Cats sometimes eat the strangest things! They may eat bugs, but that’s pretty normal. The problem comes when a cat eats something like plastic. But what happens if a cat eats plastic?
Has your cat eaten plastic? Are you worried the plastic 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 plastic and whether it can make a cat sick. Let’s get started!
What is Plastic?
Plastic comes in many forms, including toys, plastic bags, and more. It’s a common material that’s in most of our homes in great quantities! Plastic is usually made from polymers, such as fossil fuel-based chemicals and more.
While plastic is safe when used as directed, what happens if a cat eats plastic?
Plastic & Cats
Plastic can make a cat sick. Most cats have sensitive stomachs, and their first reaction after eating the plastic may be to vomit. In some cases, the cat may vomit the plastic out. However, it’s possible that the plastic will remain in a cat’s system.
It’s possible for items made from plastic, such as small toys, plastic bags, and other items could become lodged in the cat’s digestive system. This can lead to a condition called intestinal obstruction, which can cause death if not treated.
Symptoms of Plastic Ingestion in Cats
You may notice these symptoms if your cat has eaten plastic:
- Excessive drooling
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain & swelling
- Behavioral changes (such as hiding and not coming out)
If you notice any of these symptoms in your cat, call the vet immediately.
Do not induce vomiting unless directed by the vet to do so.
Treatment of Plastic Ingestion in Cats
Treatment depends on your cat’s symptoms and their severity. For cats that have developed diarrhea and vomiting without intestinal blockage, the vet has medications that stop these symptoms. If your fur baby has become dehydrated, the vet will treat her with an IV for fluids and to administer other medications (if needed).
For cats that show signs of intestinal blockage, the vet will take images of your feline companion’s digestive tract. If a blockage is found, the vet may need to perform surgery to safely remove it and repair any damage the plastic may have caused.
The prognosis is best for cats who receive prompt medical treatment. In the future, it’s best to keep all plastic items out of your cat’s reach, including toys and other items. You’ll both be happier for it!