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Has my cat been poisoned?

Has my cat been poisoned?

While cat poisonings are relatively rare occurrences, they do happen. From toxic plants and human medications to house plants, our St. Louis vets share some information on substances that are poisonous to cats, and what to do if you suspect your cat has been poisoned. 

Cat Poisoning

Due to their compact size, cats can quickly become very ill if they encounter even small amounts of poisonous substances. Their excessive attention to cleanliness means that the most common cause of poisoning in cats is ingestion by licking toxic substances off their fur during grooming sessions. Unlike dogs, cats are typically very fussy eaters and it is uncommon for cats to consume a poisonous food product unless it is mixed in with their food. 

Household Substances That Are Poisonous To Cats

There are a huge number of everyday items that are extremely toxic to cats. If you have any of the items listed below in your home, be sure to store them out of your cat's reach to prevent a veterinary emergency, and never give your cat medications without consulting your veterinarian first. 

  • Antifreeze 
  • Pest control chemicals
  • Weed killers
  • Detergent 
  • Disinfectants
  • Bleach
  • Spring flowering bulbs
  • Lilies
  • Ibuprofen (painkiller)
  • Acetaminophen  (painkiller)
  • Dog flea and tick medications
  • Salt Lamps
  • Xylitol
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Grapes
  • Onions
  • Garlic

If you suspect your cat has been poisoned, please contact us at Animal Emergency Clinic immediately.

Compassionate Emergency Care for Pets

Animal Emergency Clinic is an after-hours emergency animal hospital providing urgent care to cats and dogs from St. Louis and surrounding areas. Contact us right away if you are experiencing a veterinary emergency.

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