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.
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.
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.