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My cat ate some spicy oil and is now crying and sneezing profusely (5 replies)

Jojo23
6 months ago
Jojo23 6 months ago

I accidentally left some spicy oil  i fried meat in on a plate where she could access it before I left the house and I'm pretty sure my cat had some. When i got back she was sneezing a lot and her eyes were tearing up (more so on one eye than the other), I would think that it's fine if she wasn't still sneezing and tearing up (albeit not as much) three hours later, she's been doing a little sneeze about twice an hour now, and her eyes are continually tearing up it's gotten a bit better in the last twenty minutes but still. The oil had, black pepper, cumin, oregano, garlic, onion powder, and turmeric. Is this a normal reaction? 

Jojo23
6 months ago
Jojo23 6 months ago

Update I just saw her scratching at and trying to clean her eye, she's tearing up less, but there are still tears.

Melissa Smith
6 months ago
Melissa Smith 6 months ago
1 like by Dave Baker

Hi Jojo - I'm not a vet so not overly familiar with all the possible reactions that could be taking place with your cat and the spices she ingested. It sounds like she may have accidentally gotten some into her eye as well. If she is still worrying at her eye you probably need to give the vet a call. They may be able to offer you some safe solutions for at home care, or may need to see her to ensure that the eye is still sound. Good luck and please keep us posted!

On-guard
6 months ago
On-guard 6 months ago

Fried meat like chicken won't bother a cat, depending on spices. Some cats are allergic to beef. I'm not a vet either, but my cat had a reaction to the beef fancy feast. I'm almost sure that's the reaction. If not better now, take her to a vet.

Dr. Pippa Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS
6 months ago

Just a hunch, but I wonder if she got some spicy oil on her paw and then washed her face, transferring the oil to her eyes. That would make anyone's eyes water! 

Melissa Smith
6 months ago
Melissa Smith 6 months ago
1 like by Dave Baker

Just checking in, wondering how she is doing today - I hope much better!

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