How bad is alcohol for cats? You may have wondered if your cat tried to take a sip while enjoying a cold beer at the end of a warm summer day. If humans can drink alcoholic beverages, is it that bad if your cat has a taste?
The short answer is: cats absolutely cannot drink alcohol. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is pretty open about it being one of those substances you should never give a cat.
Here’s what you need to know about alcohol and cats:
Why is alcohol bad for cats?
The ASPCA advises that “under no circumstances should your pet be given alcohol”. This is because it can lead to a variety of negative problems and conditions for your cat.
Some of the most common symptoms that can occur in a cat who drinks alcohol include:
- It seems to wobble and lose coordination
- Difficulty breathing
- Experience tremors
In severe cases of alcohol poisoning, cats can suffer from central nervous system problems or go into a coma. The most extreme cases can prove fatal.
What should I do if my cat drinks alcohol?
Fortunately, while alcohol is definitely not a substance that you should give your cat willingly, there are some mitigating factors that can reduce the effects or chances of your cat drinking alcoholic beverages.
First, cats aren’t naturally drawn to the smell of alcohol, so there’s a good chance they’ll turn their picky noses up with every glass of wine or beer they come across.
Second, the amount and effectiveness of the drink your cat consumes is crucial. If you notice your kitten sneaking into a quick licking beer, there is a good chance they are fine. Just make sure you clear the alcoholic drink up close.
If you find that your cat has managed to drink a large amount of alcohol, be it by the amount or the strength of the drink, pay close attention to the common symptoms mentioned above.
Call your veterinarian and emergency animal clinic or the ASPCA Emergency Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 and follow their advice. If they advise you to take your cat to a medical facility, there is a high chance that the vet will give your cat intravenous fluids to help them recover.
Has your cat ever tried to take a sip of an alcoholic beverage? How do you ensure that human drinks are kept away from your cat? Let us know in the comments below!