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.
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:
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.
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:
Caffeine (coffee, soda, tea)
Xylitol (found in sugarless gums, candies, toothpaste)
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:
Insecticides and Other Chemicals
Some chemicals taste especially good to cats. to stay them safe, keep any chemicals locked away, especially:
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)
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.
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:
Drinking more and urinating more
A lot of salivae
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.