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Coconut Water [Nov. 23rd, 2010|11:20 am]
Cat Health


So, last night my cat, Munchie, drank some of my coconut water. Initially he seemed ok, but after about 15 minutes, he started acting kind of loopy. He was breathing a little hard and he seemed to cycle between sedate and hyper active. About an hour later, I walked past him and turned on the hall light, which got a reaction from him like, "O.M.G...YOU'RE MAGIC!" The long and short of it was that he seemed to be tripping balls.

At first, I just noticed the heavy breathing and thought it was the beginning of an asthma attack, so I got his inhalers and gave him a couple puffs. By the time we all went to bed, he seemed back to normal. No heavy breathing, he settled down pretty quickly and slept soundly through the night. This morning, his behavior was completely normal.

So, I'm wondering if coconut water can cause this sort of reaction. I did a quick google search and I didn't find anything that mentioned these symptoms, so I'm turning to you guys. As a side note, he didn't seem to be in distress at any point and was purring pretty loudly for most of the night.


[User Picture]From: silaren
2010-11-23 07:54 pm (UTC)
Based on what I could find, coconut water is high in potassium.

The potential danger then is "hyperkalemia" (excessive potassium). Here's the first link via google for "feline hyperkalemia": http://www.ehow.com/list_6760326_feline-hyperkalemia-symptoms.html

This is unlikely to be a serious problem if the cat's kidneys are working correctly, since the amount of excess potassium in the kidney water should be relatively small (of course it will also depend on body weight and amount consumed). (The kidneys maintain, among other things, the sodium/potassium/calcium ion balance in blood plasma.) As long as he's still peeing... :-)
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[User Picture]From: reddragonfire
2010-11-23 08:02 pm (UTC)
Yikes! Well, no more coconut water for him!

Thanks for the info, he had used the litter box when I left for work this morning, and he only drank about a tablespoon before I stopped him.
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[User Picture]From: silaren
2010-11-23 08:13 pm (UTC)
Er, in the "coconut water", not "kidney water" :-)
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[User Picture]From: jennifer0246
2010-11-23 10:56 pm (UTC)
I think your cat was acting like a bizarro cat last night, and the tablespoon of coconut water it ingested is irrelevant.
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[User Picture]From: sylvarthorne
2010-11-24 12:01 am (UTC)
That is a HILARIOUS story. Also, your cat is omfg-adorable. Glad it sounds like the coconut water didn't do him any harm :)
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[User Picture]From: sageincave
2010-11-24 12:17 am (UTC)
Your cat is adorable. Love the fuzz!
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[User Picture]From: favoritehate
2010-11-24 02:20 am (UTC)
i give my cats coconut oil and they LOVE it. i would assume coconut water would be less intense than that.. but what do i know.
when my cats eat things they shouldnt, or try something new, they act a tad insane afterwards. i find it hilarious once i stop freaking out.
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