Chocolate Toxicity in Cats

Chocolate Toxicity in Cats

posted 24 Feb 2014, 03:13 by Victoria L   [ updated 24 Feb 2014, 03:13 ]

Cats, and especially kittens, are known for eating things they are not supposed to.

This can be a dangerous
combination when there is chocolate around. Also, cats have an excellent sense of smell, making it fairly easy for them to find secret hiding spots for the chocolate.
Chocolate is derived from the roasted seeds of Theobroma cacao, which contains certain properties that can be toxic to cats: caffeine and theobromine. When ingested, these two ingredients can lead to various medical complications and may even prove fatal for your cat.

Symptoms and Types

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Increased body temperature
  • Increased reflex responses
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Advanced signs (cardiac failure, weakness, and coma)

The amount and type of chocolate ingested is also important, as they are determining factors for the severity of the toxicity. The three types of chocolate that you must be aware of are:

  1. Milk Chocolate
  2. Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  3. Baking Chocolate