Cat licked dawn dish soap while being washed – what to do next

Dawn dish soap isn’t toxic to cats but may still result in digestive symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting if a cat was to ingest it. The first step you should take is to rinse off the remaining Dawn dish soap water from the cat’s body. This is to prevent the cat from licking and ingesting more of the Dawn dish soap while it grooms and dries itself. An easy way to tell whether there is still some dish soap left on the cat’s body is by rubbing it with a wet towel.

Once the cat is fully dried, keep her isolated in an area of the house where you can keep a close eye on her. Your cat may start to show digestive symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting if the dish soap unsettles her stomach. Call the vet immediately if the symptoms worsen. The cat, for example, may start to act lethargic, develop pale gums, or refuse to eat any food (even its favorite treats).

Dawn dish soap is not ideal for bathing cats unless it’s used as a one-off for emergency situations. For example, some cat owners could decide to use Dawn dish soap to help get rid of the sudden onset of fleas in the cat’s body. We would recommend getting some flea-killing pet shampoo ahead of time in case it happens again.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.

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