What is the danger of letting my cat drink beer?

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Alcohol should never be offered to cats, dogs or any other domestic pet. There are acute dangers of offering beer to your cat. While your cat might enjoy lapping up the beer, and it might be amusing for a while, the seriousness of alcohol poisoning will soon squelch any laughter.

Alcoholic beverages, and even foods that contain alcohol, can have incredibly dangerous effects on a cat’s system, and could be fatal. Here are some of the extreme health problems that your cat could be facing if allowed to drink beer:

  • Vomiting and diarrhea that could quickly lead to dehydration and kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Depression of the central nervous system
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tremors and seizures
  • Coma

A responsible cat owner will never allow their cat to drink beer, or any type of alcohol for that matter. If your cat drinks beer before you can stop it, for example, from a glass on the table, it is vital that you closely monitor its condition for the next few hours. If your cat starts to show any loss of coordination, stumbles or fails to keep his balance, you should immediately take him to see the vet.

The treatments that your vet can offer may vary greatly, depending on the severity of the cat’s intoxication, as well as the age of the cat and any other underlying health problems. The risks associated with your cat drinking beer are simply not worth allowing it even one curious sip.

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