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Are radish seeds an irritant?

Asked by ukasaka (57points) October 1st, 2008

We believe our cat may have gotten into them and he started to act oddly. Any ideas?

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SpatzieLover's avatar

I’d call the vet just to have peace of mind.

What are the details here? How many seeds? Do you think they were ingested? What type of behavior (odd) do you mean?

syz's avatar

Call the National Animal Poison Control Center. You’ll find the number at this website.

I find multiple references online to “wild radish seeds” being a toxin, but I’m not sure about the domesticated version.

Harp's avatar

The seeds contain thiocyanates, the same compound that gives horseradish its burn. It’s probably irritating your cats mucous membranes, which would explain the strange behavior.

Thiocyanates are toxic taken in significant quantities. They can cause inhibition of iodine uptake by the thyroid, which leads to hormone problems.

There is not an enormous amount of thiocyanate in radish seeds. They’re quite safe for human consumption.

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