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This Easter - keep chocolate away from your pets

21 April 2019
This Easter - keep chocolate away from your pets
Although they’re not normally as curious about people foods as dogs are, cat (and kittens in particular) can sometimes eat things they aren’t supposed to eat, including chocolate. Certain properties in chocolate can be toxic to cats when they’re ingested, specifically, caffeine and theobromine, and eating these can lead to medical complications—some of which may be serious—in your cat. 

If your cat is experiencing chocolate poisoning, it may have one of the following symptoms:
•Vomiting
•Diarrhea
•Increased body temperature
•Increased reflex responses
•Muscle rigidity
•Rapid breathing
•Increased heart rate
•Low blood pressure
•Seizures
•Advanced signs (cardiac failure, weakness, and coma)

These symptoms will vary based on the amount and type of chocolate that is ingested and can influence the severity of the condition. 

If you suspect your cat has ingested chocolate and is experiencing any of the above symptoms, bring it to your vet immediately. 
 
The best form of preventing chocolate toxicity is to always keep chocolate out of your cat’s reach and be wary of feeding them anything that might contain chocolate.