Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Paracetamol poisons cats

Thursday, August 25, 2016



Paracetamol, packaged under the trade names of Panadol, Panadeine, Dymadon, Panamax, and many others, is highly toxic to cats. Never administer paracetamol or any other pain-killer to your cat without direct advice from your vet.

Cats metabolise paracetamol differently to dogs and humans. The cat's liver breaks paracetamol down to a toxic chemical which damages the liver and reduces the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body.

The signs of paracetamol toxicity in cats include brownish gums, difficult breathing and a fast heart rate. Many become very flat and develop swelling of the paws and face. Without treatment they vomit and pass dark brown urine, and their skin may change colour to yellow(jaundice). Cats dosed with paracetamol die if they are not taken to the vet and treated within an hour or so.

Aspirin is equally dangerous but more subtle in its effects. Aspirin damages cats’ kidneys and irritates their stomachs.

Very few pain medications are safe for cats. Only give medications prescribed by your vet for your particular puss.


Search Blog

Recent Posts


cognitive dysfunction skin cancer cat behaviour head itchy whiskers blindness tablet feline herpesvirus opening hours calicivirus blue panadeine sore eyes high blood pressure poisoning thyroid cta fight bladder stones pet insurance urine herpesvirus attack paracetamol senses obese toxins kidney disease snakes renal disease corneal ulcer eye ulcer mycoplasma unwell nails liver lame biopsy xylitol Hill's Metabolic aerokat blockage intestine blood test flea treatment anaemia vaccine sense of smell kitten play cat enclosures snakebite hairball hunched over sudden blindness worming cancer crytococcosus chlamydia cat history holes skin fits cystitis rolls introduce toxic new cat litter box odour vaccination adipokines groom eyes introducing lick face rub blood in urine rub visit weight loss old pheromone best clinic grass home blood pressure appetite asthma depomedrol enteritis fleas twitching allergy award worms tartar unsociable sensitive stomach gifts examination check-up ulcer cage new year furballs panleukopenia urination hard faeces pancreatitis litter echocardiography introductions open night anxiety holidays dementia introduction cranky holiday spray open day hiding sick wobbles pica overweight panamax euthanasia dry food straining cough on heat hearing indoor cats lilly bladder lily paralysis tick allergy, polish noisy breathing snuffles revolution outdoor cat arthritis blind meows a lot cat diarrhoea paralysed New Year's Eve change lump cat flu photo competition vocal radioactive iodine cat friendly roundworm behaviour change scratching blocked cat new kitten bed house call IBD vomiting jumping abscess Canberra Cat Vet decision to euthanase breathing difficult seizures health check catoberfest christmas plants feline enteritis hypertrophic cardiomyopathy pain inflammatory bowel disease bad breath competition tumour body language enclosure eye infection in season strange behaviour poison furball cat worms annual check signs of pain not eating spraying diuretics fear ribbon tapeworm scratch tradesmen love kidneys fever heavy breathing advantage prey snake bite pred senior thirsty ulcers flu marking salivation dental treatment snake food puzzles tick joints physical activity stress cortisone old cat kibble snot exercise kitten desexing feliway snuffle paralysis sneeze moving flea prevention dental check headache hypertension mouth breathing nose scabs changed antiviral ACT information night massage diet lymphoma learning hyperthyroidism weight control drinking more grooming cat vet constipation train best vet heaing hyperactive spey cat enclosure prednisolone abscess,cat fight kittens mince petting cat client night mental health of cats poisonous dilated pupils fireworks pill rough play pet birthday poisonous plants panleukopaenia urine spraying African wild cat bump runny eyes antibiotics teeth hole FIV weight comfortis urinating outside litter training wet litter touch dymadon panadol runny nose blood off food fluid pills plaque poisons gasping when to go to vet sore ears drinking a lot pain relief collapse microchip insulin skinny diabetes pain killer aggression obesity aspirin best veterinarian AIDS best cat clinic brown snake enemies fight fat hunting heart disease yowling painful FORLS restless pet meat ulcerated nose sensitive urinating kitten deaths vision sore behaviour appointment carrier cat containment foreign body holes in teeth castration rash scale cat fight conflict checkup bite sick cat dental computer activity hunter desex socialisation hunters vomit feline AIDS scratching post stare into space virus thiamine deficiency home visit kidney string wool free permethrin Canberra lilies sun aggressive cryptococcosis stiff eye mass urinating on curtains or carpet return home slow rigid head tooth hospital vet visit sucking wool fabric breeder hungry goodbye


A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions