Q. Should I be concerned if my cat ate a drop of habanero hot sauce?

A. If it was just a drop your cat will likely be fine. It is surprising that she tried it at all, as most pets do not like the taste of spicy flavored foods and it is actually used as a deterrent in training!

If your cat ate a larger amount, she may experience some digestive upset such as vomiting or diarrhea. A bland diet of plain boiled chicken can help soothe an upset stomach before returning to her regular food.

However, if the vomiting continues for more than a day, or she shows signs of illness such as confusion, disorientation or shaking, it may be that she either ate something else potentially toxic, or ate too much of the sauce and is experiencing adverse effects. These symptoms should be brought to the attention of your local vet or emergency clinic for care.

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