Cat owners know all about the dangers of leaving something behind that their pets may eat. Sure, it’s no big deal if it’s just a piece of fish or chicken that your pet gets to, but because he/she doesn’t know any better, your cat may also munch down on something poisonous.
Foods we often consume such as chocolates, nuts and grapes can be toxic to our feline friends. It could also spell disaster if your cat eats some of your medication accidentally.
Taking immediate action is a must if you fear that your pet has eaten something poisonous. In the spirit of National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, let’s learn more about the right steps to take in the event of potential cat poisoning.
Watch for the Warning Signs
It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on how your pet is doing because any significant change can be an indicator that something’s wrong.
According to Cats.org.uk, some of the signs you need to watch out for include vomiting, diarrhea, twitching, and excessive salivation. There are other signs indicating that your pet is poisoned, but they are fairly obvious.
Gather Samples of the Potential Poison
After noticing that something is indeed wrong with your pet cat, you will now want to look for the item that may have poisoned him/her. Finding that item can be really helpful as it will make it easier for the veterinarian to figure out what to do next.
If you’re planning to drive to the vet, be sure to place that sample in some kind of container so that it can be examined carefully.
Contact or Go to a Veterinarian Immediately
Every second matters when it comes to pet poisoning. Hopefully, you know a clinic in your area that operates around the clock so that you can take your pet there.
If the incident happens at night, try calling the ASPCA’s Poison Control Center by dialing (888) 426-4435 instead. They can tell you what to do as you wait for a vet clinic to open up.
A case of poisoning can take away a precious pet very quickly. Don’t let that happen to you by following the tips included in this article.
Make sure that your cat is safe even if you’re away from home by hiring a sitter. We at TAILored Cat Services are certified in Pet First Aid/CPR! Call us at 425-923-7791 or email through our website for more information.