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What is Poisoning?

Poisons, especially insecticides or rat poisons, are fast acting as the molecules attach to the blood cells and spread throughout the body. Poisons affect the feline body in different ways depending on the active ingredient. Some toxins attack the blood cells, causing internal bleeding, others target the central nervous system, affecting the brain and the heart, whereas other poisons target the organs, slowly shutting each vital organ down. Poisoning in cats is always an emergency situation that must be treated as soon as possible by a veterinary professional. Cat owners that wait to seek medical attention or attempt to treat the poisoning at home without veterinary consult risk the possibility of sudden death. 

Poisoning in cats involves the ingestion, absorption, or inhalation of a toxic substance. Plants, medications, insecticides, chemicals and even human food products can poison a feline. If you witness your cat coming into contact with or ingesting a product you know to be toxic, you can find medical care before the poison spread throughout the body. Unfortunately, the majority of cat poisoning cases occur when the owner is not present and the only way a pet owner would be alerted is with the exhibition of symptoms. Felines who have been poisoned will likely begin to salivate profusely from the mouth, its behavior may change from calm to anxious or excited, and the cat may begin to vomit. Depending on the type of toxin, a feline could quickly go into shock, seizing and losing consciousness within a few hours.

Symptoms of Poisoning in Cats

The symptoms of poisoning in cats depends on the active ingredient the toxin contains, but the majority of poisons will cause gastrointestinal distress, neurological changes, and labored respiratory signs. 

  • Vomiting (with or without blood)
  • Diarrhea (with or without blood) 
  • Excessive salivation (drooling) 
  • Coughing 
  • Labored breathing
  • Sneezing 
  • Rapid breathing 
  • Skin swelling or inflammation 
  • Depression 
  • Excitability 
  • Incoordination or unsteady gait
  • Tremors
  • Seizures 
  • Coma
  • Anemia 
  • Fever 
  • Signs of kidney failure, such as polydipsia (increased thirst)  
  • Signs of liver failure, such as jaundice (yellowing of the skin) 
  • Increased heart rate
  • Abdominal pain 

Types 

Insecticides & rodenticides

  • Rat baits
  • Ant baits
  • Permethrin (insecticides)
  • Metaldehyde (snail and slug repellent)

Chemicals & Household products

  • Antifreeze or ethylene glycol 
  • Fertilizers (containing potassium K, phosphorus and nitrogen) 
  • Lead paint 
  • Bleach 
  • Detergent 
  • Disinfectants

Plants 

  • Schefflera 
  • Pothos
  • Lilies 
  • Ivy
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Autumn Crocus 
  • Amaryllis 
  • Yew
  • Tulips 

Medications

  • Tylenol (acetaminophen)
  • Ibuprofen 
  • Aspirin
  • Antidepressant medications 
  • Muscle relaxants 
  • ADHD medication
  • Diet pills 
  • Cancer drugs

Foods

  • Baker’s Chocolate 
  • Artificial sweeteners 
  • Xylitol 
  • Caffeine 
  • Alcohol  
  • Garlic 
  • Onions 

Causes of Poisoning in Cats

Due to the excessive cleanliness in the nature of a feline, the most common cause of poisoning in cats is ingestion by licking a toxin off the fur. It is not very common for a feline to consume a poisonous food product, unless it is mixed in with her food. Cats do have a tendency to chew on decorative house plants, as indoor cats do not have the opportunity to ease stomach nausea through the consumption of grass, causing plant toxicity. Inhalation of chemicals, such as cleaning products, can cause poisoning in cats if the cat is present as the owner cleans with a high fume chemical agent. 

Diagnosis of Poisoning in Cats

Your veterinarian will be able to deduce a diagnosis of poisoning in a cat rather quickly, based on physical signs and symptoms. If you have witnessed the poisoning or suspect what the toxin could be (a chocolate wrapper by the feline or chewed plant, for example), bring the box, product label, wrapper or sample of the item with you to the veterinary office. Knowing exactly what active ingredient caused the poisoning will help the veterinarian choose a treatment plan and your cat will be on her way to recovery much faster. Poisoning cases can become deadly in a very short time, so your veterinarian may do a quick review of your cat’s medical history but you may not be present at this time.

