Cat Health Issues–Protect Your Cat from These Common Toxins

I have discussed cat health issues on this blog having to do with food toxic to cats.  But there are many other common household items that our dogs and cats should avoid. 

For example, I didn’t know that a schefflera plant is toxic to dogs and cats.  I have a schefflera plant at home.  Right now I keep it outside during the warm months.  But my plans were to bring it in during the winter.  I still plan to bring it indoors but will place it on a stand so my dog can’t get to it.  If I had a cat, that would be a different story.

There are many other plants that are in this toxic category. 

I read an article entitled, “Fluffy just ate what? Common household pet toxins.”  The article is written by Michelle Posage and Bruno Massat,

I found the article to be extremely informational.  You need to read it.  Here is a short quote from the article:

Most households include substances potentially toxic to our pets. Unfortunately, pets ingest these toxins because their curious behavior makes them more likely to ingest things that seem unappetizing to us. Another consideration is that the metabolism of cats and dogs is different than humans, and some medications or foods commonly used by humans, such as chocolate and Tylenol, can have severe affects on our pets. The best way to prevent a potential toxicity in your pet is to be aware of the risk, pet-proof your house and know the appropriate actions to take if your pet has ingested something toxic.

Just as families have to child-proof their home before a new baby arrives, it is important for pet owners to pet-proof their home before adding a cat or dog to the family. Securely store all cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, paint thinner, pesticides, fertilizers, rat poison and antifreeze. These types of products should be stored out of the reach of pets or in cabinets that can be locked. All poisonous houseplants should be removed from the house or kept in a hanging basket completely out of reach of pets, but beware of dead leaves that may fall to the ground. Lilies are toxic to cats, so if your cat has access to the outdoors, consider removing lilies from the garden.

The complete article can be read here.  I certainly recommend that you review the entire article.  There were some surprises on it.

I must admit that the article was eye-opening for me.  It is so important that we protect our little guys.  We all want what is best for our pets.  But if we are not very careful, we can accidentally give our cat or dog access to items that are extremely harmful to them. 

Were you aware that all these items were toxic to our pets?  You probably agree with me that we should make sure that there is no way that our pets can get to any of them.  Your comments are greatly appreciated.

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