Attention loving cat parents! There are hidden toxins to your cat lurking in your home. Please use this handy list to identify them and to make sure your kitty doesn’t have access to these 10 deadly items. Thank you!!!! Please also SHARE this with other cat parents in your network by clicking the share button below!
1. Fruits and Vegetables
Onions, garlic, grapes, green tomatoes, mushrooms and many root vegetables are just a handful of human foods that are toxic to kitties. In addition, beware of products that contain these foods – for example, most baby food contains onion powder.
Consider the effect caffeine has on your nervous system, then consider the effect it will have on a small cat. Even small doses of caffeine will cause felines to shake, vomit and experience diarrhea.
Chocolate contains theobromine, a chemical which cats are unable to digest. Typically speaking, the darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains – thus the more fatal it becomes to kitty. Regular milk chocolate can cause diarrhea, vomiting, seizure, coma and possibly death.
4. Flowers and Plants
Cats are naturally attracted to foliage – there’s nothing they love better than brushing up against plants and nipping at leaves. Unfortunately, there are a surprising number of plants that are very harmful to kitties. Lilies, aloe and carnations are just a few of the plants to keep away from your cat. The ASPCA has a comprehensive list of plants that are harmful to kitty.
Calling all frat boys: although it may seem cute to feed your cat a beer, it may prove to be fatal. Alcohol and alcohol-based products can cause kitty to experience serious intoxication, leading to coma or death.
Permethrin is the active ingredient found in OTC flea and lice products geared towards use on humans and dogs. Unfortunately, this ingredient can prove to be highly toxic – even deadly – to cats. If your kitty happens to get fleas, only use products that are labeled for use on cats. Likewise, if you’ve recently treated your dog (or child), be sure to keep your kitty far away – permethrin can be harmful even upon contact with someone who has been treated.
7. Ethalyne Glycol (Found in AntiFreeze!)
Commonly found in anti-freeze, solvents and rust removers, this poison is extremely deadly to cats. Unfortunately, the sweet smell of this toxin is also very appealing to kitties, thus it’s best to keep your garage closed off to your pets.
8. Bone-In Chicken or Fish
It seems like the healthiest, most logical thing to feed your kitty – unfortunately, many people don’t realize that bone-in chicken and fish can be extremely harmful to cats. The small bones in these foods can be easily ingested and can obstruct or lacerate your kitty’s stomach. If you choose to serve your cat one of these items, your best bet is to remove the meat off of the bones prior to feeding to ensure safety.
Yes – kitties love milk. Unfortunately just like humans, cats don’t always love what’s good for them. Surprisingly, the majority of cats are lactose-intolerant, and feeding them milk can lead to cramping, gas and diarrhea.
10. Household Cleaning Products
There is a laundry-list of household cleaning products that don’t bode well with kitty, including bleach, furniture polish, wood preservatives, air fresheners, deodorizers and many aromatherapy products. The good news is you don’t have to stop cleaning – just be sure to keep kitty quarantined until you’re finished and all of the products have dried. Below, check out some safe and all natural cleaning alternatives that won’t hurt your kitty!
These are just a few of the examples toxins in your home that we thought you should be aware of. If you know of any more, we’d simply love to hear about them in the COMMENTS! Be sure to always keep your cat’s best interest in mind when caring for her. Thank you for sharing!
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