Treatment of Poisoning in Cats

Treatment of poisoning in cats depends on the type of toxin the feline came into contact with. Possible treatment options your veterinarian could prescribe include: 

  • An administration of ethanol (in cases of antifreeze poisoning) 
  • Fluid therapy (to help to flush the toxin from the body) 
  • Muscle relaxants (for tremors)
  • Anti-seizure medication
  • Induce vomiting 
  • Activated charcoal (an agent that binds with the toxin and prevents it from being absorbed by the body), used in poisonings that cause internal bleeding or corrosion of the esophagus if vomiting is induced. 

Recovery of Poisoning in Cats

The prognosis for poisoning in cats depends greatly on timing. The sooner your cat finds medical attention, the sooner treatment can begin and the less time the toxin has to spread throughout the body. Cats who receive treatment early will return to their normal selves in a few days with an excellent prognosis. Ask your veterinarian about poisoning in cats for the future and find out who you should call, as well as at-home tips you can use in an emergency situation.

Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Cam
Feline
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

hair loss, slightly lethargic
hair loss,

I have 2 semi-feral kitties that I have been taking care of for about 2 years. I noticed hair loss on the tummy of one 4 days ago, and questioned the neighbors. Then I thought back & there was one day he was much less active (laying around). Last night I noticed a skunk on the back porch eating the cat food & I chased it away & bleached the bowl as I usually do if I suspect something besides the cats have been at it. This morning I noticed that there was a closed ant trap that had been chewed up & broken open, but the bait looked to be intact & the cats seemed to be acting normal. It was a Raid Max ant trap. I do not think the ant trap was damaged for that long, so i believe they may be separate circumstances and that it "may" have been another animal that got into the bait trap, but the bite marks were consistent w/ a cat. Please help me to determine what to do seeing as these animals are not easy to catch & get to a vet. Obviously I will look for any signs of unusual behavior, but no where did I see hair loss as a symptom for poisoning. Does it seem like these situations could be connected, or coincidental?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think, from your description, that these events are coincidental. Ant traps are not toxic to animals, and nothing else that you have described may cause hair loss. Bacterial infections, abscesses, fungal infections or parasites can cause that, however. If the hair loss is not improving, it would be a good idea to have them seen, as difficult as it is to get them in to see a veterinarian, as they may need treatment for that hair loss. If there is a mobile veterinarian in your area, perhaps they can come and examine the cats?

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Khushi
indian stray
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Poison

Medication Used

Dexa
Birth control
Afrofrine
Annoxy salt
Mb vit 12

My kitten is 4 months old, yesterday she vomittedd and the vomit was white coloured and there were little bubbles and then after that she was not able to stand on her legs and she was in pain as she had her nails out of her hand and she had closed her mouth as if she is controlling the pain and was not able to speak and she had a little scratch on her neck as she had a cat fight a week ago so now she had twisted her neck towards her back and her neck was visible also she is using her nose very often to breathe as, I think she is facing breathing problem as she is breathing fast and yesterday her salaiva was all over bed and her eyes are open and she was moving her hands and legs while lying in the air as if she is fine fighting or swimming.

I have consulted a vet and he asked us to do a x-ray and injected her glucose, annoxy salt, afrofrine, BC, mb vit 12 and Dexa and the x-ray was normal.
So the vet told me it's because of food poisoning.

I am scared because she still looks the same and she made noise while vet injected her as she was in pain all night and she didn't even meowed that time and she was crushing her teeth.

Please help.
What should I do?

I had contacted a Ngo earlier and they said admit her in ahinsa hospital Malad West and I thought they will not treat her properly as a first aid guy came at our house and injected her with protein and antibiotics and went saying I can't do anything you have to admit her and said she looks weak.

Should I admit her or should I treat her at private vet clinic ?

Any other suggestions are most welcome

Thank you,
Shreenath Chaturvedi

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think whether you admit her to the hospital in Malad West or have her treated at a private clinic, she does need to be in the hospital, based on what you are describing. They'll be able to treat her more thoroughly than in a home visit, which is what it sounds like she needs. I hope that she is okay.

