Common Items That Are Toxic To Cats

March 20, 2024

Discussing Some Of The Most Common Household Items And Products That Are Poisonous To Cats In Honor Of Pet Poison Prevention Week

Any responsible cat owner does everything they can to keep their feline friends happy, healthy, and safe. This is especially true when it comes to creating a safe environment for them. However, there are many common household items that can be hazardous to cats when exposed to them. 

In honor of Pet Poison Prevention Week (3rd full week of March), this article will discuss some of these common household items that are hazardous to cats. Additionally, this article will also offer some advice on how to properly store these items to prevent accidental poisoning and ensure the well-being of your furry friend.

Human Medications

A common household item that most people don’t consider regarding pet safety is that of medications. While certain medications are essential for our health, they can be extremely harmful to cats. This includes things like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminophen, and certain antidepressants.

Therefore, it’s vitally important to keep such medications out of your cat’s reach. Always store medications in secure cabinets and don’t leave them on counters or tables. Additionally, you should never administer any medication to your cat without consulting your veterinarian first. Human medications are for humans, not cats.  

Prescription medications
Prescription medications

Household Cleaners

Another common household product that is very toxic to cats is that of household cleaners. This is because most household cleaners often contain harsh chemicals that can be toxic to cats. Bleach, ammonia, and certain detergents can cause respiratory distress, vomiting, or even death.

Therefore, you should always keep cleaning supplies securely stored away in a locked cabinet or a place your cats don’t have access to (garage, shed, etc.). Additionally, you can purchase and use pet-safe cleaning products instead. For more information about pet-safe cleaning products, click here

Household cleaners
Household cleaners

Insecticides & Rodenticides 

Insects and rodents are a common problem for many homeowners. That’s why products like insecticides and rodenticides are often found in many homes. However, these products, which were designed to control pests, can be very toxic to cats. Many rodenticides contain anticoagulants that can lead to internal bleeding.

Additionally, most insecticides contain chemicals that are harmful to cats when ingested. If you use either of these products, do so with caution and apply them in places where your cat can’t access them. Also, be sure to store them in areas your cat can’t get to like a locked cabinet or a high shelf in the garage/basement.

Plants and Flowers

Many people love to keep plants and flowers both indoors and outdoors. It’s aesthetically pleasing and it is a fun hobby. However, many plants and flowers can be toxic to cats if ingested. For example, Poinsettias are extremely poisonous and can lead to severe kidney damage or even death. Other toxic plants include Azaleas, Lilies, and Philodendrons. Be sure to research the toxicity of any plant before bringing it into your home. For a more comprehensive list of plants that are toxic to cats, click here

A cat curious about a house plant
A cat curious about a house plant

Human Foods Toxic to Cats

Many cat owners make the mistake of giving their furry friend human food. This is a big no-no. This is because certain human foods can be harmful or even deadly to cats. This includes things like onions, garlic, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, and xylitol (a common artificial sweetener). 

Therefore, we recommend avoiding sharing your meals with your cat, no matter how much they beg for a taste. Should your cat accidentally ingest human food and is displaying negative side effects, contact your veterinarian immediately. Also, you can utilize the Pet Poison Helpline by calling 855-764-7661. An $85 incident fee applies. 

Essential Oils

Essential oils are becoming increasingly popular for their therapeutic properties. However,  many of them are toxic to cats. Essential oils like tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, and citrus oils can cause adverse reactions when ingested or even when applied topically.

Therefore, make sure that diffusers are placed in well-ventilated areas and that your cat cannot access spilled oils. Also, be sure to keep all of your essential oil containers in a designated area where your cat can’t access them. A locked cabinet or drawer will suffice.

A variety of essential oils
A variety of essential oils

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