How to Induce Vomiting in Cats

Induce Vomiting in Cats
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With so many things that are toxic for cats just in people's gardens alone, it can be easy for them to find their way into trouble. While you see your garden as colorful and beautiful, your cat sees it as an all you can eat salad bar. If kitty happens to have eaten or swallowed something that isn't good for her, inducing vomiting may be necessary. Depending upon the cat, this could be a two-person job.

Things You'll Need

  • Eye dropper
  • 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • Blanket or towel

Put 3 tsp. of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in a dropper. Don't let the cat see it.

Catch the cat. As silly as it sounds, cats seem to instinctively know when it's time for medicine, or bath time, or when it's time to go to the vet.

Wrap the cat in a towel or blanket like one would roll a burrito. This will help to prevent scars for you later. Cats tend to flail quite a bit when it comes to this sort of thing.

Hold the cat gently but firm. You don't want to squash the poor thing, but you also can't let them scratch you up and run away either.

Hold the cat with one arm (this is where the other person comes in handy) and open the cat's mouth by pressing the corners of the mouth gently.

Drop the hydrogen peroxide in as quickly as possible by placing the dropper between the cat's cheek and teeth. Don't squirt the liquid into the cat's throat as this will make it choke.

Rub the cat's throat gently or try blowing into the nose to encourage it to swallow.

Repeat if kitty hasn't vomited in 10 minutes. This can only be done three times at 10-minute intervals.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once vomiting has happened and floors are clean again, give the cat a treat or some special attention. Make amends.
  • Talk to the veterinarian before inducing vomiting. This is a miserable process that you and your cat shouldn't have to go through if you don't need to. Do not use more than 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Do not induce vomiting if the cat has swallowed something corrosive or a sharp object, has already vomited, is unconscious, or it has been more than two hours since swallowing the object.

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