Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Healthy Cats

Select An Article

Top Household Hazards for Cats

    Font Size

    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:

    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.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Amy Flowers, DVM on September 30, 2014
    Next Article:

    Today on WebMD

    cat at table
    What's safe for them to eat?
    Maine Coon cat breed
    What they do and why cats have them.
    Kitten in litterbox
    How to solve them.
    cat meowing
    Why some cats are so talkative
    cat on couch
    Kitten using litter box
    sleeping kitten
    sad kitten looking at milk glass
    cat at table
    muddy dog on white sofa
    Maine Coon cat breed
    Pets: Behavior Problems in Cats