What are the dangers of giving avocados or guacamole to my cat?

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Avocados and guacamole can be incredibly tasty snacks for humans, but for cats, they actually pose a potential health risk of which owners should be aware.

What makes avocados a potential problem for your cat? A toxin called Persin is found in the bark, seeds, leaves and the fruit of the avocado tree. Persin is incredibly toxic to the majority of domestic animals and can cause a great deal of upset in your cat. Some of the problems that cats face if they eat avocados or guacamole include the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Respiratory distress
  • Congestion
  • Fluid accumulation in the lungs and around the heart
  • Difficulty breathing

Ingesting any part of the avocado could be potentially fatal to your feline companion. With this in mind, it is absolutely important that you do not allow your cat to take a bite out of your avocados or get a taste of your guacamole.

The risks associated with one tiny taste may be minimal in larger cats, but these odds are not worth risking your cat’s life on, especially when it comes to smaller cats or those with weakened immune systems. If you suspect that your cat has been poisoned by Persin, you should immediately contact your vet to administer medical treatment. Swift action saves lives in cases of Persin poisonings.

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