Poisoning Due to Ingesting Rat Poison Average Cost

From 575 quotes ranging from $500 - 10,000

Average Cost


First Walk is on Us!

✓ GPS tracked walks
✓ Activity reports
✓ On-demand walkers
Book FREE Walk

Jump to Section

What is Poisoning Due to Ingesting Rat Poison?

Directly ingesting rat poison is not the only way cats can be affected. Cats that hunt in and around the home can be poisoned by eating rodents that have ingested rat poison. Thus, it is important to refrain from using rat poison in or around any site that is home to children and pets, even in areas that are not considered accessible.

Numerous types of rat poison and rodenticides exist, and all use active ingredients that can be extremely harmful to cats. Some poisons prevent blood clotting, while others cause damage and failure in specific organs or systems, such as the brain or kidneys.

Symptoms of Poisoning Due to Ingesting Rat Poison in Cats

Symptoms of poisoning may vary with the type of poison ingested by a cat Signs may demonstrate neurological, kidney, or stomach distress, or a deficiency in blood clotting.

  • Excessive bleeding from wounds 
  • Nosebleeds
  • Bruising 
  • Blood in urine or feces
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive thirst or drinking
  • Lack of appetite
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Salivating 
  • Lethargy
  • Violent behavior
  • Unsteady gait
  • Poor balance and coordination
  • Seizures
  • Kidney failure

Causes of Poisoning Due to Ingesting Rat Poison in Cats

Rodenticide poisoning is generally the result of ingestion. A cat may eat rat poison (direct ingestion), or consume a rodent that has ingested the poison (secondary poisoning). 

Cats may eat poison out of hunger or curiosity, or unwittingly if it becomes mixed with its food. Cats who hunt rodents may catch and eat an animal that has ingested poison placed nearby.

Diagnosis of Poisoning Due to Ingesting Rat Poison in Cats

If it's possible your cat may have been poisoned, collect vomit and fecal samples if possible and bring them with you to the vet as soon as possible. If the cat begins exhibiting signs of toxicity at night or on a weekend, find out if your regular veterinary clinic has emergency hours or take the cat to an emergency clinic. Waiting too long to seek care can put your cat’s life at risk.

Your veterinarian will run tests on the vomit and fecal samples you collect and may conduct blood and urine tests. These tests can rule out other conditions and illnesses to help determine if your cat has been poisoned and with what, as well as the nature and extent of damage it has caused.

Treatment of Poisoning Due to Ingesting Rat Poison in Cats

Depending on the nature and severity of poisoning, a veterinarian may induce vomiting and administer activated charcoal to remove toxins from the cat’s body. Artificial respiration, blood transfusions, or vitamin K1 supplementation may be administered, and accumulated fluid and blood drained. The veterinarian may also administer fluids and medications that will promote hydration and urination and help flush toxins from the system. The cat may be boarded in a quiet, dark area to reduce potential seizure triggers, to promote rest, and to prevent injury while vulnerable to bleeding.

Recovery of Poisoning Due to Ingesting Rat Poison in Cats

Your cat's prognosis mainly depends on how quickly it has been  been diagnosed and treated post-poisoning. If your cat has had the poison removed from its system quickly, there is  a good chance of a full recovery. However, if the poison is in the cat’s system for an extended period of time,  permanent damage to respiratory system, GI tract, liver, and kidneys and nervous system can occur.

Once your cat has been treated and sent home you will need to return to the veterinarian a few more times for follow-up testing to monitor recovery and measure lasting damage..

To prevent the ingestion of rat poison in the future, safely dispose of poisons in and around the home and secure your cat’s food supply to prevent tampering. 

Poisoning Due to Ingesting Rat Poison Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

8 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

My cat just gone week and dnt like to eat any think and was look weak today and no behaving like other days . I thinks he was poison by rat poison. So I give him small amount of Hydrogen Peroxide and he star vomiting . And now he is take rest hope so he will get well soon

Add a comment to Lucifer's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Blossom and Klaus
6 Months
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

bloody nose

I lost my two kitties this last week and both had been taken by rat poison the only thing is I’ve torn apart the house looking for any trace of rat poison because I don’t own any and never will buy rat poison, I can’t find anything. Nothing. I haven’t seen any new droppings from the rat or mouse I still never found so I assume it’s dead somewhere. But my kitties died a week apart I just wanted to know if by any sort of chance to ease the pain I feel even I little bit. Could a smaller kitten about 12 weeks and a larger male kitten about 6 months recieve the exact same death from eating rat feces? Not the corpse.

Blossom was only 12 weeks old my older kitten was only 6 months and I’m devastated

Add a comment to Blossom and Klaus's experience

Was this experience helpful?

short haired tabby
5 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms


I found empty wrappers of rat poisoning in to different places but I don’t know if the wrappers were empty before my kitten got to it. She threw up a tiny bit but I thought it was because I gave her milk, she’s active and stuff she sleeps a lot though and she has a bit of a fat pouch hanging from the lower part of her stomache, whenever she jumps she makes tiny noises and I don’t know if it’s because she in pain from the digesting the rat poisoning if she did eat it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3319 Recommendations
It is important to know what type of rat poison it was (anticoagulant or neurotoxin) and visit an Emergency Veterinarian immediately, there is nothing specific I can tell you apart from visit a Veterinarian in these types of cases as I don’t know whether any was consumed, the type of rat poison or any time line. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Oreo's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Black ca
24 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhoea drunk unstable

My cat probably ate a poisoned dead mouse. She was acting really unstable and she was shaking and falling.like she was unconscious but still moving.
We have no money or vets to beging with. So we gave her oil,since it saved a lot of times cats from rat poison.
She's gotten better today (14h since it happened) she's still a bit unstable and shakes a bit when we touch her but she's better.
She pooped, her poop wasn't normal, probably diarrhoea but in this end she alsp pooped blood and that got me extremely concerned. What can I do for her? Will she survive?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3319 Recommendations
Symptoms may be from secondary rat poisoning or may be due to the consumption of a dead mouse which may have died from disease and may have caused severe gastrointestinal distress. Without examining Eva or knowing whether possible poisoning was anticoagulant or neurotoxin, it is difficult to give any specific treatment or prognosis; you should try to ensure that Eva is hydrated and kept warm, but I believe that you should still seek veterinary attention for her and encourage you to visit a charity clinic or other organisation for assistance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Eva's experience

Was this experience helpful?

8 Months
Critical condition
-1 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

mucous leaking from rectum

i dont know whats wrong with my cat he started being disoreintated in amatter of hours and can not move and has clear mucus leaking from rectum please help. i dont know if he has gotten ahold of poison my husband put under the house or if he has gotten ahold of a rat posioned i domt know what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3319 Recommendations
Mucous from the anus usually indicates some gastrointestinal irritation which in a cat as young as Jerry may indicate parasites; but if your husband puts down rat poison, then there is a possibility that Jerry consumed some rodenticide which contains bromethalin which isn’t an anticoagulant but works on the nervous system. In any case, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the underlying cause and for supportive care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to jerry's experience

Was this experience helpful?