Who doesn’t love chocolate? Well, there are probably a few people who don’t, but on the other end of the scale are chocoholics who can’t live without the stuff! And just as you love chocolate, your cat may notice you enjoying this delectable treat. But what happens if a cat eats chocolate?
Has your cat eaten chocolate? Are you worried that chocolate 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 chocolate and whether it can make a cat sick. Let’s get started!
What is Chocolate?
We’re pretty sure you’re familiar with chocolate; however, there are some things you may know about this amazing treat. But it’s not good for cats to eat.
Chocolate & Cats
The problem is that chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, which are toxic to cats (and dogs). Even a small amount of chocolate is enough to kill a cat. But dark chocolate is the worst, as it contains higher amounts of theobromine and caffeine than milk chocolate or white chocolate.
In addition to the toxins in chocolate, candy made with chocolate usually includes high amounts of fat and sugar, both of which can make a cat very sick. These candies may also be made with xylitol (candy that’s made with artificial sweeteners), which is also toxic to cats.
You’ve probably gotten the message that chocolate’s not suitable for cats! Left untreated, chocolate can cause death in cats.
Symptoms of Chocolate Ingestion in Cats
You may notice these symptoms if your cat has eaten chocolate:
- Frequent urination
- Muscle tremors
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Elevated heart rate
If you notice these symptoms in your cat, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
Do not induce vomiting unless directed by the vet to do so.
Treatment of Chocolate Ingestion in Cats
Treatment depends on the severity of your kitty’s symptoms, her weight, and how much chocolate she’s eaten.
In most cases, the vet may try to decontaminate your cat’s system by inducing vomiting, using activated charcoal, or other methods. Your fur baby may require an IV for fluids and to administer medications. She may also require a ventilator if she’s having major breathing problems.
For cats with severe symptoms, they may need to be hospitalized until they’re in stable condition.
The prognosis is best for cats that receive prompt medical treatment after eating chocolate. In the future, it’s best to keep all chocolate and other candy out of your cat’s reach. You’ll both be happier for it!