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My Child Ate Cat or Kitty Litter

Jul 03, 2020
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Cat Litter/Kitty Litter



This information applies to children who have unintentionally swallowed a small amount. If the child swallowed more than one mouthful, is having symptoms, or if you are not positive of the exact substance or amount swallowed, call your local Poison Center immediately 1-800-222-1222 to speak to a nurse, pharmacist or physician for recommendations specific to your situation.  The call is free and confidential.


  • Toxicity Level:  Minimally toxic in small amounts, such as a mouthful or less.


  • What It Is:  Most cat litter contains clay or bentonite clay to absorb urine and odors.  Some cat litters contain silica gel or plant based products derived from pine, wheat or corn.


  • Possible Symptoms of Poisoning: Swallowing a mouthful or less of any type of cat litter should not cause any symptoms.  If larger amounts are eaten the following could occur: vomiting, constipation, or rarely an intestinal blockage.


  • What You Should Do: If your child is not having symptoms, give a few sips of water. If vomiting, constipation, or any other symptoms occur, call 1-800-222-1222.

NOTE:  If your child has gotten this substance in their eyes, please view our Eye Exposure information.



If you have any further questions about this substance, or if your child is experiencing any symptoms, call the poison center experts who are available 24/7 via the free, confidential helpline: 1-800-222-1222.   Don’t guess, be sure!



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