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Lina
Cat
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy-significant

Recently moved an amaryllis plant onto a surface which our cats walk across. Three cats acting normal and no symptoms. One cat, female/6yrs/overweight significant lethargy, pupils appear dilated (subjective), normal HR, weakness (subjective) seems to have decreased peripheral vision and/or decreased reaction (due to lack of interest, illness, or inability to perceive visual stimuli), basically seems like she does when there’s a thunderstorm but isn’t hiding. Shedding (subjectively) more than normal, but purring, consolable, desiring proximity/attention to/from myself and my wife. Noticed approx 4 square centimeters of amaryllis leaf chewed on. No vomit seen. I know belladonna = no good, but at what point should I/we take her to vet? What objective signs do I/we need to be on the lookout for?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The toxin of the Amaryllis plant is thought to be primarily focused in the bulb. Eating a leaf may cause mild GI upset - vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, inappetance. From your description of Lina, her problem may not be related to eating the plant, and it would seem that she needs to be examined by your veterinarian just to make sure that she doesn't need treatment, since her behavior is unusual for her. I hope that she is okay.

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Greyson
Domestic feline
2 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My Kitten ate a bery small amount of Roach poison gel. And now has diarrhea. He started having it a few hours after he ate the poison. Has only had the diarrhea twice since he’s only used the litter twice to poop. What should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing what type of gel Greyson ate, I can't comment on any possible signs, but if his diarrhea does not improve, it he starts vomiting, stops eating or becomes lethargic, he needs to be seen by a veterinarian right away to receive any treatment that he might need. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Ragnar
Yellow tabby
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My cat is drooling a lot and unsure of the cause. We have roses out could he have hurt his mouth? We painted a basement could the fumes cause this? Is in poisonous? Otherwise acting normal and eating

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Drooling typically indicates an oral problem of some kind, or nausea. Since I cannot examine Ragnar, It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian. They'll be able to look in his mouth, see if he has any trauma or dental disease, and recommend any treatment that he might benefit from. I hope that all goes well for him.

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jax
Russian Blue
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

bony
third eyelid showing
Laying down
Weakness
Third eyelid

Medication Used

cerena

My 4.5 month old kitten ate almond milk chocolate kisses, threw up for 4 days and had diarrhea Took him to the vet and they gave him fluids and medicine for his symptoms. its now been 5 days since he been poisoned and he still seems really sick. lays down alot, sits at his water bowl, is very weak. and so bony. hes somewhat eating, using the litterbox, and drinking a lot. i thought he may have feline distemper disease because of his symptoms but now i just dont know what to do. how long should it take him to go back to his self?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Jax - I'm sorry that hear that he is having a hard time. Without knowing what medications he is one or what he was being treated for, I can't say for sure when he should be rechecked, but from the information that you gave me, I would think a recheck at 24 hours would be reasonable. If he hasn't improved over the day that you have had him home after his appointment, he should be re-evaluated to see why he isn't responding. I hope that he does okay.

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Austin
Ragdoll cat
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating alot and thirsty

Our cat ate part of a day lily leaf. He has had a lot of urination and constantly thirsty. He has never had and issue with urinating out of his box but he has had 3 accidents this week. He also seems to have difficulty going up and down the steps lately.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Lilies are toxic to cats, and can cause kidney failure. I'm not sure what time frame this happened in, but it would be best to have Austin seen by a veterinarian right away to have some lab work done and assess his kidney values. I hope that he is okay.

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Tuff
Mix
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

I'm pretty sure he's been poisoned somehow. He can't move. He's got excessive snot, saliva. He's throwing up some blood. His skin is pale.I have tried to give him water and Pedialyte with a dropper. It just happened within 3 days and it has gotten very bad. I cannot afford to take him to the vet because it is way to expensive and for some reason there isn't a place that someone can get help without having a credit card or a couple hundred dollars just to get started. I don't knlw what to do and it's breaking my heart to see him this way. He was a stray but I started taking care of him and have grown very fond of him. Please help me help him

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that is happening to Tuff. Unfortunately, there is very little that I can do over an email, without seeing him or knowing what is going on. He needs to see a veterinarian right away. Most clinics do take CareCredit, for unexpected expenses, and if he is suffering, most clinics will be able to end that suffering for him if needed. Again, I am so sorry that this is happening to him.

