Some symptoms of cat poisoning include drooling, loss of appetite, vomiting, pale gums and yellow gums, reports PetMD. Additional symptoms are increased thirst, increased urination, lethargy, diarrhea and hyperactivity. Poisoning can also create nervousness, weakness, muscle tremors or depression. Some cats may also experience seizures or even go into a coma.
If a cat appears to have ingested poison of any type, it is imperative that the cat be sees a veterinarian immediately, notes PetMD. Owners should contact the Pet Poison Hotline as well, to find out if there are any at-home treatments that can be performed on the way to clinic. For example, some cats may require induced vomiting, depending on the poison, though in some cases it is more dangerous to do so. It also helps to bring the poison into the veterinarian's office, so that the vet can examine it.
It is important to keep poisonous items stored in sealed containers so that the cats cannot gain access to the poison, reports PetMD. Some of the most common poisonous items that cats might ingest are human medicines, human foods, and indoor and outdoor plants, states WebMD. Examples include dog flea medications, detergents, bleach, antifreeze and fertilizers. Additional off-limit items are herbicides, insect bait, aloe plants, mistletoe plants and poinsettia plants. Tulips, lilies, marijuana, human vitamins and diet pills can also be poisonous to cats, as can antidepressants, cancer medicines, cold medicines and pain relievers.