Many pet parents enjoy weed from time to time. That means more pets, including cats, are around weed. With more access to weed, it’s possible a cat could find weed and eat it. But what happens if a cat eats weed?
Has your cat eaten weed? Are you worried the weed 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 weed and whether it can make a cat sick. Let’s get started!
What is Weed?
Weed is a name for marijuana, which is also called cannabis. Weed contains psychoactive substances responsible for causing the “high” humans get from using weed.
Weed is sometimes smoked; however, it can also be included in baked goods, candies, chocolate bars, and more. It’s possible for a cat to eat a weed goody or eat the weed itself.
While weed can be safe for humans (when used as directed), what about cats? Can weed make a cat sick?
Weed & Cats
Yes, weed can make a cat sick. The amount of weed needed to make a cat sick or intoxicated depends on the cat’s age, weight, health status, and age.
The good news is that weed usually doesn’t cause death in cats. However, it can happen, especially if a cat eats weed that’s made into edibles.
Another problem is that some edibles may include ingredients that are toxic to cats, including chocolate, grapes, raisins, and more.
Symptoms of Weed Toxicity in Cats
You may notice these symptoms if your cat has eaten weed:
- Excessive drooling
- Urinate incontinence
- Fast or slow heart rate
- Altered blood pressure
- Slowed respiration rate
- Decrease in body temperature
If you notice these or other symptoms in your cat, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
Treatment of Weed Ingestion in Cats
The vet may try to decontaminate your cat’s system by inducing vomiting or using activated charcoal. However, weed is anti-emetic (inhibits vomiting). So, it may be necessary for the vet to use gastric lavage to remove the toxin from your fur baby’s stomach.
They will also offer supportive care, including an IV for fluids and administering medications. For cats that have digestive issues, the vet may give them medications to reduce these symptoms.
The prognosis is best for cats who receive prompt medical care after eating weed. In the future, it’s best to keep all weed out of your cat’s reach, including edibles. It’s a good idea to keep weed and edibles in a cabinet that’s locked to keep your cat out. You’ll both be happier for it!