They say that curiosity killed the cat, but what about acrylic? Is acrylic paint toxic to cats? Well, the good news is that acrylic paints are safe for cats in small amounts, but the bad news is that if your cat ingests TOO much acrylic paint then vomiting and nausea may occur and a visit to the vet is a good idea.
In today’s article I’ll tell you a little more acrylic paint and cats so that you can get a better idea of the levels of dangers involved. I’ll give you a hint – they are fairly minimal. Let’s talk about acrylics and your kitty!
Is acrylic paint safe for cat’s paws?
If you are trying to capture a paw print in paint, acrylic would certainly be a safe option for this but it does come with a caveat – acrylic paint dries pretty quickly and it’s hard to get off. If you need to go with acrylics, there are some non-toxic children’s varieties or you might look at children’s finger paints.
These are usually going to be a better choice for when you have to wash off your cat’s paws. With acrylic paints, washing them off is going to be a matter of wetting the cat’s paws with vegetable or mineral oil and letting that oil sit for about 10 minutes.
While it’s not too difficult to get a dog to do this, getting a cat to stay still for it is another story. It’s much better to go with the children’s paints so that you can get the paint-print and then quickly wash the paws afterwards so that your cat doesn’t lick the paint.
Is it safe to paint with cats?
While it’s okay to paint with acrylics while your cat is nearby, other types of paint are not advised. The biggest problem where paints are concerned is going to be fumes. If your cat’s immune system is somewhat compromised, as the fumes put your cat at risk for lung inflammation.
This can be especially dangerous if your cat has a weakened immune system, as it can develop info life-threatening pneumonia. If you need to paint in the house, it’s best to close off that room and open the windows while employing a fan for added ventilation if possible.
Even better is to simply bring your cat in for boarding so that you can get the paintjob done with the doors open – after all, humans are vulnerable to paint and solvent fumes as well. That said, if you are just painting acrylics on canvas then you shouldn’t need to worry. The fumes should be mild enough that neither you nor your cat should experience any health issues or concerns.
What happens if my cat eats acrylic paint?
If your cat ingests a small amount of acrylics then it’s usually not a big deal. Your cat may have an upset stomach, but the acrylic paint should pass through their body quickly. There is some danger that the paint might irritate their mucous membranes or cause skin irritation but unless your cat is allergic then this should be minimal as well.
If your cat ingests a large quantity of paint, however, then nausea and vomiting will likely occur and a visit to the vet is going to be a good idea. Generally no cat will ingest so much paint, however, as a taste or two of it on their fur will generally compel a cat to stop trying to clean it off and to come to you and let their displeasure be known to you.
If this happens, put a little vegetable oil in your cat’s fur for about 10 minutes and this should loosen up the paint enough to clean it off with a bit of soap and water. You’ll just have to catch and hold a very angry, painted cat first!
In conclusion: It’s not good for them, but acrylic paint is only mildly toxic
In today’s article I’ve talked a little about acrylic paint and your kitty-cat. While acrylic paint is only mildly toxic in small amounts, you should definitely bring your cat in to the vet if they are showing signs of a severely upset stomach, such as vomiting or diarrhea. If you are trying to get a paw print with paint, avoid acrylic and go with children’s fingerpaints – they get the job done and they are easier to clean.
Finally, try to avoid painting around cats with any paints that produce strong fumes. These can cause lung inflammation or even pneumonia, so if you need to paint with these then the boarding house is a good idea.
If you’d like a little more information about painting around your pets, be sure to check out this 3rd party link here. It’s got a little more information on the subject, just in case you are still a little curious!