In these situations you have to keep calm, but the main thing is to identify the symptoms, it is also necessary to prevent and have a 24-hour veterinarian's phone handy
Unfortunately, pet poisoning is the order of the day. There have been many news that we have heard about dogs and cats that have happened to them, and this is the result of hatred that some feel for animals. If you have a cat, and leaves and enters the house, you may see yourself in this situation. Then you will ask yourself: "What do I do if my cat has been poisoned?"
Before knowing how to act against poisoning, you must learn to recognize its symptoms.
Symptoms of poisoning in cats
The symptoms of poisoning are very clear. It will not be difficult for you to identify them and, in that way, remedy what your cat is going through.. These are the most common. Think that your cat does not have to go through all of them so that you realize that something is not going well, it could show only one or several of them.
- Breathing problems
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Cough and Sneezy
- Excessive salivation
- Pipí obsurec>
These are the most common, although it could be presented in other ways. As we always tell you, at this point, you You have the responsibility to observe your cat and notice any changes you might see in him and thus be able to act quickly.
Search for an airy site
The first thing you have to do is take your cat to a well ventilated place, where it is not cold but he can feel a breeze that will relieve the discomfort and make him feel relaxed. Be careful when moving it, since, even if it never did, it could scratch or bite you, because sick cats tend to become somewhat aggressive.
Call the vet
Contact the veterinarian to go to your home, or to let him know that you are going to his office. Ask him what you can do while the time comes to find you.
Have an emergency veterinarian's telephone number available 24 hours before this type of thing happens, it is a prevention that will save your animal's life in an emergency.
Do not give anything that has not been prescribed by the veterinarian
This is a mistake we make, because when we search on the internet, or discuss it with people close to us, there are always the tips that are intended to help but that do not always work.
You could put your cat in danger, so follow the veterinarian's instructions. Remember that too there are countries where the help line for poisoned animals exists, who can also guide you on what to do.
Don't make him vomit
If you have not been able to identify the poison, do not make your cat vomit. There are certain types of substances that, together with gastric juices, would cause irreparable damage in your cat's esophagus or digestive tract.
It is better to wait a few minutes until you meet the veterinarian, and it is he who tells you if vomiting is necessary or not.
Use activated carbon
If the vet has given you a clear path to force vomiting, use activated carbon after it. Dilute a teaspoon in water that contains one gram for every half kilo of your cat. Try to make the mixture more solid than liquid and give it with a syringe.
The function of this product will be to prevent the body from absorbing the poison, it will form a ‘wall’ between it and the organs.
Remember that keeping calm in extreme situations like this can make a difference. Also, keep in mind that cats are very apprehensive and mimic our mood. If you transmit calm to your feline, he will also be more relaxed. Everything has a solution, so calm down!
Symptoms of poisoning in cats
I still remember as if it were yesterday one of the cats in the colony that I am taking care of. I had just reached the garden and she was crouched down, with a semi-open mouth tryingbreathe. It was not moving from the site, and it was evident that it had been poisoned. When you take her in her arms to put her in the carrier, I noticed how his heart had accelerated. Without a doubt, the situation was serious.
The vet did a series of tests, and discovered that he had a pulmonary edema. In other words, he had more fluid than necessary in his lungs that prevented him from breathing normally. It was still to be known what caused it, but in the end we concluded that it had been the pipette for cats that he had put on the previous day. Yes, flea and tick pipettes can also cause serious problems for animals. But let's not get ahead.
In addition to the mentioned symptoms (shortness of breath and weakness), We will know that our friend has been poisoned if he loses consciousness, has a bloated stomach, convulses, coughs and / or sneezes, vomits, the cat drools a lot and / or has diarrhea. You will also feel depressed, not wanting to do anything… except take a breath. In very serious cases, you are likely to find a quiet, isolated place where you can rest without anyone bothering you.
First aid of a poisoned cat
In case we suspect that our friend has been poisoned at home we can do a number of things to try to make you feel better.
The first and most important thing is to hold it firmly (but gently) in your arms and take it to a very bright and well ventilated room. This will make it easier for us to detect any other symptoms that have been overlooked while the furry feels fresh air. We will offer you water so that you can remove the remains through the urine, but if you don't drink we will not force you. Never give milk, as we would favor the absorption of poison, thus worsening the situation.
Then, we will call the vet to know how to proceed. In case you recommend inducing vomiting, we will give you 2 small tablespoons of salt water or hydrogen peroxide. If the poison is dust, we will clean it thoroughly with a brush.
Finally, whenever possible, we will try to detect the source of the poisoning. If we get it, perfect, we will remove it immediately to prevent other animals from getting poisoned, now, if there is no way to find it, or if the cat is really bad with breathing problems, we will not waste time looking for it.
Now the most important thing is take him to the vet to examine it and put the appropriate treatment according to your case.
How to protect it at home
At home there are many dangers that we must protect from, and they are as follows:
- Medicines for humans: it is true that cats, in general, will not self-medicate, unless the curios
Well, outside it is harder to protect it. But yes We can avoid more than one scare if we keep it in the garden and do not use chemicals. Only then can he enjoy nature without his life being in any danger.
If you like to go for a walk around the neighborhood, the situation is complicated. There are those who use insecticides that pulverize plants that, later, felines can use to clean their stomachs. Further, they can also poison food left in sight of any animal. Although this begins to be considered - finally - as mistreatment of animals in many countries, there is still a long way to go. So, what to do?
From my own experience I will tell you that The best thing in these cases is to make sure that the cat has eaten before leaving. It does not guarantee you anything, but if they leave just eaten it is difficult to eat something outside. Just in case, it does not hurt to put a necklace with an identification plate which will carry your phone number, and of course the microchip.
As we see, cats can find dangers both outside and inside the home. Whenever we suspect that he is not well, we will take him as soon as possible to the specialist.