Common Poisonings in Cats (cont.)

How to Induce Vomiting and Prevent Poison Absorption

Induce vomiting by giving the cat hydrogen peroxide. A 3 percent solution is most effective. Give 1 teaspoon (5 ml) hydrogen peroxide per 10 pounds (4.53 kg) body weight of the cat, with a limit of 3 teaspoons. If the cat doesn't vomit after the first dose, you may repeat every 10 minutes, up to three times, until the cat vomits. If possible, get your cat to walk around or shake him gently in your arms after giving the hydrogen peroxide. This often helps stimulate vomiting.

Once the poison has been cleared from the cat's stomach, give him activated charcoal to bind any remaining poison and prevent further absorption. The most effective and easily administered home oral charcoal product is compressed activated charcoal,which comes in 5-gram tablets (recommended for the home emergency medical kit).

This article is excerpted from “ Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook” with permission from Wiley Publishing, Inc.