- Pets and Animals
Household Poisons To Your Cat
Things to Avoid
Keep Your Cat Safe from Poisons
You love your cat and want to protect it from harmful poisons. To provide the best living environment possible for your furry feline friend, you need to know about the different household items that could poison your cat. Some are common household cleaning products that most people have around the home.
Remember, your cat cannot resist tasty-smelling or unusual substances, nor can he or she tell you what was ingested to make him or her feel badly.
Be aware of products, plants or items you own that could hurt your pet and keep these securely in cabinets and other places your cat cannot access. If possible, keep these items out of your home altogether.
Don't Let Your Cat Have These
Bleach Products and Clorox
You'll find bleach and Clorox mainly in the laundry room or in other cleaning supplies; however, you can also find bleach products in swimming pool supplies. In generally, household bleaches are fairly mild. Although they will make your cat feel ill, most animals are smart enough to not drink enough to kill.
Signs that your cat may have drunk a bleach product include excess drooling, vomiting, and abdominal pain. If your cat seems to be in pain, smell his or her fur if possible to detect the scent of the bleach. In general, call your vet and have your cat drink large quantities of milk or water if you possibly can. Monitor your cat for bloody vomit and difficulty breathing, and wash the paws and mouth area thoroughly.
Check your Cleaning Supplies
Examples of Products with Bleach in Them - that might poison your cat
Keep these away from the cat.
It says "chlorine-free" but then uses the word "bleach" so I'm leary of this product. If you use something like this in your laundry, be sure every time that the lid is securely fastened on.
If you have toddlers in the house, you want to be doubly sure that this is stored safely in a cabinet or closet or up high where they can't reach it.
Many Homes Have Bleach Products.
Don't treat a cat with dog products, the result could kill your pet.
Mothballs Can Poison a Cat
Mothballs and other products containing naphthalene and paradichlorobenzene can also make your cat sick. Ingesting this substance can cause liver damage and seizures.
Symptoms include vomiting, seizures, blue or brown colored gums, increased heart rate, loss of appetite, and diarrhea. If you cat has eaten mothballs or items like toilet bowl cleaner or bathroom deodorizer, call your vet immediately.
Examples of Moth Balls - that might poison your cat
This is the typical form that mothballs come in. People put them with their stored woolen items like blankets and sweaters to keep away moths.
These have been proven to be cancer causing for people too, so not a good item to have around your house for yourself or your cat.
This one is intended to hang on the rod of the closet for moth prevention. Although it is unlikely your cat would get into the closet, climb up on the clothes and ingest this, I wouldn't take the risk.
If you use mothballs in a trunk where you store sweaters, woolen blankets and other things that moths might attack, use care that the cat doesn't get in there. It might think the mothball can be played with and carry it around in its mouth. It might lick it, exploring the taste of this new item. Don't take that risk.
Cats are attracted to auto antifreeze, but it will kill them
Citrus Oils - are bad for cats
Watch Out for Citrus Oils
Citrus oils, which are found in shampoo, insect repellent, fragrances, and insecticide are very harmful to cats as well. Although these items can harm all pets, cats are more sensitive than dogs and if you treat a cat with dog products, the result could kill your pet.
Signs that your cat has ingested citrus oils include that common citrus smell, drooling, falling, trembling, and weakness. Eventually, liver damage occurs, and many cats experience liver failure, resulting in death. If your cat is treated, the prognosis is good, but left untreated, this poison could be deadly. Get the cat to the vet as quickly as you can.
Citrus Oil Products Can Poison Your Cat - Keep these away from the cat
Citrus is popular in cleaning products. Spraying this around where your cat would walk and then wash it's paws, might pose problems.
Be Cautious with Products with Citrus, Orange or Lemon on the Labels
This is a marvelous polish that I use often but I no longer have pets in my home. We just travel too often. For anyone with cats, I'd be wary of using this.
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Cats Sometimes Lick Bars of Soap
Because of the high oil content in some soaps, it might attract a cat. A bar of soap inside a closed shower area is probably safe from a cat.
If you use liquid soap in a dispenser, it removes this temptation.
Most of Us Have a Bar of Soap on the Bathroom Counter
If You Suspect Your Cat Of Swallowing Any Poisons Call Your Vet Right Away!
Therefore, it is simply important to call your vet if you see anything wrong with your cat at all. Cats are creatures of habit, so if your feline seems to be acting strangely, it is best to schedule an appointment.
Do what's best for your pet and try to keep harmful products in places where they can't be reached.
Take the Cat to the Veterinarian
© 2008 Virginia Allain