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anyone around who can offer advice - kitten and rat poison. Vet not being helpful!

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NoYoureGrumpy Sun 02-Aug-15 10:36:56

So, on Friday, just over 48 hours ago, the 13 week old kitten got into a cupboard with rat poison in. It happened really quickly, but when I grabbed him out he was licking his lips. I took him straight to the vet who said we can start treating him as if he's definitely eaten some, or we can keep an eye on him and have his bloods done in 48 hours to check for clotting as it would take that long to take effect. (The kitten had a dose of charcoal to soak up anything in his digestive tract)

However, our vet is not open Sundays, so he rang round to find another local vet who would be able to do the blood test today. He found one for me and gave me the number to phone this morning.

So I've phoned this morning and the second vet's is saying nothing has been sent over, they know nothing about it, don't know what to do blah blah and generally being unhelpful.

The kitten is showing no signs of being under the weather at all - he's jumping around chasing things and getting in everyone's way, as per usual.

So, does anyone have any experience of this? I'm wondering if it's safe to just keep a really close eye on him, or if I should be finding another out of hours vet to do the blood test? I mean, he seems fine in himself, but would the symptoms of poisoning be hidden anyway?

Looking at the poison boxes, the design of them means it's possible he didn't get any poison, or just a tiny bit.

I really don't know what to do!

Mimigolightly Sun 02-Aug-15 10:42:42

Rat poison contains warfarin which stops blood from clotting. Ingested in large enough quantities, animals bleed internally and die. If your kitten is running around, eating, using the litter tray then I would say he's ok. I would, however, get a blood test tomorrow just to double check.

RepeatAdNauseum Sun 02-Aug-15 10:45:16

I'd keep a close eye on him today and take him for a blood test at your normal vets tomorrow.

NoYoureGrumpy Sun 02-Aug-15 11:09:36

thanks guys, I appreciate some other opinions.

He really is absolutely fine, running around and wrestling with anything in sight (our poor older cat is sick of being pounced on!).

The vet did tell me what symptoms to look out for.

RubbishMantra Sun 02-Aug-15 13:46:00

Do you have a Pets At Home locally? They have an in house vet (Vets For Pets) Open til 4pm on Sundays.

Is the poison out of reach to kitten now? It's obviously quite tasty, because when DH was a toddler, he was caught munching on some.

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