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Cats licked my hand with tea tree oil on it and I'm worried…

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Cats licked my hand...

Cats licked my hand with tea tree oil on it and I'm worried they'll get sick. At least 30 minutes after use.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if the cat will be able to digest that. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the cat?

No, they are healthy cats

Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on your cats, please?

Tea tree oil when ingested can cause vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system depression, hepatotoxicity (liver toxicity), and aspiration pneumonia. Cats are more sensitive than dogs. Fluids and thermoregulation (controlling body temperature) may be needed for a few days of supportive treatment.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
This many hours later one is up and walking around the other is kind of annoyed I woke him up to see how he is but is now walking around. They don't appear to be in any distress.
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

Thank goodness. They should remain well Thank you for taking the time to let me know.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
Hi Marlene,

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

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