Your cat is curious, sticking his nose into ran- dome 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.
- 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 over- dose.
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:
• Chrysanthemums • Lilies
Insecticides and Other Chemicals
Some chemicals taste especially good to cats. To prevent accidental pet poisoning, keep dog flea and tick medication (pills, collars, sprays, shampoos)
• 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
• Dilated pupils
• Gastrointestinal irritation • Salivation
• Skin irritation
KEEP all chemicals locked away: Antifreeze
And remember to call your veterinarian! He or she is your best answer for health and care for your pet.