Glow stick liquid dangerous to cats?

My cat just bit into a glow stick and got the liquid all over her fur and in her mouth, is this liquid dangerous?

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    By: Erika Raines El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    According to one glow stick manufacturer, the fluid inside a glow stick is not toxic, but may be irritating if it is ingested or if contact with the eyes occurs. This applies to both humans and cats. The liquid does taste bad, however, and will probably irritate the lining of her mouth. You can lessen this irritation by cleaning the fluid off of her fur to decrease her ingestion of it and offering her water, a small amount of milk, yogurt or tuna water to dilute the taste of the fluid in her mouth. She may drool or be agitated for a few minutes after biting the glow stick. Presumably these signs are due to the bad taste, and no permanent damage should result. If she consumed a large amount, she may have transient vomiting, diarrhea or loss of appetite due to the irritating properties of the fluid. If any of these signs last more than 24 hours, you should seek veterinary attention as she may need supportive care for a short while to overcome these effects.

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