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Winter Pet Care Advice: The Dangers of Antifreeze Poisoning in Cats


antifreeze poisoning in cats can be fatal

As UK temperatures continue to drop, pet care is more important than ever.

Here, we look at the dangers of antifreeze poisoning in cats and how you can protect your cat against the dangers of antifreeze this winter.

Antifreeze Poisoning in Cats

Antifreeze, otherwise known as ‘ethylene glycol’, is particularly toxic to cats. It can prove fatal if they ingest it.

protect against the dangers of antifreeze poisoning in catsStuart Cooke, veterinary surgeon and managing director here at Calder Vets, said: “Most of us have antifreeze to hand in the winter months ready to de-ice our cars following an overnight frost.

“But many people don’t realise how toxic the substance can be to cats. When it’s cold, cats can look for shelter in sheds and garages, which is where many of us store our bottles of antifreeze. As the latest cold snap draws in we’re urging people to keep their antifreeze out of cats’ reach.

“Unfortunately the scent of antifreeze is enticing to cats, but if they ingest it, it could kill them. I am urging cat owners to watch out for the symptoms of antifreeze poisoning in their pets.”

Common Symptoms of Antifreeze Poisoning in Cats

If you’re concerned that your cat might be suffering from antifreeze poisoning, look out for these symptoms:

Up to 12 hours after ingestion
Cat is vomiting, appearing ‘drunk’, wobbly, may be more ‘vocal’.

12-24 Hours after ingestion
Cat is exhibiting further depression, increased heart rate, usually at this point the kidneys begin to struggle to cope.

After 24 hours
You may notice your cat drinking more, lethargy, vomiting and a painful abdomen. Acute renal failure is likely and unfortunately the prognosis at this point is very poor.

What to do if you suspect antifreeze poisoning in your cat

If you recognise any of these symptoms in your cat, please contact your local vet immediately. Your cat needs urgent care.

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