Unfortunately, it has become increasingly common for nasty people to poison cats. There are so many stories where people poison cats because of pure hatred. If your cat is out often, you should be prepared. In this article we tell you what you can do if your cat gets poisoned.
The symptoms are very clear. They are not difficult to identify and give your cat appropriate treatment. The list below contains the most common symptoms, although your cat will not necessarily show them all. If your cat shows one or more of these symptoms, it could be a sign that something is wrong.
- Difficulty breathing
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Coughing and sneezing
- Too much saliva
- Dark urine
- Problems with the intestines
- Enlarged pupils
- The cat faints
The symptoms we have discussed above are the most common, but there may be other symptoms as well. You should also know who they are because it is your responsibility to look after your cat and be vigilant about the symptoms so that you can help it quickly if it has been affected.
Once you have identified the symptoms, you should act quickly, because every second matters.
Find a cool place
The first thing to do if your cat has been poisoned is to take him to a cool place that is not too cold. Make sure there is a certain feature so that it can relax somewhat. Be careful when moving him, because even though he may not have bitten or torn you before, sick cats can become aggressive.
Call the vet
Call the vet and ask if he can come to your home, or tell him you are coming over with the cat.
Do not give your cat something that the vet has not recommended
This is a common mistake that people often make when the cat has been poisoned. If you read online or ask people you know, you often get well-meaning advice that is not always the best for your cat.
It is better that you follow the veterinarian’s instructions. Some countries also have telephone lines that you can call to ask for help if something has affected your pet.
Do not try to make the cat vomit
If you have not been able to find out what type of poison it is, you should not try to make the cat vomit. Some substances can cause harm if they have been mixed with the stomach acid in the cat’s stomach.
Use activated carbon when your cat becomes poisoned
If your veterinarian has told you to try to make the cat vomit, you can use activated charcoal afterwards. Dilute it with water: 2 grams per kg body weight. The mixture should be more solid than liquid and you should use a syringe to feed your cat with this.
Remember that it is important to stay calm in these types of situations. Cats also tend to get anxious and they catch your emotions. If you stay calm, your cat will also stay calm. There is always a solution so do not worry. Everything will be fine!