We knew that activated charcoal is an excellent material for filtering out impurities from cats’ water, which is why we offer activated charcoal filters in our thirstycat fountains shop. What I recently learned, from Martin Zucker’s book Veterinarians’ Guide to Natural Remedies, is that it is also excellent as a treatment for feline poisoning, which can come from ingesting medication, eating spoiled food or toxic plants.
Zucker says that activated charcoal is a “time tested, primary remedy that is always safe and never contraindicated.”
This means, among other things, even if you are not sure if your cat has ingested something poisonous, giving her activated charcoal will not harm her in the least, and may save her life if she has indeed been poisoned.
Activated charcoal, because of the slow burning, low oxygen process by which it is created, has tremendous absorption power, binding toxins to it by which they then exit the body. It is to be found in most hospital emergency rooms, says Zucker and is rated by the FDA as effective in absorbing many drugs, poisons and gases.
the Charcoal can be given as capsules or opened and fed with favorite foods. Zucker’s recommended dosage is 2 capsules or 1 teaspoon of the powder mixed in liquid. The treatment is for emergency situations and a visit to the vet should follow.