Can Cats Have Caffeine or Is it Unsafe

January 24, 2019

Can Cats Have Caffeine or Is it Unsafe

Some of us are dependent on caffeine, more than we would care to admit.


Our day starts with freshly brewed coffee, and we drink energy drinks, soda, teas, throughout the day to keep our energy up. Caffeine now is a normal part of our daily lives.


But, can our furry friends have a taste?


The truth is that as we consume more caffeine, we make it more accessible to our cats as we’ve got a lot of energy drinks, diet pills, coffee grounds, sodas, teas, etc. in our houses---some we even leave unattended.


So, out cats can have a taste whenever they want.


In this blog post, I will answer the questions, “Can cats have caffeine?”in as much detail as possible.


So, let’s begin, shall we?

Can Cats Have Caffeine?: Yes or No

Never let your cat have caffeine as it is bad for him.


Caffeine intake causes your furry friend to have diarrhea and causes your furry friend to have difficulty in breathing. Your cat may even have tremors, and your cat’s nervous system can be thrown out of whack.


Sometimes, it can even affect your cat’s heart.

What’s the Issue With Caffeine?

Caffeine is a strong stimulant and has effects similar to hard drugs like heroin, cocaine, and amphetamines. So, it stimulates your brain just like these drugs do.


Excessive consumption of caffeine can cause caffeine poisoning in cats.


Caffeine affects the cat’s heart and nervous system, and symptoms of caffeine poisoning can occur even if your cats has only a little.


Following are the symptoms you should look out for:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Tremors

If your cat has caffeine in a high enough dose, it can even cause him to have difficulty in breathing and seizures.


Treating Cats That Had Caffeine

Your cat will show signs of caffeine poisoning one to two hours after he’s had caffeine.


If your furry friend accidentally got into some caffeine, such as coffee grounds, tea bags, etc. you don’t need to panic right away. Try to keep a close eye on your furry friend and look for the symptoms of caffeine poisoning.


If your cat only had a taste, the chances are that he won’t develop any of the serious symptoms and will be just fine.


If your cat got develop any of the signs of serious caffeine poisoning, you may have to rush him to emergency veterinarian care. There isn’t any direct antidote for caffeine poisoning available, so, your vet will do the following:

  • Induce vomiting to try and to prevent more caffeine from entering your cat’s bloodstream
  • Prescribe some anti-seizure pills to relieve symptoms
  • Use medicine to reduce blood pressure

Your vet will keep your furry friend at his office for the next few hours to keep a close eye on him.


It is a good idea to store tea bags, coffee, sodas, etc. as far away from your cat as possible. You should dispose of coffee grounds somewhere your cat can’t have access, and never leave a caffeinated beverage unattended.  

Summing Up: Can Cats Have Caffeine?

No, cats cannot and should not have caffeine as it is harmful to your cat to consume and may even cause death.


Caffeine poisoning is serious and can even cause death.


Store caffeine as far away from your cat’s reach as possible. You should also try and dispose of coffee grounds, tea bags, soda cans, etc. someplace where your cat can’t reach them. Never leave a caffeinated beverage unattended if your cat is around.


Exercising just a little bit of caution will help keep your cat healthy and happy.


Do you have questions? If so, leave them in the comments, and we’ll get back to you right away.




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