Toxic Substances for Cats

The felines digestive system is not prepared to defend itself from toxic substances, and its natural attraction towards rodents, that sometimes are infected, make them extremely vulnerable.

In the country, cats usually are more in contact, directly or through its preys, with herbicides and pesticides used on gardens and on crops. Many contain substances that are especially toxic for cats.

There are more common products, such as humid paints, the creosote, turpentine and the anti freezers, that expose cat to suffer from convulsions or to even fall in a coma.

The most typical case of ingestion is produced when the animal washes after having rubbed itself against contaminated surfaces. This argument confirms the needed to eliminate any stain that is detected on the cat’s hair or claws.

Liquid substances can be cleansed with a soft soap, as are dishwashers, trying after to rinse thoroughly with abundant water. Other stains much more resistant, as are paints and tars, you first have to soften them with butter or kitchen oil before extracting them. If your cat has cleansed itself after staining himself with toxic substances, consult with a veterinary.

Unfortunately, when cats do exhibit these poisonous symptoms such as vomits, diarrhea, cardiac palpitations, compulsive behavior, drooling and convulsions, most of the times we don’t understand what the cause is.

Anyways, if suspicious, treat the commotion and call the veterinary for advice, before running out with the animal to be examined. Do not try to administer any kind of vomiting substance at home. Round up all the information about the poison (the trade mark of the garden products for example), although many don’t have specific antidotes, for which the priority of the veterinary is always to first stabilize the animal and the keep him for further observation.

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