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Hidden Hazards for Your Indoor Cat

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
4 years ago

We all want is to keep our cats safe and healthy. But you may not realize that even your home can pose a risk for your kitties. Let’s talk about recognizing these dangers and some simple solutions to keep your cat safe.


Keep all medications for humans out of reach of your cat (what constitutes “out of reach,” of course, will depend on how crafty/determined your cat is to get into things he shouldn’t). Even common medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen are unsafe for cats. Also, some over-the-counter flea and tick treatments may not be safe for your furry companions to ingest or absorb in large amounts, so keep these away, as well.


Many common indoor houseplants are toxic to cats. Lillies are the worst offenders; even low exposure, such as eating a leaf or grooming pollen from fur, can cause kidney failure in cats. Other common houseplants to avoid include baby’s breath, begonias, dieffenbachia, hyacinth, jade, poinsettia, primrose, and tomato plants.


Many human foods are unsafe for your cat. Nuts, seeds, and pits contain compounds that are toxic and can also pose a choking hazard. Common cooking ingredients like yeast dough, garlic, onions, onion powder, salt, and even raisins should be kept away from your cats. Also on the no-no list are chocolate, coffee, and any candy or gum containing the synthetic sweetener Xylitol, which is toxic to pets.

Choking Hazards

We all know cats love to play with string. And everything else, But items like sewing thread, dental floss, and rubber bands can be choking hazards for your cat. If ingested, these items may cause a life-threatening intestinal blockage. Avoid leaving out other foreign objects that might prove tempting to your feline, such as holiday tinsel or lights and toys with small parts.

Look for These Signs

The Pet Poison Helpline lists a variety of symptoms of poisoning to watch for in both cats and dogs. These include common gastrointestinal symptoms (such as vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drooling, and loss of appetite), signs of kidney failure (uremic breath odor, excessive urination, absence of urination), liver failure (jaundice, weakness, tarry stool), and internal bleeding (coughing blood, pale gums, rapid heart rate, lethargy, and collapse). If your cat exhibits any of these signs, contact your veterinarian, emergency veterinary hospital or a pet poisoning hotline at once. Many cat insurance plans will cover treatment related to poisoning or obstruction. If you do not have pet insurance, get a quote today.

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