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If your child is having symptoms or you don't know the exact substance or amount swallowed, call the Poison Center Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. This call is free and confidential.

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My Child Ate Cat Litter

cat litter
Cat Litter is Minimally toxic .

If your child ate a small amount of cat litter, give them a few sips of water and watch for vomiting or constipation. Call IPC at 1-800-222-1222 if symptoms develop. This call is free and confidential.

What to know: Cat Litter

  • Cat litter is also known as kitty litter, Fresh Step and Arm & Hammer.

Toxicity Level

What are toxicity levels?

My kid ate cat litter. Is cat litter toxic?

Clean cat litter is minimally toxic in small amounts. If your child ate a mouthful or less, no symptoms are expected.

Dirty cat litter is also considered minimally toxic. If you’re worried your child consumed dirty litter, you can learn more about animal poop here.

Symptoms of Poisoning

Eating a small amount of cat litter likely won’t cause any symptoms. If your child is not having symptoms, give them a few sips of water and monitor for vomiting or constipation.

Eye Exposure

  • Cat litter may cause irritation if exposed to eyes.

  • If your child got cat litter in their eyes, rinse by pouring clean, lukewarm water across the affected eye(s) for 15 minutes.
For more instructions, please see our page on eye exposure information.

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Poison Center HelplineCalls are free and confidential.

  1. In Case of Emergency

    Call 911 if someone is unconscious or is having difficulty breathing.

  2. Remain Calm

    Most poison emergencies can be resolved quickly over the phone.

  3. Call the Helpline

    Call 1-800-222-1222 if you are concerned that you or someone else has been exposed to a potentially harmful substance.