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Is a Tablespoon of cacao powder in my smoothie dangerous cat

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Is a Tablespoon of cacao powder in my smoothie dangerous for my cat if he licks the rim?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Pearl Tjoa replied 6 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr Pearl, and I'd be happy to answer your question. How much cacao would you say was on the rim?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
It was about a heaping tablespoon in the 8 oz smoothie and on the sides of the tumbler and he licked about one and one half inches of liquid on sides.
Expert:  Pearl Tjoa replied 6 months ago.

It is very difficult to estimate the amount of cacao your cat has eaten. It is considered a toxic, and can cause problems with the heart of brain. How long ago did this happen, and is your cat acting normal right now?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
About 10 minutes ago and he is acting normal now.
Expert:  Pearl Tjoa replied 6 months ago.

If you give me the weight of your cat, I can try to calculate the "likelyhood" of toxicity based on 1 tablespoon, although we do not know how much your cat actually ate. This might give us a better idea if this is likely to affect your kitty.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
He weighs 13 #.
Expert:  Pearl Tjoa replied 6 months ago.

Do you have any packaging for the powder that says what percentage of cocoa it contains?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
It just says organic cacao powder-made from cacao pods.Brand is viva naturals
Expert:  Pearl Tjoa replied 6 months ago.

Based on a very concentrated powder (since we do not know how much your product has) and assuming the worst, if your cat ate the entire amount of the powder you put in, we do expect toxic effects. The signs could include vomiting, diarrhea for less severe to increased heart rate, seizures or tremors. In the worst case, this can lead to death. Also, each cat can respond differently. To be safe, I would advice to have your pet seen by a veterinarian for evaluation and/or observation.

Expert:  Pearl Tjoa replied 6 months ago.

It is difficult to know if your cat ate an amount that can cause any of those signs, but I can tell you for certain that this is a toxic product for cats. Based on your judgement of how much your cat ate, you can elect to monitor closely for any signs, or to be safe, bring your cat in to be evaluated.

Expert:  Pearl Tjoa replied 6 months ago.

I am not trying to scare you, but I do want you to be aware that this can potentially be toxic. It is possible that your cat ate a very small amount and may not have any effect, but I would be very careful with this product. Does this answer your question, or do you have any other questions?

Expert:  Pearl Tjoa replied 6 months ago.

If I can answer any other questions, or if you need additional clarification, feel free to continue the conversation. If you are satisfied with your answer, please accept the answer to close out the question.
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Expert:  Pearl Tjoa replied 6 months ago.

Hi Margaret,

I just wanted to follow up and see how your kitty is doing? At this point, you would have seen some signs if there would be any. Hopefully all is well and he is doing okay. Would love an update.

Best,

Dr. Pearl

Expert:  Pearl Tjoa replied 6 months ago.

Hi Margaret,

Just wanted to check in and see how your kitty is doing. I hope he is doing well! Would appreciate an update when you get a chance.

Best,

Dr. Pearl

Expert:  Pearl Tjoa replied 5 months ago.
Hi Margaret,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Pearl Tjoa