Top Household Hazards for Cats

Your cat is curious, sticking its nose into random places. But their exploration may expose them to some not-so-obvious dangers in your home. It just takes a touch of your 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 serious threats to cats, so keep them during a place they can’t get into, including:

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 give your pet any pills without first lecture your vet, though — it is easy to offer them the incorrect medicine or an excessive amount of, which may kill them.

Human Foods

Your kitty may beg once you sit right down to eat (or attempt to steal some bites when you’re not looking), but some human foods are often poisonous for them, including:

Alcohol

Caffeine (coffee, soda, tea)

Chives

Chocolate

Garlic

Grapes

Onions

Raisins

Xylitol (found in sugarless gums, candies, toothpaste)

Yeast dough

Indoor and Outdoor Plants

Common houseplants — and a couple of others that you simply may bring into your home — are often hazardous to your cat’s health, including the following:

Aloe

Azalea

Chrysanthemum

Hyacinths

Lily

Marijuana

Mistletoe

Poinsettia

Rhododendron

Tulip

Insecticides and Other Chemicals

Some chemicals taste especially good to cats. to stay them safe, keep any chemicals locked away, especially:

Antifreeze

Bleach

Detergents

De-icing salts (which pets may rehearse, then lick from their pads)

Dog flea and tick medication (pills, collars, spot-on flea treatments, sprays, shampoos)

Fertilizers

Herbicides

Insect and rodent bait

More Household Hazards

Watch out for common home items that will choke or strangle your cat. Some may even block their intestines if they swallow them.

Chicken bones

Dental floss, yarn, or 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 that your cat has been exposed to something toxic.

Call your vet. Post the clinic’s telephone number in a clear place, they will assist you to know what to try to do next.

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

Watch for symptoms. Often, cats will show these signs directly. But some symptoms can show up more gradually. Signs to observe include:

Breathing problems

Confusion

Coughing

Depression

Diarrhea

Dilated pupils

Drinking more and urinating more

Upset stomach

A lot of salivae

Seizures

Shivering

Skin irritation

Tremors

Vomiting

Weakness

Educate. After your cat recovers, call your poison center or humane society to allow them to know what happened so that they can track problem poisons and help prevent harm to other animals.