How harmful is tea to cats? You may have wondered this when your cat tried to sip a sip while you brew a pot of tea. If humans can drink tea, can cats take a sip or two?
The short answer is that cats cannot safely drink tea. Many teas contain caffeine, which can lead to serious health problems. While some teas that do not contain caffeine may be beneficial for your cat, there is also the possibility that the tea contains other ingredients that could upset your cat or prove toxic.
Here’s what you need to know about tea and cats.
Why is tea bad for cats?
The problem with tea for cats is usually the presence of caffeine, which is a stimulant. When a cat drinks tea, it can lead to increased heart rate, hyperactivity, restlessness, and a tendency to vocalize constantly.
Some of the other symptoms that can result from a cat drinking caffeine include:
- Have a fever
- Needs to urinate more often
- High blood pressure and irregular heartbeat
In very severe cases, cats can go into a coma or even die.
In addition to the caffeine problem in many teas, there is also the possibility that herbal or fruit teas contain other ingredients that could also prove toxic to a cat.
Examples of these ingredients include citrus fruits, essential oils, and artificial flavors or sweeteners.
What should I do if my cat has tea?
If you discover that your cat has sneaked in tea, it is important to find out how much she drank. A few small sips may not be a cause for concern, but be sure to monitor your cat closely for the common symptoms listed above.
Call an emergency veterinarian if your cat has symptoms that are worrisome or if you suspect that your cat has ingested a large amount of tea.
Depending on the severity of the case, your veterinarian may suggest a number of remedies. This may include an intravenous infusion, prescribing activated charcoal to absorb toxins, and inducing vomiting.
Has your cat ever drank from your tea? Did you show any symptoms? Let us know in the comments below!