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Oreo
Short hair domestic
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Low body temp

We took our 1 year old kitty to get on Wednesday where she was given cheristan, a depo shot and ivomec shot. 9 hours later she couldn't move her back legs and movement in front was jerky and ridged. Took her to another vet er they said it was flea meds allergy. Gave her muscle relaxer and sent home. Next morning our baby was comatose..took her back to original vet and now she has toxicity? They say it's hard to tell what from but they would never have given her muscle relaxer..I an so frustrated and mad and they are not saying much about recovery,or prognosis Friday there is not much change she is at vets office still on iv and heating pad....What is recovery time? Who should I listen to are they doing the right thing? I'm having a hard time trusting anyone at this point??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Oreo, it is difficult to say what course of treatment should be taken; if the toxicity is from the ivermectin any treatment should be supportive and symptomatic which includes intravenous fluids, seizure control as well as managing any other symptoms. Recovery from ivermectin toxicity may take weeks and some cases are fatal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rupert
Orange tabby
9 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Less talkative
Decreased Appetite
Itching
Lethargy
Hair Loss

I went out of town for 5 days and left my 9mos old orange tabby at home with his automatic feeder and waterer. My mom was supposed to check up on him, but wasn’t able to, so I found my apartment in a bit of a state when I returned early Tuesday morning. It seems my cat had finally gotten to the one palm sized plant I had purchased from ikea not very long ago and strewn it across the apartment. I picked up the small plant’s remenents and put it back on the shelf teasing my cat for being naughty and thought that was the end of it. A day or so later, I realized my kitten was shedding profusely and wasn’t as active as he normally was but figured it might be due to my having been gone for the first time and him not having my dog or my sister’s cat around for him to play with. I recently moved from my parent’s large house as well into a studio, so I thought the lack of space may have something to do with it. On Sunday however, about 6 days after I came back from my trip, I researched the small ikea plant my cat had desecrated and found out it was a kalanchoe plant which is poisonous to cats. I took him to the vet who ran a blood test that came back normal, but said since so much time had passed there was nothing we could do for any plant digestion and would have to wait to see if there would be any liver damage or things like that. I know my cat and refuse to think there’s nothing wrong and no fix. I put activated charcoal in his water that Sunday, so he eats and drinks, but less than normal. I took him in at 3 weeks from a litter that was dying off in our yard, his family is all feral cats so he typically has a very healthy appetite and isn’t picky on food. He was at 18lbs when we went to the vet Sunday and I’m sure he’s lost weight, so he was previously around 19 or more I’m sure. He also used to be very active at night, running around and hopping on things when I would have preferred he be resting, but now sleeps and lays around in general much more. Additionally, he has developed alopecia like almost bald spots on both eyebrow areas from over grooming. He scratches himself a lot as if his skin is very itchy and is now a bit moody when I hold him, which is out of character for this normally loving, well adjusted and friendly kitten. I’ve been through bottle feeding, temperature control and everything else with this cat, I would be heartbroken to have him taken out by a $3 ikea plant.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thankfully, hair loss is not one of the side effects of the Kalanchoe plant in cats, and honestly, if he had eaten enough to be toxic to him, he would probably not be alive by the time you got home. Normal bloodwork run by your veterinarian is a heartening sign. He skin issues seem unrelated to the plant, and may be from another cause. Given all of the changes in your (his) life, he may be experiencing some stress, and a product like Feliway may help. If he is not improving, a recheck with your veterinarian would be a good idea, to examine his skin and determine what might be going on. I hope that all goes well for him!

