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How To: Protect Your Cat From Household Dangers
Even when an item seems harmless, it can become a danger to your curious cat. Often times, items your cats most attracted to, is the most dangerous.
- Toys. Stuffing in toys can be a choking hazard, as well as toys with removable parts. To avoid this problem always make sure toys are the size of a ping pong ball.
- Rubber bands, hair ties, String, Yarn, coins, and even bandages, can cause intestinal blockage if ingested, and even strangulation if caught around their neck.
- Plants. Some plants are toxic to cats. (American Holly, American Mandrake, Bittersweet, and Alocasia to name a few) Fake plants can also pose a problem if ingested.
- Warm Places like your dryer can be dangerous if left open. Not only could it get closed in, if you happen to walk by and close it without checking. You could also pose the risk of transferring a large load of clothes from your washer into your dryer, and sent your cat through the dry cycle.
- Reclining chairs and other foldout furniture can cause injuries if rocked, pulled out, or laid back while your cat is napping inside or under.
- Some foods are toxic to cats. Chocolate, raisins, and grapes among the most common.
- Foods with bones can easily break off and get caught in the throat of your furry feline.
- Medications. All human medications can be toxic to any animal. Keep your cat away from Painkillers, diet pills, cold medications, etc.
Chemicals. All homes need cleaning from time to time, so forth there's the potential for your cat to get into something it shouldn't. Chemical poisoning can occur by eating a poisoned pest, drinking a tainted substance, cleaning their fur, or drinking out of a freshly cleaned toilet bowl.
- Watch out for; Antifreeze, Plant foods, Fertilizers, Rodent poisons, Insecticides, and De-icing salts.
Feline Safety Tips
- Always make sure your cat has toys to play with, so they aren't tempted to find something that could be dangerous.
- Place all household plants where your cat is unable to get to them. Also provide cat friendly greenery such as, catnip, and cat grass.
- Keep all cleaning products in a cupboard and keep the door shut. Adding a child safety latch is recommended.
- Keep all doors closed.
- Make sure all your Garbage's have a lid, and that they are closed at all times.
- Keep all sharp objects put away, out of reach for your cat.
- Keep the lid to your toilet down.
- Keep all non cat friendly toys off the floor.
- Avoid using Pesticides, if you must use them make sure they are inclosed and out of reach for your cat.
- Keep all medications stored away in a cabinet.
- Keep all food behind closed doors.
What To Do If You Think Your Cat Got In To Something It Shouldn't Have.
- If you think your cat has consumed a dangerous product, determine what substance is responsible.
- Call your Vet immediately. (They may need to know your cats weight, so always keep track of it's current weight)
- If your cat has to go to the vet, bring the container to the product consumed.
- Observe your cat's symptoms. If your cat has vomited or has had diarrhea, bring a sample.
- Call the National Animal Poison Control Center.