My Cat Ate Adderall What Should I Do?

By Tom •  Updated: 11/12/22 •  3 min read
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My Cat Ate Adderall What Should I Do?

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Cats are very curious about their environment and don’t miss much! So, what happens if you drop a pill, such as Adderall, and can’t find it? It’s entirely possible that your fur baby could accidentally find the pill, and she may even eat it! But what happens if a cat eats Adderall?

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Has your cat eaten Adderall? Are you worried that Adderall will make your cat sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your cat eats something like this.

We’ve gathered information about Adderall and whether it can make a cat sick. Let’s get started!

What is Adderall?

Adderall is a prescription medication that contains two chemicals: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. This medication is categorized as a stimulant, and it’s used to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Adderall is also used to treat narcolepsy.

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Adderall is considered safe for humans (when taken as directed), but what about cats? Can Adderall make a cat sick?

Adderall & Cats

Unfortunately, Adderall is highly toxic to cats and can cause death if not treated quickly. Even a very small amount of Adderall is enough to damage a cat’s organs permanently.

This medication is one of the top toxins for cats.

Symptoms of Adderall Ingestion in Cats

You may notice these symptoms if your cat has eaten Adderall:

If your cat shows any of these symptoms, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency. Do not induce vomiting unless the vet advises you to do so.

Treatment of Adderall Toxicity in Cats

The vet may try to decontaminate your cat’s system by inducing vomiting or using activated charcoal. Your fur baby may also require an IV for fluids and to administer medications. The vet will treat other symptoms as they arise.

The prognosis is best for cats who receive prompt medical care; however, this medication is highly toxic to cats and may cause death in some instances. The key is to get the cat treatment as soon as possible. It may save her life.

Accidents happen, and we occasionally may drop medication on the floor. However, accidents, combined with a cat’s curiosity, can lead to some deadly consequences. So, it’s best to find any dropped pills. If you can’t find a pill that’s been dropped, using a vacuum cleaning under furniture and hard-to-reach places may snag it before your cat can find it.

In the future, it’s best to keep all medications out of your cat’s reach. Prevention is always the best medicine, especially when dealing with medicine.

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Tom

Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!
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