Although no amount of chocolate is good for your cat as little as 20mg of theobromine per pound weight of your cat can have a toxic effect.
That equates to about 15g or .5 Oz (3 blocks) of chocolate at one sitting to kill your cat.
Teach all the members of the family that chocolate is poisonous to pets.
How much chocolate is toxic to cats?
The toxicity levels are the same for cats and dogs. The toxic dose of theobromine and caffeine for pets is 100 to 200 milligrams per kilogram of the animal, or for every 2.2 pounds that the animal weighs. However, some reports by the ASPCA have noted problems at doses much lower than this like 20 milligrams.
What should I do if my cat eats chocolate?
Chocolate can be lethal for cats. Although most cats won’t eat it on their own, they can be coaxed to eat it by owners and others who think they are giving the cat a treat. The toxic agent in chocolate is theobromine. Eating chocolate can cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and death.
How much chocolate will kill a dog?
Approximately one pound of milk chocolate is poisonous to a 20-pound dog; one-half pound for a 10-pound dog. The average chocolate bar contains 2 to 3 ounces of milk chocolate. It would take 2-3 candy bars to poison a 10 pound dog. Semi-sweet chocolate has a similar toxic level.
Can cats lick chocolate?
Your cat is not going to hurt if it licks a little of chocolate ice-cream. So, the darker the chocolate, the more concentrated it is, which means it contains more theobromine. This simply means Dark chocolates are the worst for cats to ingest, but milk chocolates can cause issues if licked in large enough quantities.
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