My Cat Ate An Aloe Plant – What Should I Do? (Solved & Explained!)

Did you catch your cat chewing on an aloe plant, and are unsure what to do? Are you considering taking her to the vet, but think that you may be overreacting?

If your cat has eaten an aloe plant, it is important to take her to a vet as soon as possible as your cat may have true aloe poisoning. There is a compound in aloe that is toxic to cats. Depending on the amount of aloe consumed, delaying treatment may cause organ failure.

While it may seem harmless for a cat to nibble on an aloe plant, the consequences could be dire if you do not act. This article will cover what true aloe poisoning is, how you can recognize it in your cat, and what to expect at the vet clinic if your cat has true aloe poisoning.

What in Aloe will Make My Cat Sick?

It may be confusing that an aloe plant can make a cat sick as aloe is commonly used medicinally, even in pets. It is not the gel inside of the plant that is toxic to your cat. It is the white latex just under the skin of the plant. This substance contains saponins, which will cause the symptoms of true aloe poisoning in your cat.

If you use aloe or aloe products in your home, it is important that the aloe plants be in an area where your cat cannot access them and that any aloe products used around the home be free of the toxic latex. Taking a few precautions to make sure your cat cannot access this poison can make all the difference for your sensitive feline friend.

What Symptoms will My Cat Have After Eating Aloe?

If your cat ate aloe, you may observe the following symptoms:

  • Red Urine
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Tremors (uncommon)

Keep in mind that some symptoms may be difficult to see. For example, it may not be obvious that your cat vomited, has diarrhea, or that the color of his urine has changed if your cat is outdoors. Keep your furry friend close to you so you can monitor him closely until you get to the vet.

If the aloe plant remains in your cat, it will continue to cause damage. One of the reasons it is important to get your cat to the vet as soon as possible after he ate aloe is so that your vet may induce vomiting. Never to try to induce vomiting yourself as this may lead to aspiration, which can cause serious illness in your cat.

What Will Happen at the Vet?

Your vet will want a sample of what your cat has eaten. If your cat was eating an aloe plant, cut a bit off as a sample for your vet. If your cat got into an aloe containing product, bring the product in for your vet to examine.

Taking your cat to the vet will be similar to a human visit to the doctor. Your vet will want to collect blood and urine samples from your cat. It may be necessary to do an X-Ray to check for possible organ damage or other health issues that may be contributing to your cat’s symptoms.

After inducing vomiting, your vet may pump activated charcoal into your cat’s stomach. The activated charcoal will absorb and neutralize any remaining aloe in your cat’s system. This allows the remaining aloe to pass through your cat’s system without causing further damage.

If your cat has become dehydrated through vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of appetite, it may be necessary to introduce intravenous fluids. For your cat’s urinary tract health, proper hydration is very important, so this may be a necessary step for your cat’s recovery. If organ damage has occurred, it may also be necessary to give oxygen therapy.

How Do I Care for My Cat After the Vet?

When you get home, your cat will need a quiet place away from other animals to rest. It is especially important to keep your cat isolated from other cats. Cats often hiss and reject a companion after a visit to the vet due to the unfamiliar smells that come home on the animal. After a few days, the smells will fade, and it should be safe to reintroduce the pets.

If your cat received medical attention quickly enough and did not consume large amounts of aloe, she should make a full recovery. If your cat experienced damage to any of her organs, the recovery period may be longer and require special care instructions from your vet.

Follow all instructions your vet gives you and be sure to take your cat to all scheduled follow up appointments. If something seems off with your cat during recovery, don’t hesitate to call your vet. Your vet is your partner in your cat’s recovery and will want to stay informed about any concerns that arise.

For many people, the cost of the vet is just too much when the medical care was not anticipated. You can help protect your cat and your pocketbook by obtaining pet insurance before your cat has an emergency. This can help offset costs and save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Be sure to research to see what plan works best for your budget and your cat.

Final Thoughts

To avoid a potential medical emergency, keep all aloe plants where your cat cannot get to them and make sure that any aloe products used in your home have the latex removed. True aloe poisoning in cats requires veterinary care and should not be ignored. Depending on the amount of aloe your cat consumed, its symptoms may be mild or severe.

If your cat ate an aloe plant, the sooner your cat gets medical attention at the vet, the sooner the toxins can be removed from your cat’s body and the less damage will occur. The number of interventions needed at the vet, as well as the recovery time, will depend on how much aloe plant your cat ate and how soon he got medical attention.