If your kitty likes to chew, lick, and eat items found around the house, many everyday items and foods can become a danger. Many ingredients in human foods are toxic to cats. One highly toxic ingredient is xylitol, the sweetener found in gum, candy, and toothpaste. Bowls of chocolates, loosely wrapped gum in pockets, and open tubes of toothpaste can become a deadly find for cats.
Human Medications: Be careful of dropped pills, spilled liquid medications, and open containers. This includes both prescription and over the counter meds for many uses including: cold medicines, diet pills, and pain relievers.Beware of individual pill packets that, if dropped on the floor, could be come a cat toy with terrible consequences if the contents are ingested.
Vitamins and Supplements: Like medications keep vitamins and supplements out of kitty’s reach. This includes both human products and feline versions. If your cat likes eating their daily vitamin they may decide eating more of them is a good idea (it is not).
Caffeine and Alcohol: Be careful of leaving any alcoholic beverages or caffeinated coffee, tea, or soft drinks unattended. Packaged or open tea bags could be a danger as well – kitty may look at it as an attractive toy and be exposed to the caffeine.
Onions and Garlic: If you cook for your kitty, or feed them from your plate, avoid foods containing onions and garlic.
Indoor and Outdoor Plants and Flowers: Many indoor and outdoor plants are also toxic to cats. Be careful of both plants that grown indoors and cut flowers that are brought including Aloe, Chrysanthemum, and Lilies. Keep these plants and flowers out of reach. However, don’t assume if kitty can’t reach a plant they are safe, you also need to watch out for falling flower petals that could get within their reach.
If your think you cat may have ingested any of these items look signs of poisoning. including:
- Trouble breathing
Pet WebMD is a wonderful on-line source for additional information on toxic items in your home, and other pet health advice.
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