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Tigre
Tiger striped
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting, lethargic

Cat is swollen around his mouth area (could be a snake bite) and he is not moving and just wants to lay on the ground. He has vomited a few times. There is no vet where we live. What is the best thing to do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is a Veterinarian within two hours or so of your home you should visit them regardless of distance; you should clean the area around the mouth and if there are any puncture wounds you should bathe them with a dilute antiseptic. Ideally Tigre should get a course of antibiotics since both venomous and non-venomous snake bites are prone to infections which can be worse than the bite or venom in the long term. Cetirizine at 5mg per day may help with any allergic reaction but may be difficult to administer. You can also call the Pet Poison Helpline to talk you through the symptoms and supportive care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com

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Bubbles
Feline
7 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

I think my kitten might’ve licked rat poison. The Ramik bar.. I had it behind my toilet and he was behind there so I grabbed him really quick but I don’t know if he licked it or not. Should I be worried

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If you think that Bubbles ate any of the rat poison, he needs to be seen immediately by a veterinarian. Depending on the type of poison, he may need medical therapy, and often, once the signs start showing, it can be too late. I hope that he did not eat any of the bar, but it would be better to be safe than sorry, in this situation.

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Nami
normal
Two Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

can't eat , tired

Hi , my 2.5 months cat Nami licking the insecticide I sprayed in he back , I don't know how she has done that but what is done is done , first day I Saw vomiting , seizures , don't eat , and excessive saliva , next day I noticed the she is mewing without opening her mouth , when I checked the jaw muscles there where extremely stiff and she can't open her mouth , does that mean an inflammation in her nerves or permanent paralysis? p.s I already giving her anti toxin and inflammatory medication

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Flea and tick medicine poisoning can take a while to resolve and some cases may require supportive care (fluid etc…) if a cat isn’t eating or drinking alone. It is important to put products on the back of the neck where they cannot reach and to not allow a cat to rub on anything until the product is dried. You should keep an eye on Nami for the time being, but if you didn’t use a specific over the counter product like Frontline (fipronil), Revolution (selamectin) or similar you should visit a Veterinarian immediately and take the product packaging with you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pepsi
Orange cat
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy vomiting

My mom accidentally turned on the washer with my cat in it. The washer was only on for a couple minutes before she got to him. We believe the detergent got on his fur and he invested it by grooming himself. He’s thrown up a total of 4 times within the last four days. He won’t drink or eat unless hand fed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Pepsi was inside the washing machine for a couple of minutes there are a variety of possible issues including ingestion of detergent, aspiration of water and trauma from it spinning or turning (depending on the type of washing machine). I cannot recommend any other course of action apart from visiting your Veterinarian for an examination and a check of the lungs as dry drowning is a possibility 24 hours after the incident. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Trixie
short hair
9 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

cough
Heavy purring

I used jif cleaning moose to clean the bath and she jumped in and got it on her fur and started to lick it off before I could clean her. Now her breathing is heavier than normal when purring and she coughs every now and again.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Trixie continues to have any problems breathing, stops eating, or starts vomiting or having diarrhea, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, to make sure that she is okay, and doesn't need any supportive care.

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Butters
Cat
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

i believe my kitten licked the cream off of an IT Works body wrap. Suggestions on how to help her would be appreciated. The kitten is breathing normally but is not acting as usual. She will not drink or eat and is moody when you hold her

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not exactly sure what Butters has come into contact with. If she is not eating or drinking, and seems to not be acting like herself, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian to see what she has come into contact with, and whether she needs additional care.

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Milo & Zelda
Domestic shorthair
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling

I have 4 cats. 2 are drooling out of nowhere. They are acting normal, eating, drinking, and using the bathroom like normal. I can't find anything that they got into. I already checked their mouths and there was nothing out of the normal. Teeth are brushed twice a week. Every once in awhile they will scratch at their necks and paw at their face. It seems like a mild toxic reaction but I'm not sure. Vets are closed for the holiday weekend. Is there anything I can do to help them?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Try to rinse out Milo and Zelda’s mouths thoroughly and give their teeth a good cleaning for good measure; keep a close eye on them to see if any other symptoms develop and watch where they go as they return to something (a plant or something else) to chew, nibble or lick. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Their drool is very clear and feels like water. Not slimy or thick. It has no smell. No foam or bubbles in it.

