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Cats More Likely to be Poisoned Than Dogs

10 April 2015

US - Research has revealed that cats are more likely to be poisoned than dogs, despite them being known for their considerable fussiness over food - especially when compared to dogs.

Factors such as body size, hiding habits and lack of certain liver enzymes can make them more sensitive to poisoning than dogs.

Cats can be poisoned a number of ways including ingesting a substance directly or indirectly, through poisoned prey or grooming of contaminated fur.

  • Symptoms can vary depending on the particular poison. Some examples include:
  • Gastrointestinal signs such as drooling, lack of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Neurological signs including hiding, excitability, incoordination, tremors, seizures, or lethargy
  • Respiratory signs such as coughing, sneezing, or difficult breathing
  • Skin signs of redness, inflammation and swelling

Some toxins act on more than one body system, and can produce any combination of the above signs.

It is important to remember that, while most cases of intoxication will cause acute (sudden) problems, chronic, delayed intoxication can also arise (albeit more rarely).

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