poisoning are often related to problems with the gastrointestinal tract and nervous system. A cat suffering from lead poisoning may display the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain in abdomen
  • Change of appetite
  • Change of weight
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Muscle tremors
  • Incoordination
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Feeling anxious
  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Seizures

Causes of Lead Poisoning in Cats

Lead poisoning is caused by inhaling lead particles or ingesting contaminated objects. Specific sources of lead poisoning in cats include:

  • Old paint or paint chips
  • Construction or renovation debris (pre 
  • Linoleum
  • Pewter
  • Car batteries
  • Leaded gasoline
  • Roofing supplies
  • Plumbing supplies
  • Lead in fishing weights
  • Lead in gun pellets and shots
  • Lead in pipes
  • Wine bottle foil
  • Contaminated food or water

Diagnosis of Lead Poisoning in Cats

The signs of lead poisoning are related to issues with the gastrointestinal tract or nervous system, so it is important to let your veterinarian rule out other conditions in your cat. Your veterinarian will start by asking questions about symptoms, possible lead exposure, and medical history. The next step is to give your cat a physical examination to check their symptoms and overall health.

Your veterinarian will need to give your cat a blood test to measure the levels of lead in their blood. A complete blood count will check for health problems such as abnormal red blood cells and anemia. Your cat may have to undergo further testing to diagnose lead poisoning and check for other health problems. 

If your cat has swallowed an object contaminated with lead, it will show up in the gastrointestinal tract on the x-rays. Your veterinarian will order a biochemical profile to check the health of their kidneys, and they may also order a urine sample to check for the lead poisoning.

It is important to take your cat to the veterinarian as soon as you notice the symptoms of lead poisoning. Your veterinarian needs to diagnose and treat the poisoning before it becomes fatal.

Treatment of Lead Poisoning in Cats

It is vital to treat lead poisoning immediately or it could turn into a life-threatening situation. The treatment method used depends on the level of toxicity and may include the following:


Your veterinarian will administer medication to your cat to help control their symptoms. Your cat will be given an antiemetic drug to help treat nausea and vomiting. Drugs such as diazepam and pentobarbital will be given to your cat to control seizures.

Chelation Therapy

Your cat will undergo chelation therapy to remove the lead through the urine. The chelating agents are given by a tablet or injection, and the drugs include succimer and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA).

Fluid Therapy

Fluid therapy is essential to treating dehydration due to the lead poisoning. This form of treatment also causes the lead to flow through the blood so your cat can remove it through the urine.

Gastric Lavage

A gastric lavage is a procedure in which the stomach is pumped to remove the lead from the intestinal tract. Your veterinarian may induce vomiting or give your cat an enema in addition to pumping their stomach. 


If your cat has swallowed a foreign object that contains lead, your veterinarian may have to perform surgery to remove it from the intestinal tract.

Recovery of Lead Poisoning in Cats

Diagnosing and treating lead poisoning early can result in a good prognosis for your cat. Be sure to keep follow-up appointments so your veterinarian can make sure your cat’s lead levels have returned to normal and there are not any further health problems. 

You can prevent the problem from reoccurring by removing any pet supplies, furniture and accessories that may be made of lead-containing materials. Keep your batteries, tools and other accessories that may contain lead where your cat cannot get to them. You should also make arrangements with a peer or pet hotel to care for you cat before renovating your home. 

Lead Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Lynx Point
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle Tremors
Muscle Atrophy
Loss of Appetite
Not sleeping
Not going to bathroom

I got our cat a new toy that was made in China. It was a hugger toy with feathers on each end catnip. Within minutes of chewing on the feathers Mulan started racing crazily around the house for at least 45 min. Then she completely spaced out and isolated herself in small spaces and Judy say staring at nothing. It's been over 24 hours and she is still not acting normal. Passed the neuro and physical exam by Vet.
We're totally perplexed as to what happened to our active, loving Kitty! Could this be lead poisoning? We're so worried that she won't return to her spunky self.

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12 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

Is adrenal cancer in cats related to any lead exposure or asbestos exposure? My cat has been diagnosed with a rare adrenal tumor. I moved to DC into a 1947 rental home. It did pass it's lead paint inspection (required each time a new tenant moves in). Upon moving across the US to DC from Arizona, my cat was perfectly healthy and now he is dying from a metastasized adrenal tumor that has spread to his lungs. he is currently on Prednisolone and Plavix. Are there any other medications you could recommend as well? But mainly wondering about causes of Adrenal cancer due to possible lead paint exposure or asbestos which may be in home.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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As far as I am aware there isn’t a connection with lead or asbestos poisoning and adrenal gland cancer; we still don’t know the underlying etiology for adrenal gland cancer in cats so I cannot say how it developed. Any chemotherapy would be dependent on the specific type of cancer suspected. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/adrenal-gland-cancer

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domestic short hair
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Appetite loss

We had workers removing lead based paint on the fire escape outside our window for weeks. The plastic tarp outside the window didn't keep dust from coming inside. My cat has slowly become more and more lethargic, doesn't play nearly as much, not begging for food, desperate to leave the apartment, and looks confused at times.

Could she have lead poisoning? My vet didn't really take the time to listen to my concerns. Prescribed eye ointment that made her eyelid swell, so I d/c'ed it myself.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lead poisoning is a possibility, but I cannot say with any certainty; your Veterinarian may have found symptoms indicating another condition. If you feel that BatGirl has been affected by the paint you should visit another Veterinarian for a second opinion and ensure that they hear your concerns about the paint. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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domestic short hair
6 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

My cat was shot by a pellet gun and my vet found 2 lead pellets near spine and near bladder. My cats symptoms are as follows

Bloated stomach
Flutter of stomach (like a spasm)
Stomach jumps (like a spasm

The above had the veterinarian stumped, is that a symptom to lead poisoning?

Unable to walk, when does he falls face first with rear up, hind end (legs) stiff and weak. Almost as a partial paralysis
Lack of apitite
Lack in water in take

Urine: has passed
Stool : None
Sensitive to noice, vibrations (tapping next to him)
Difficult rolling over

Cat is at the veterinarian hospital.

Was asking cause the bloated belly and fluttering and stomach jumps had him stumped, did x rays nothing unusual, wrong or any blockages in intestines or stomach just the pellets, they are located near his bladder and his back.. They aren't near his stomach.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any pellet near the spine (the spine literally goes from head to tail) may cause a variety of issues affecting the innervation of the abdomen if any nerve is damaged; lead itself (most pellets are lead based) may cause muscle twitching along with other neurological symptoms. If possible (and practical) the pellets should be removed but the location of them may cause difficulties so this would need to be discussed with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/toxicology/lead-poisoning/overview-of-lead-poisoning

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