Also, I don't keep any plants inside for this exact reason. They are strictly indoor cats. They are all just as curious and hyper as they were as kittens.

It's been a full 24 hours since I noticed they were drooling. The drooling has slowed down significantly. They aren't drooling when awake anymore but they're still drooling while asleep. Not a huge amount though. I did find a new toy that I got them the night before. They were the only two playing with it. I have since thrown it away in case it had something on it. Should I still be worried?

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ozzy
Common black
12 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

acts normal

My cat was lost for 2weeks, when found it Ozzy had lost ten pounds but seemed just fine. Three months later he's been losing hair in patches and his weight hasn't come back by 7lbs. Took him to bet he ran blood test and said he's in liver failire. 3 months to live and feed non carbs just liver. What's your take can he be helped or is this it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand this is a distressing time, but without examining Ozzy and seeing blood test results etc… I cannot give any constructive advice since liver failure is a complicated condition with varying levels of severity and numerous underlying causes. Whilst Ozzy was missing for two weeks, he may have consumed almost anything (may happen to cats if missing for five minutes); any management would be on reducing stress on the liver by feeding an appropriate diet and giving supportive and symptomatic care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rudy
Bengal
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

My cat is weak,unable to walk,not taking food for three days.Is this a symptoms of poisoning? Is giving turmerine juice safe? Can you please suggest a solution to take him back to his normal life??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms you are describing are common across many different poisons, but other conditions like infections, some parasites, liver disease, foreign objects among other causes may also cause these symptoms. Whilst the use of turmeric juice may not be really harmful, it efficacy is up for debate (see link below). You should however, visit your Veterinarian for an examination to narrow in on a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://skeptvet.com/Blog/2013/09/turmeric-for-pets/

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Biggles
Bengal
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Drooling Lethargic

Our cat licked funicide from a leaking container. We washed his paws but he wouldn’t drink any thing though he ate some prawns.
Today he is much worse, drooling heavily, lethargic and not eating or drinking. The emergency vet we rang had said just to wash his paws and get him to drink and the drooling is expected.
Is there anything else we can do? Should we take him to the vet?
He hates the car so we have had home visits usually.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should contact the manufacturer of the fungicide to ask about toxicology data etc… I would also recommend you contact the Pet Poison Helpline for product specific advice. Symptoms can be severe and may lead to death so it is important to have this managed by a Veterinarian to take care of supportive and symptomatic care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com https://wagwalking.com/condition/pesticides-poisoning

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Diego
Cat
4 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Vomiting not eating

My cat started vomiting which didn’t really concern me at the time until he’s not Eating barely drinking but still vomiting what i can only describe as green bile, all i can think of is a bottle of tcp was tipped and maybe a small amount ingested....... it’s been 4 days An haven’t worked a great deal as he is a house cat but now i am petrified that it’s killing him as i only just clicked about the tcp... please help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Diego did get into the pesticide, he needs immediate medical attention to be evaluated and given supportive care. Regardless of the reason for his illness, though, he does need to be seen if he is not eating and continues to vomit. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, determine what might be going on, and recommend any testing or treatments that he needs. I hope that he is okay.

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Gizmo
Unknown
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

I think our cat may have chewed on tulip leaves as they appear to have been eaten. Now he has been vomiting for almost 24 hours but isn’t showing any other symptoms. Is this common for poisoning from tulips? Will it just run it’s course and does it need treatment?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Gizmo may have transient GI signs that resolve. If he continues to vomit, however, he should be seen by your veterinarian to determine if he needs supportive care until the signs resolve. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Seamus
Maine Coon
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

My cat ingested a small amount of eucalyptus leaf, I discovered after he threw up a hair ball. I am hoping the bit that was in his throw up was all he ingested but I’m not sure. He seems totally fine now but I’m still concerned.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ingestion of small amounts of eucalyptus may result in mild gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting, but ingestion of larger amounts may cause more severe symptoms like lethargy, diarrhoea, drooling among others. If Seamus start to show any concerning symptoms, you should visit your Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hippo
domestic short hair
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

