Most Common Household Cat Hazards

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Have you ever heard of the saying “Curiosity Kills the Cat”? Well, we’re going to assume you have. There’s a lot of truth behind this adage. Cats are curious by nature. This might be one of their cuter attributes. However, it can also get them into a ton of trouble.So, if you want your

cats to be safe

, make sure you eliminate these household hazards. If you don’t, you might be forced to deal with a dangerous situation involving your cat.

Medication

The ASPCA ranks human medication as one of the most significant hazards for household pets, including cats. In 2009, the ASPAC responded to over 40, 000 calls involving pets and human medication relayed issues. It’s common for pets, especially cats to play with prescription pill bottles or consume pills fallen on the floor.So, make sure your medications are kept out of reach of your cat. Also, check your floor for fallen pills as often as possible.

Human food

In case you didn’t know, some human foods can be dangerous for cats. Foods such as chewing gum, raisins, grapes, avocado and anything containing xylitol can cause poisoning in your furry little friend. In the year 2009, there were over 17000 reported cases of food related poisoning.The most common food hazard for cats and even dogs is chocolate. Chocolate contains high doses of methylxanthines. This chemical can cause serious problems for your cat including diarrhea, vomiting, hyperactivity, excessive thirst and urination, seizures, tremors, and disturbed heart rhythm.

Insecticides

Insecticides, as we all know, are toxic in general. Not only should you be careful with insecticides, even your pet cat needs to be kept away. The APCC, in 22009, responded to over 25,000 calls involving insecticide related poisoning among pets.Tick and flea products are some of the most significant risks. In most cases, these products were used on the wrong species, which often results in adverse scenarios. So, make sure all these items are kept out of reach. Also, talk to our veterinarian before starting any kind of treatment.

Plants

Cats can be sensitive to certain plants as well. In 2009, the APCC responded to over 7000 cases involving plant and pet related issues. Certain varieties of plants such as lilies, sago palm, azalea, kalanchoe, rhododendron, and schefflera are common across most households. Unfortunately, they can be very toxic for your cat.For example, lilies can cause kidney failure among cats.

Veterinary drugs

The last thing you would expect to be dangerous for your cat is veterinary medication. However, each medication has a specific purpose and when used outside of that purpose, they can be toxic. For example, if your cat ingests a topical agent, you could be looking at serious trouble.So, make sure even veterinary meds are kept under lock and key.

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