Cat poisoned by a mouse: when it can happen and remedies

In the fight between cat and mouse it seems impossible that the first could succumb, yet it is so: when a cat is poisoned by a mouse, causes and remedies.

Perhaps only those who have seen ‘Tom and Jerry’ could have thought that a mouse could make fun of a cat in that way, yet it can sometimes happen that an animal that is bigger and bigger than a mouse succumbs. In fact, the case of a cat poisoned by a mouse is not uncommon : let’s see how it can happen, what the symptoms are and above all what to do to save his life before it’s too late.

Tom and Jerry and the eternal fight between cat and mouse: reality or legend?

The more one tries to grab it, the more the other with shrewdness and speed tries to escape from his paws: this is the eternal struggle between a cat and a mouse. Sometimes the feline manages to pounce on the prey and catch it , testing its innate instinct as a predator and at times, however, its search remains fruitless.

How many times have we seen cat come home with a ‘gift’ for us in his mouth? Often it is the mice that he managed to grab and squeeze between his teeth. But what happens if the mouse is eaten and ingested? In reality, what the cat always looking for mice wants is more a legend than reality, but in reality they are not great predators of rodents.

Cat poisoned by a mouse: how it happens and how to notice it

We certainly cannot know exactly where our cat goes and what it eats during its walks, when it goes away from home. While it is true that sometimes he can bring us ‘souvenirs’ of his short trips, sometimes it is up to us to understand what and if he ate something that is not properly in his diet.

The cat that has eaten a mouse, after a short period of time, may exhibit symptoms that should give us the alarm and make us understand that perhaps it has ingested a mouse. It will not be easy to understand this by looking closely inside his mouth for residues, but by observing his behaviour.

The greatest risk of when a cat eats a mouse is that the rodent could be poisoned and therefore make the same rat assimilate the same rat poison substances. The symptoms of cat poisoning  that should not be underestimated are:

  • general state of apathy,
  • lack of appetite,
  • lethargy,
  • episodes of vomiting and diarrhea,
  • traces of blood in vomit, stool and urine.

Cat poisoned by mouse (and rodenticide): how it acts on the feline

How soon could the first symptoms of rat poisoning appear in cats? The time span ranges from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 7 days : therefore on average after a few days from the ingestion of the poisoned mouse, the symptoms mentioned above may appear.

These are substances based on anticoagulant rodenticides, a poison that acts as an anticoagulant. This action therefore inhibits the function of coagulating factors and this results in episodes of very serious bleeding .

Cat poisoned by a mouse: remedies and treatment

If the vet’s diagnosis confirms the presence of the poison in your body, the only thing to do is to try to get it expelled through vomiting. The doctor will therefore have to induce the cat to vomit and reject those poisonous and toxic substances ingested.

As therapy, the administration of activated charcoal and vitamin K to the cat is often adopted; depending on the severity of the situation, the expert may also recommend that the feline have a blood transfusion. The only way to prevent this type of problem is to keep the cat away from these substances: we avoid using rat poisons and other toxic substances of this type.

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