Insectides can affect different animals very differently. Be VERY careful when using topical preparations to treat or prevent fleas on your cat. Some dog flea products can be extremely harmful to cats if accidently used.
Most insecticides are absorbed through the skin and can cause a number of symptoms depending on the active ingredient. These include intestinal upsets (vomiting/diarrhoea), liver and/or kidney dysfunction and seizures. Pets with a low body weight and young pets are most at risk of insecticide toxicity. Do not allow your pet to wash/lick itself until all the insecticide is removed from the coat.
It can take a few hours to days to see the signs/symptoms associated with an insecticidal toxicity, please contact us immediately if your pet has been exposed to an insecticide. We can advise a treatment plan as well as notify you of the signs of poisoning.
For immediate first aid treatment, please rinse the coat well for 5-10 minutes with tepid (not warm or hot) water. Use a plain pet shampoo or dishwashing liquid to remove the insecticidal residue.