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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Top Household Hazards for Cats

Your cat is curious, sticking his nose into random spaces and places. Exploring may expose him to some not so obvious dangers in your home. It just takes a bit of time and know-how to “cat-proof” your house so your kitty stays healthy and safe.

Human Medicines

Some human over-the-counter and prescription medicines pose a serious threat to your cat, so keep them in a place he can’t get into.

Antidepressants
Cancer medicines
Cold medicines
Diet pills
Pain relievers (acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen)
Vitamins and other supplements
You may have heard that some common medicines work for people and cats. Never medicate your cat without first talking to your vet, though -- it's easy to give your cat a fatal overdose.

Human Foods

Many cats crave people food, but this human fare can be poisonous to your feline:

Alcohol
Caffeine (coffee, soda, tea)
Chives
Chocolate
Garlic
Grapes
Onions
Raisins
Xylitol (found in sugarless gums, candies, toothpastes)
Yeast dough
Indoor and Outdoor Plants

Common houseplants -- as well as ones that you may bring into your home -- can be hazardous to your cat's health:

Aloe
Azaleas
Chrysanthemums
Lilies
Marijuana
Mistletoe
Poinsettia
Rhododendron
Tulips
Insecticides and Other Chemicals

Some chemicals taste especially good to cats. To prevent accidental pet poisoning, keep these and all chemicals locked away:

Antifreeze
Bleach
Detergents
De-icing salts (which pets may walk through, then lick from their pads)
Dog flea and tick medication (pills, collars, sprays, shampoos)
Fertilizers
Herbicides
Insect and rodent bait
More Household Hazards

These common household items can choke or strangle your cat. Some may even lead to intestinal blockages.

Chicken bones
Dental floss, yarn, string
Holiday decorations, including lights and tinsel
Toys with small or movable parts
If Your Cat’s Been Poisoned

Every moment matters if you think your cat has been exposed to something toxic.

Call your vet. Post your veterinarian's phone number in an obvious place, along with the number for the Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435. They can help you know what to do next.

Collect samples. Take samples of vomit, stool, and the poison your cat consumed to the vet with your cat.

Watch for symptoms. Symptoms of poisoning in cats include:

Breathing problems
Confusion
Coughing
Depression
Diarrhea
Dilated pupils
Gastrointestinal irritation
Salivation
Seizures
Shivering
Skin irritation
Tremors
Vomiting
Weakness

Educate. After your cat recovers, call your poison control center or humane society to let them know what happened to your pet, so they can track problem poisons and help prevent other pet poisonings.


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  • HAWAII5YEARS
    A lot of the same dangers as to dogs. It's a great time of year to remind people of the hazards to their pets. Thank you for doing it!

    Glad to hear about KC--give him a little scratch from me!
    1400 days ago
  • GARDENSFORLIFE
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  • CHRIS3874
    Thanks I had to chuckle at the dental floss we had a stray (he died of cancer age 3) but he used to gag if he tasted or smelt mint - well one day my son had left some dental floss on the floor and Jimmy found it - apparently he was alternating trying frantically to eat it and then gagging as soon as he got it in his mouth - he had it taken away from him shortly.
    1402 days ago
  • LYNNA1968
    thank you for making us aware
    1402 days ago
  • PEPPYPATTI
    Thank you for the info! My cats get into everything so I have them pretty much secure. I even put baby locks on the cabinets-lol!
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    1402 days ago
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