Antifreeze Warning for Owners After Agonising Death of Much-Loved Cat

Antifreeze Warning for Owners After Agonising Death of Much-Loved Cat

An proprietor whose cat died from suspected antifreeze poisoning has joined Cats Protection’s marketing campaign to lift consciousness of the risks of the product to cats.

Eighteen-month-old Missy is assumed to have swallowed antifreeze close to her house in Skipton, North Yorkshire, earlier than turning into severely unwell.

Her distraught proprietor Ann Bolland mentioned: “I realised one thing was improper when Missy appeared a bit subdued one morning, and inside the hour I might see she was going downhill. I received her to the vets rapidly nevertheless it was too late, her physique had begun shutting down. She was disorientated, her organs have been failing and the vet mentioned all of the indicators have been pointing to antifreeze poisoning.

“Within a couple of hours, she needed to be put to sleep. Her deterioration in such a short while was completely horrific to witness – she had been a wholesome, energetic and full of life cat, and all of the sudden she was gone.

“The day earlier than had been a vivid, sunny February day with a heavy frost forecast, so I believe she had someway come throughout it when somebody was topping up their automobile with antifreeze. I had no thought of the dangers to cats of antifreeze and I’d urge anybody utilizing it to be extraordinarily vigilant that there aren’t any cats round. Losing Missy in such a traumatic method has had an enormous impact on me, I’m an enormous animal lover and have at all times owned pets, however I’m unsure I can convey myself to have one other.”

Cats Protection, the UK’s largest cat charity, is campaigning for higher labelling of the product and has urged homeowners to be vigilant if their cats have entry to garages or sheds the place it might be saved.

Madison Rogers, the charity’s Senior Advocacy & Government Relations Officer, mentioned: “Antifreeze incorporates a substance which is especially dangerous to cats and may show deadly if ingested, because it appears was tragically the case for Missy.

“It solely takes a spillage on the driveway or a cat strolling by a puddle after which grooming its fur for the poison to be ingested. This rapidly impacts a cat’s kidneys, with injury generally so extreme that the cat might not survive.

“This summer season, we’d urge homeowners to verify any shops of antifreeze in sheds or garages are securely avoided cats. And anybody doing checks on their car needs to be aware of how harmful antifreeze could be for cats, so you will need to wipe up spillages instantly and never depart bottles on the driveway unattended.

“Many motorists are fully unaware of how harmful antifreeze could be, and we’d prefer to see higher labelling on merchandise. Such a easy measure might assist stop the deaths of many cats and save their homeowners the ordeal of seeing their beloved cat endure.”

This yr Cats Protection’s advocacy work is being supported by gamers of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Stephanie Kerr from the charities group at People’s Postcode Lottery mentioned: “As a cat proprietor myself, I’m more than happy that gamers of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting Cat Protection’s advocacy work on these points. None of us need a pet or another animal to change into in poor health or endure when it may be simply prevented by elevating consciousness of the risks of frequent family merchandise.”

To discover out extra concerning the risks of antifreeze, please go to Cat Poisoning Symptoms and How to Spot It | Cats Protection

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