I have a non-organic decorative sweet potato growing on a windowsill. It has never flowered or produced seeds which I know contain toxins. My cat ate some leaves and I’m not sure what to do. She hasn’t shown any symptoms and is behaving normally. No vomiting, lethargy, or diarrhea. How long would it take for these symptoms to appear? She has munched on some house plants before and been fine but I’m not sure if she needs to go to the vet right away or only if she shows symptoms.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure how long ago Hippo ate the leaves, but if it was very recent, it may be a good idea to have her seen as soon as possible to be evaluated and given activated charcoal if that is appropriate, timing wise. If it has been some time since she ate the plant, you may just want to monitor for signs and have her seen immediately if she does start showing signs. Symptoms of sweet potato vine poisoning in cats depend on the condition of the plant and the quantity of plant vegetation she consumed. If she only consumed a small portion of the sweet potato vine, the skin might redden, swell and blister similar to that of an allergic reaction. If a larger portion of the sweet potato vine was consumed, she may begin to vomit, develop diarrhea, and hallucinate. I hope that she is okay. Read more at: https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/sweet-potato-vine-poisoning

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Annabelle
Siamese
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepy

I woke up this morning and noticed a green block in my room, I threw it away. I got home from work and there were still a couple of tiny pieces that were off of it. I noticed my cat trying to nibble at it so I quickly got up and threw them away. I googled what it was and quickly realized it was rat poison. ( I had an exterminator here and wasn't aware that there was poison, since my roommate dealt with it ). I am freaking out, should I take her to the vet immediately tomorrow to make sure everything is okay?? Also, how much would it be to take her in for something like that. She's my baby and I love her to death. (I was required to put in symptoms, she's completely fine right now but I can't stop watching her and looking at her.)

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is best to have Annabelle seen immediately, today, to try and combat any toxic effects from the rat poison. There are two different kinds of rat poison - one affects the clotting factors and needs treatment to maintain normal clotting. One affects the brain, and needs supportive care at your veterinarian to try and decrease brain swelling that may occur. Depending on the time frame since she has eaten it, they may be able to give her medications to try and decrease absorption of the the poison. If you can find out what kind the exterminator used, that would be very helpful to your veterinarian. I hope that she is okay.

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Tom
dsh
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Weakness
high temperature
Not eat
Foaming At The Mouth
Vomiting

Medication Used

Beazym
Bropure

Last few day, my cat name Tom was just ok. He ate his meal and play around as usual. But in the morning, he start refuse to eat. He looks gloomy and keeps on drooling with stink smell. I suspect him to ate pesticide. So i gave him activated charcoal. After 15minutes he start vomit. I brought him to nearest vet. The vet said that my cat was poisoned but he still in mild condition. The vet just give me Bropure and Beazyme precription. I thought everythings gonna be fine. A day later, Tom look worst. He kept lock himself in cool and watery place like bathroom. Everytime i fed him with water, he will refuse and had bubble saliva. Now he still lock up himself in bathroom and seems worst. What should i do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Tom is still presenting with these symptoms and he is not eating or drinking you should return to your Veterinarian for care; fluid therapy may be required to keep hydration (dehydration can cause the saliva to form bubbles or foam due to increased viscosity of saliva) but without knowing specifically the cause of the poisoning we are limited to supportive and symptomatic care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gizmo
Unsure
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Throwing up

I have two cats two days ago we sprayed roach killer and the next day both cats are not eating and throwing up I noticed that they ate this morning but has not again all day and night. They are both playing and active just not eating and throwing up.i do not have money for another week to go to a vet please help me I don't want to lose them.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that your cats are showing these signs. It would be best if they were seen now, as I cannot examine them or treat them over an email. Many clinics offer a 'free first exam', and most clinics offer Care Credit to provide financing for unexpected expenses. I hope that they are okay.

