Dangerous Items for Your Cat

If you are a cat owner, or thinking about adopting a cat/kitten, be mindful of items that can hurt them: 

Flea or Tick Medication

One of the most common medications or treatments that can harm your cat is when a new cat owner uses the wrong flea and/or tick medication.  Always talk to your veterinarian before starting any kind of flea or tick control treatment.

Human food

There are certain food items such as grapes, raisins, avocado and sugar-free gum that can seriously hurt our furry friends. One of the worst offenders, chocolate, contains large amounts of methylxanthines, which if ingested in significant amounts can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst, urination, hyperactivity, and in severe cases, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors and seizures.


Common houseplants such as azalea, rhododendron, sago palm, and lilies are often found in homes and can be harmful to pets. Lilies are especially toxic to cats and can cause life-threatening kidney failure even in small amounts.

Human Medications

Cats often snatch pill vials from counters and nightstands or gobble up medications accidentally dropped on the floor, so it's essential to keep meds tucked away in hard-to-reach cabinets.  As any cat owner knows, our feline friends can jump high and are curious about everything!  Even if the medication helps you, it is likely to hurt your cat.

Household Cleaners

It is commonly known that household cleaning supplies can be toxic to adults and children, but few of us take precautions to protect our pets from common agents such as bleaches, detergents and disinfectants. These products, when inhaled by our cats, can cause serious gastrointestinal distress and irritation to the respiratory tract. Additionally, cats that lick their paws after walking on a floor treated with household cleansers are vulnerable to poisoning.  So, be careful, even when you clean.

Garden Products

It may keep your grass green, but certain types of fertilizer and garden products can cause problems for outdoor cats.  Fertilizer exposure can cause severe gastric upset and possibly gastrointestinal obstruction.

Dental Floss and Thread

Cats love string games and they are quick to pounce on any string whenever they see it. However, if your cat swallows some thread, it can cause severe intestinal damage and may require expensive surgery to remove.

Treated Toilet Water

Keeping an automatic cleanser in the toilet is convenient for you, but it can be deadly if your cat drinks it. The best solution is not to use that method to clean your toilet. However, if you have to use it, make sure to always keep the lid down on your toilet.

Rubber Bands

Some cats love rubber bands, but if your cat swallows one, it can be life-threatening. Keep them out of kitty's reach and in drawers.

Plastic Bags

Cats can suffocate themselves with plastic grocery bags or dry cleaning bags, so make sure to keep them out of reach.  I know Sammy had a plastic bag wrapped around his neck once and it wasn’t easy to retrieve, so be careful!  He was just as scared as I was!

If you are careful with the above items, you kitten or cat should be more than safe in your home.

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