Can Cats Have Chocolate? (September 2019)

We all know that dogs can’t eat chocolate because it’s toxic for them, but what about cats?

Can cats have chocolate, is chocolate toxic for cats?

Let’s find out.

Can Cats Eat Chocolate?

Cats don’t always go for the food we eat because they can be pretty picky, but they can be coaxed to eat it by those who don’t know any better.

With that in mind, chocolate can be very lethal to cats, so never give yours any.

Chocolate, no matter what kind it is, contains theobromine, which is a naturally occurring plant alkaloid that is very toxic to kitties.

Caffeine is also found in chocolate and is very poisonous for cats to have, too.

Symptoms of Chocolate Poisoning in Cats

Listed below are the most common symptoms of chocolate poisoning in cats that you need to watch out for:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Nausea
  • Excessive urination and thirst
  • Restlessness
  • Increased body temerature
  • Hyperactivity
  • Muscle twitching and/or tremors
  • Rapid panting and/or breathing
  • Seizures
  • Low blood pressure
  • Coma

If you see any of the above symptoms, make sure you get your cat to the vet as soon as possible.

Get to the Vet!

Even if there are no symptoms currently present, if you think your cat has ingested chocolate, even if it’s a small amount, get to the vet as soon as you can.

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