My Cat Ate Baking Soda What Should I Do? (Reviewed by Vet)

Reviewed By Rebecca MacMillan, BVetMed BSAVA PGCertSAM MRCVS •  Updated: 03/18/23 •  3 min read
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Cat Ate Baking Soda

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Has your cat eaten some baking soda? Are you worried that baking soda could make your cat sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place! We understand it can be scary when our fur babies eat things that perhaps they shouldn’t.

In this article, we’ll take a look at baking soda and whether or not it can make your cat sick. Let’s get started!

What is Baking Soda?

Baking soda is a commonly used leaven for baking and cooking. It’s made of sodium bicarbonate. Baking soda is a base, which is combined with an acid in baking and cooking. For instance, baking soda may be to be mixed with yogurt, lemon, vinegar, or even applesauce (each of these is an acid). When a base and an acid combine, they help create bubbles of gas called carbon dioxide, which becomes trapped in the dough making the baked goods inflate and rise.

It is strongly recommended to contact a Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.

Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is used in quick breads, which include pancakes, muffins, certain types of cake, and even fried foods.

Baking soda can also be used in other ways. For instance, some people put a box of open baking soda in the fridge to remove food smells. It can also be used as in cleaning products..

Baking soda is generally considered safe for us; however, is it toxic to cats? Can baking soda make cats sick?

Baking Soda & Cats

Unfortunately, baking soda is toxic to cats if ingested in large amounts. If your cat has eaten only a small amount, then she should be OK. Just monitor her for signs of vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea. These should not last longer than 24 hours. If they do, then it’s time to call the vet.

If ingested in large amounts, baking soda can lead to an electrolyte imbalance in cats, which can cause serious health issues.

What are the symptoms in a cat who has eaten a large amount of baking soda?

Baking Soda Toxicity in Cats

You may notice these symptoms if your cat has eaten a large amount of baking soda:

If you notice these symptoms in your cat, call the vet immediately. This is a medical emergency.

Treatment of Baking Soda Toxicity in Cats

Treatment will depend on the cat’s symptoms.  The vet will start by performing a physical exam of your cat and may suggest some lab work. They might advise an IV with fluids to help correct any electrolyte imbalances and suggest medications to treat symptoms such as nausea.

The good news is that many pets don’t actually like the taste of baking powder so it is rare for them to eat enough to cause problems. If your cat is showing symptoms then get them to a vet promptly as they will have a better chance of making a full recovery.

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Rebecca MacMillan, BVetMed BSAVA PGCertSAM MRCVS

This article has been reviewed and approved by an independent Veterinarian: Rebecca is a companion animal vet who has always had a passion for writing and client communication. Since her graduation from the Royal Veterinary college in 2009 she has gained a wealth of experience in first opinion small animal practice, in both clinical and managerial roles. She currently works in the South West and deals with a variety of routine and emergency appointments, but particularly enjoys medicine cases. Outside of work and writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her bouncy flat coated retriever George!

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