What Are Millipedes?
Millipedes are small arthropods belonging to the class Diplopoda. They have long, segmented bodies and two pairs of legs per segment. There are about 12,000 species of millipede worldwide. Most millipedes live in damp places under rocks, logs or leaf litter and feed on decaying organic matter such as dead leaves and wood.
Are Millipedes Poisonous To Cats?
Millipedes are not poisonous to cats but they can be dangerous if eaten. The exoskeleton of a millipede has several sharp spines which could puncture a cat’s digestive tract if it is swallowed whole. If a large number of millipedes were consumed by a cat then it could cause intestinal blockage or irritation leading to vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Therefore it is best to keep cats away from areas where there may be large numbers of millipedes such as under rocks or logs in damp locations.