You work hard to keep your cat in good health. You feed him/her quality food, try to keep him/her active, keep an eye out for any abnormal behavior and take him/her to the vet if he’s not eating enough. But what if you were unknowingly putting your cat in danger all day, every day? Unfortunately for many pet owners, that might actually be the case. It is important if be aware of Toxic things that you cat could be exposed to.
Our houses are filled with everyday items that have the potential to make cats extremely sick – and we might not have any idea. That’s why we put together a list of some of the items you might have lying around your home that are actually toxic to cats, so you can take precautions to keep your feline safe:
Lilies are extremely toxic to cats. They can cause severe kidney damage or kidney failure if cats ingest them. You might think that keeping lilies out of your pet’s reach is enough to prevent accidental consumption, but it may not be. If your cat gets pollen from a lily on its fur, and then grooms itself, the results could be just as bad.
Tulips contain Tulipalin A and B, which are compounds that are toxic to cats. According to the ASPCA, the tulip bulb contains the highest concentration of toxins and presents the most danger to cats. However, if animals ingest tulip leaves or pollen, they might exhibit vomiting, diarrhea, depression, or hypersalivation, and you should contact your vet as soon as possible.
Azaleas are dangerous for both cats and dogs due to the grayantoxin they contain. If cats ingest any part an azalea plant, they might exhibit gastrointestinal distress (diarrhea, vomiting, drooling, etc.), cardiovascular problems (cardiac arrest, hypertension, or abnormal heart rate), or nervous system issues (depression, seizures, or tremors).
It may be the most festive of holiday plants, but poinsettias can be dangerous to cats. According to Pet Poison Helpline, they’re not nearly as toxic as lilies, tulips, or azalea, but they can still cause vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, or skin irritation.
Be careful not to leave chocolatey treats out where cats can get them. Everybody knows that chocolate is bad for dogs, but it’s even worse for cats. Chocolate is made with cacao beans, which contain caffeine and Theobromine, which can cause vomiting, seizures, low blood pressure, rapid breathing, diarrhea, and muscle rigidity.
Fertilizers and pesticides
Fertilizers and pesticides don’t just pose a danger for outdoor cats, they can cause harm to indoor cats as well. The chemicals found in fertilizers can transfer to your clothes and shoes when you walk around outside and be tracked indoors. They can then pose a danger to your cat and cause symptoms like weakness, difficulty breathing, vomiting, or dizziness.
Onions and garlic
Plants in the onion and garlic family are all harmful to cats, but onions are the worst culprit. A substance called N-propyl disulfide, which is found in onions, can cause gastrointestinal distress or destroy blood cells. Depending on the amount of consumption and your cat’s medical history, this could lead to Heinz Body Anemia.
Over-the-counter pain medications
All of the common OTC pain medications (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and NSAIDS) are all dangerous to cats. They cause stomach ulcers, kidney failure, or even death. Keep them sealed in containers and out of the reach of pets.
This list is just a start. There are many foods, cleaning products, plants, and medications that are toxic to cats. If your pet is exhibiting symptoms of illness, contact us.
In general, the best way to protect your pets is through prevention by keeping potentially dangerous substances out of their reach.