December is here and so is the cold weather! We’ve had the first nights of frost here in London and many people – though not cat sitters – are hoping for a white Christmas!
This time of year it’s important to be extra vigilant about antifreeze. Antifreeze tastes quite sweet which is why cats – and kids (!) – are drawn to it. However, even if your cat only ingests a small amount it can be fatal.
How to avoid accidental poisonings:
- Never add antifreeze to garden water-features or ponds.
- Always keep antifreeze in clearly labelled, robust, sealed containers, away from pets and their environment.
- Clean up any spills immediately, no matter how small, and make sure pets cannot access the area until it is clean and safe.
- Always dispose of antifreeze safely and responsibly. Contact your local authority for advice.
Signs of antifreeze poisoning:
- Increased urination
- Increased drinking
- Lethargy (being abnormally sleepy)
- Appearing drunk and uncoordinated
- Seizures (fitting)
- Abnormally fast heartbeat
- Very fast, shallow breathing
If your pet shows any of these signs take them to a vet immediately.
The sooner veterinary treatment is received, the better their chances of survival.
If left untreated, pets can suffer and may die.
* From our partners at International Cat Care