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The glowstick, unactivated.

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Pretty much it's a plastic cylinder with hydrogen peroxide (a clear
liquid, often used to clean cuts and bleach hair) and a glass vial full
of a substance called Cyalume (the yellow liquid) inside. The glass vial
is very thin walled, and when you bend the plastic, it snaps, and the
two liquids mix, reacting together, converting chemical energy into
light. I'm going to cut the top off, and get the two liquids out into
seperate containers, then mix them there.

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spencer says:

could a cat get killed if it was to bite and eat a part of a glowstick

22nd Jul 2006, 05:38

Lethe says:

Quite possibly. A glowstick contains Hydrogen peroxide (about 20-30% I believe) which is used as hair bleach/antiseptic. It's not that advisable to be drinking it, and will at best make you ill. The real worry though is the glass vial of Cyalume. Cyalume itself is non toxic, and funnily enough I was reading a site on the chemical make up of it a couple of days ago. The glass vial however, shatters very easily and leaves shards. If the cat were to eat those, it would lacerate it's inside and be rather painful if not fatal to said moggy.

22nd Jul 2006, 10:20

Jason Minshull(jasonminshull-at-yahoo-dot-com) says:

My cat just bit into one of them about 40 minutes ago and for a while he kept drooling every where but he seems much better now. He just keeps licking his lips.

14th Jan 2007, 11:48

Erin says:

Jason, was your cat ok? ..My cat bit into one as well..I rinsed out his mouth and all..but I just want to make sure there was no after affect

27th Jan 2007, 07:00

Jason Minshull(jasonminshull-at-yahoo-dot-com) says:

My cat was back to normal in about an hour. There was about 20 minutes of hardcore drooling but he never looked uncomfortable.

4th Jun 2007, 00:17

bee says:

my kitten bit into one yesterday and she went crazy. She wasm't just drooling she was foaming as well, and when i got her she scratched my whole arm like if there was no tomorrow. I managed to make her throw up and today I believe she feels better since she is all normal but holy sh.. I got scared and I was left with nice little remindings on my arm. I think she has learned her lesson too because every time I show her any glow stick she freaks.

10th Aug 2008, 16:53

dms says:

my cat just bit into 1 as well. what bis it with glow sticks. ihope by washing out his mouth will be enough. he was foaming like he had rabies. NOB EDD

26th Jul 2009, 10:43

KH says:

My cat got some of the juice in her mouth tonight...she was freaking out and running around--took me a bit to catch her! :( She's foaming a ton at the mouth, and drooling a long line of drool. I'm really worried.... I don't know how much she got, but I hope she doesn't get sick or die! What should I do?!

9th Aug 2009, 06:30

Lethe says:

Guys, please take your cat/kitten/small child to the vet, or Doctor in the case of the kitten if they do this. Better safe than sorry.

9th Aug 2009, 18:56

Julie says:

My cat just bit into a glow stick, She was foaming at the mouth and running around the house like crazy. I called poison control at 800-222-1222 and they said the chemical in the glow stick is non-toxic but burns the mouth. I washed out her mouth the best I could and gave her some milk. She seems to be better now.

31st Oct 2009, 03:38

A says:

This happened to me just a few moments ago. I read up on the ASPCA's site and a few others, including this one, and the cat should be fine. We were sooo scared when it happened, but now my kitten ate and drank and is sleeping soundly. Hope this helps others!

3rd Nov 2009, 00:15

Casey says:

my cat and i were playing with a glow stick and then she bit it. all the blue glow stuff was in her mouth and i was sooo worrieed tht she was going to die.then my mom took her to the sink and washed her fur and mouth out. now my cat is constinly licking herself. i dont know what to do. ill b devistated if she dies. Will she die or get sick? wat should i do? please help me asap. thanks

31st Dec 2009, 02:57

Casey says:

my cat and i were playing with a glow stick and then she bit it. all the blue glow stuff was in her mouth and i was sooo worrieed tht she was going to die.then my mom took her to the sink and washed her fur and mouth out. now my cat is constinly licking herself. i dont know what to do. ill b devistated if she dies. Will she die or get sick? wat should i do? please help me asap. thanks

31st Dec 2009, 02:57

jj says:

my cat (cleo) just bit into a glowstick i washed her mouth and fur out and gave her some milk i hope she will be ok

24th Oct 2010, 07:48

tay says:

My cat bit onto a glow stick about an hour ago she freaked and was foaming at the mouth and drooling, right away we washed her face and took a wash cloth inside her mouth, I have other cats so I took the cat that bit into the glow stick in the basement away from the other cats and by her liter box, when I did that I googled cat bit into glow stick, I got everything I needed to know she was going to be ok foaming or drooling is a reaction to the taste their trying to get it out of their mouth, make sure you give your cat liquids chicken broth, water, or the cat milk you can buy, tuna, wet cat food all helps delute the taste. If your cat didn't take in a lot of the glow stick liquid they should be fine. Just keep and eye on your kitty. Throw out the glow stick also.

8th Jul 2011, 17:31