Poisoning is a common occurrence in cats, although not as common as in dogs as they are more picky eaters, but it can still happen for a number of reasons.
- When a well-meaning pet owner administers a medication that has not been prescribed
- If the cat receives a larger dose of a prescribed medication
- The cat intentionally ingests a toxic substance (such as a plant, or medicine)
- Contact with a toxic substance which is then ingested when the cat grooms
- Secondary poisoning (eating a rodent that has ingested poison)
- Deliberate poisoning
- Venom toxicity (snake bite, spider bite, scorpion, frogs and toads)
Poisons can affect one or several body systems, and cause a range of symptoms which we have highlighted below.