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Vet_Dr.Drea, Cat Veterinarian
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Experience:  Boarded, licensed, and accredited veterinarian. Interests: general medicine, ophthalmology (eyes).
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How do you neutralize permethrin on a cat's fur?

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How do you neutralize permethrin on a cat's fur?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Vet_Dr.Drea replied 2 years ago.
Hello, as a licensed veterinarian I am happy to assist you.
As it sounds like you know, permethrins are highly toxic to cats and can be fatal is absorbed. Though there is no way to "neutralize" it, you can wash off as much as possible to minimize absorption. Most products are oil based so using a soap such as a dish detergent is a good way to go. Pet shampoos would be fine as well. **Be careful not to get any soap in his eyes**
Since this is urgent I am going to send you this response, then I will send a second response in a few minutes with the clinical signs of toxicity I want you to watch for...
Expert:  Vet_Dr.Drea replied 2 years ago.
After you wash as much of the permethrin containing product as possible off of Sinclair, it is important that you watch him closely for the following signs and **rush him to a veterinarian immediately if any of them develop** for aggressive treatment and supportive care:
Loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, dilated and/or fixed pupils, facial twitching, skin twitching, ear flicking, paw shaking, disorientation, hyperactivity, staggering/incoordination/problems moving or walking, tremors, seizures, unresponsiveness, difficulty breathing
**Please note that while in most cases signs develop within the first few hours, it is possible for signs to develop as late as 72 hours later, so monitor Sinclair closely for the next few days**
Lastly, if Sinclair ingested any of this toxic (either directly or through grooming) he should be rushed to a veterinarian immediately so they can remove as much as possible from his GI tract and monitor and treat symptoms which are very likely in that scenario.
Again, this class of compounds is HIGHLY toxic to cats so prompt removal of as much as possible and aggressive treatment by a vet if he shows any signs are imperative for his survival.
Please let me know how Sinclair does- I hope all turns out ok. Please feel free to respond with additional questions and once you are satisfied with my answer please don't forget to rate me so I receive credit for my time.
All the best to you and Sinclair,
Dr. Drea
Expert:  Vet_Dr.Drea replied 2 years ago.
Hi Julie,

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