I don't qualify for care credit and have called all vets in my area no one will see them I don't get paid till next week is there anything I can do and does this sound serious I have been giving them Pedialyte one time a day

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Zoe
DOMESTIC
1 Year
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

New Year's Eve morning at 8:15 a.m. our healthy 1 1/2 yr old cat, Zoe gobbled our senior dog's prescription dose (1/2 pill of 25 mg) Proin. We watched her behavior and she seemed ok until the next day - lethargy, not eating or drinking; ran her to the emergency vet and she was treated with iv fluids and a charcoal treatment. We took her home and the next day she seemed ok but not eating and barely drinking. The next morning her breathing was shallow and she wasn't moving around. We took her to our home vet and a radiograph showed fluid filling her lungs. She was given a shot of steroid and antibiotics. 24 hrs later she is still labored in breathing and trying to drink but her head just rests on the bowl edge. Took her back to home vet and hoping for the best. Is there any information you can share that could help us
understand what the prescription has done to her body? We are responsible about storing medicines away from the pets and this has us absolutely gut wrenched.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I am sorry for what is happening to Zoe, that is heartbreaking. Proin, or Phenylpropanalamine, is a drug that can cause an increase in blood pressure, and then a reflexive dramatic drop in blood pressure if an overdosage occurs. That drop in blood pressure can lead to kidney and liver failure, and fluid buildup as a reaction to that failure. I wish Zoe the best, and hope that she recovers.

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Melvin
Unsure
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic weak
Lethargic

On Dec 17th my cat ate some tomcat brand rat poison. Now, for the past two days he's been very lethargic, and seems like his legs are weak at times. Could he still pass away from the poison or will this most likely wear off and him be ok.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for yoru question. Rat poison is very toxic to animals. melvin should see your veterinarain immediately for treatment. i hope that he is okay.

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Fancy
Russian Blue
2 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Loud Breathing
Drooling
Swelling
Foaming At The Mouth
Lethargy
Labored breathing

On Christmas Eve, my cat made a very strange sound. I checked on her and it seemed like she had coughed. It scared me but I thought she had just had a hair all issue or something. Christmas comes and my cat is experiencing labored breathing, she is drooling which turns foamy, she is very lethargic, and her right side is now swollen. Like a very squishy swollen. I tried to give her a small dose of antibiotics, immediately came back up. Same with Benadryl AND electrolyte fluid. Right as my ride showed up to take her to an emergency vet, she died and there was blood in her mouth. I am completely torn apart and devastated. Can someone PLEASE help me and give me some kind of clue as to WHAT HAPPENED to my baby? Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is distressing losing a loved one, especially during the holidays; but unfortunately the symptoms you have described are not specific to any particular condition and may be attributable to poisoning, allergies (reaction to a bite or sting), infection, heart disease among other causes. If you are looking for a specific cause of death, I would recommend getting a necropsy done to give you the answers you are looking for. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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M<ocos
tabby
2 1/2
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat got a hold of thieves oil. And he has been drooling. My five year old set the oil bottle in the water and he drank the water. I'm very concerned please help. He is very small, for a 2 1/2 year old and I don't know if he will be able to digest it. I'm very worried, but it takes three hours to get to the nearest clinic. I don't know if I should leave, or if I should just try and get him to vomit. I also would like to know why he was running around the house after he drank the poisoned water.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thieves oil is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils which when neat will generally float on the top of water and would have been the only thing that he drank which would have caused severe oral burning which is resulting in him drooling and running around. You should rinse out his mouth thoroughly but you should visit your Veterinarian or nearest Veterinarian for assistance; if you live out in the country you could call the Pet Poison Helpline for assistance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com

Also he has a puffy eye.

He won't stop sleeping either. And he is constantly swallowing his drool.

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Nala
American Shorthair
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Hello,
I gave my cat a treat of fleas for dogs, from a syringe through her shoulders and her entire spine to her tail, watering the treatment on her skin, that was yesterday, now at night, she is strange, stiff and She can not jump, she sneezes and trembles, she keeps shaking, her eyes keep closing and opening ... what can I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should never administer a flea control product intended for dogs on a cat, different species have different formulations and due to different physiology; visit your Veterinarian immediately and call the manufacturer of the product for information based on their specific product in this case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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