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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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My cat may have consumed some ant poison with the active

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Hi, My cat may have consumed some ant poison with the active ingredient of Avermectin B1 at .01%
It seems like he couldn't have gotten much out of the container. What tipped us off though is for a moment he acted as if he was drunk. He acted that way for maybe a few minutes and now is acting completely normal.
What should I do?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

Ian, it takes quite a bit of avermectin to intoxicate a cat. We dose cats with similar drugs when prescribed as a heartworm preventative or insecticide. Toxicity doesn't appear within minutes. The avermectins are neurotoxins which take 12-96 hours to cause symptoms. I wouldn't induce emesis or treat in any manner. "Watchful waiting" over the next 24 hours is most reasonable. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.