What is the danger of letting my cat drink tea?

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Cats are known to dip their heads into the food and drink that their owners are trying to enjoy. While this is a tiresome habit that owners have to deal with, it can also be potentially life threatening if your cat drinks your tea. If your cat ingests large enough quantities of the caffeine which is found in the majority of teas, his life could be at risk.

Here are some of the symptoms your cat may experience in the event of a caffeine overdose:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Restlessness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Coma

Caffeine is not just found in teas and coffee, but is also often found in chocolate, energy drinks, sodas, and some of the most popular over the counter painkiller medications. For this reason, it is not advisable to offer human painkillers to your cats.

Herbal teas are often less dangerous for your cat’s consumption, but it is still typically not advisable for felines to drink tea of any kind. Many herbs can actually be toxic to your cat, so while herbal tea may be incredibly beneficial for people, for your cat it could be deadly. If you believe your cat has ingested too much caffeine, it’s important that you take him to the vet as soon as possible. The sooner that you get your cat treatment, the better his chances are of making a complete recovery. The longer that you wait to seek out treatment, the fewer treatment options may be available.

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