My Cat Ate Vaseline What Should I Do?

By Tom •  Updated: 08/08/21 •  3 min read
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Has your cat eaten some Vaseline? Are you worried the Vaseline will make your cat sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place! We understand it’s scary when our fur babies eat something they maybe shouldn’t have!

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

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What is Vaseline?

Vaseline, also called petroleum jelly, is a product that many of us have at home. Vaseline is made from petroleum ingredients, and it is used to seal moisture into the skin and create a protective layer to keep moisture in. It can also help the skin to heal minor burns and scrapes.

While Vaseline is made to be used on the skin, it’s not safe to ingest this product. What about cats? What happens if your cat eats Vaseline?

Vaseline & Cats

If your cat eats a small bit of Vaseline, he will probably be OK, though he may suffer from some gastrointestinal problems.

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There’s an old-fashioned myth that continues when it comes to Vaseline and cats. Vaseline is sometimes used by pet parents as a remedy for hairballs. However, Vaseline is not recommended for this purpose. Using Vaseline on a long-term basis for hairballs could lead to petroleum poisoning.

It’s possible that a cat could also accidentally inhale Vaseline, as inhalation could lead to pneumonia. In addition, using Vaseline on a long-term basis for hairballs could lead to nutritional deficiencies in the cat. This is because Vaseline can keep nutrients from being absorbed by the body.

What’s more, some cats may be allergic to Vaseline. Your cat ingesting Vaseline could lead to an allergic reaction.

Symptoms of Vaseline Ingestion in Cats

You may notice these symptoms if your cat has ingested Vaseline:

If your cat is showing any of these symptoms, then it’s time to call the vet. This may be a medical emergency.

Treatment of Vaseline Ingestion in Cats

The vet may try to treat your cat with activated charcoal, which works to neutralize the toxin. If your fur baby has recently eaten the Vaseline, the vet may try gastric lavage to treat your cat. The vet will also treat any of the other symptoms your cat may be having.

The good news is that your cat should make a full recovery if he receives prompt medical treatment. He will be back to his playful self in no time!

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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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