What is the danger of letting my cat drink whiskey?

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While your cat might not necessarily find whiskey very appetizing, there are curious cats who will try anything. On the off chance that your curious feline does find whiskey delicious, there are several acute dangers of which you should be aware. Even the smallest amount of alcohol consumed by your cat can quickly lead to alcohol poisoning, which can be potentially life threatening.

Here are just a few of the health problems that your cat could be facing if they are allowed to drink whiskey or any other type of alcoholic beverage.

  • 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

Do your utmost to prevent your cat from having access to whiskey or any other alcoholic drinks in your home. If your cat does get into whiskey before you can stop them, then it is very important that you monitor your cat’s condition for at least two hours. If your cat begins to show any confusion or loss of coordination, it is very important that you make an appointment with your vet immediately.

Your vet’s treatment options could vary greatly based on the age of the cat, the amount of alcohol consumed, and several other health factors. The vet may try to induce vomiting or may use liquid charcoal to treat your cat, or may simply offer IV fluids in the hopes that the cat’s body can be flushed of the alcohol entirely.

The risks of severe health problems are simply not worth even allowing your curious cat one sip of whiskey, so be sure to keep all alcoholic beverages safely out of reach.

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