How to Protect Your Cat from Household Hazards

Cats are great pets to have. They make wonderful pets and will show lots of affection (when they want to naturally). Cats are also very curious that can cause danger if they be involved in something that isn’t theirs to. In terms of protecting your cat from dangers in the house by using common sense, it can go a long ways to keep her in good health and away from trouble.

Part1 Protecting Your Cat from Indoor Hazards

1Remove poisonous plants from your home. There are numerous household hazards which could cause injury to your cat or cause her to be extremely sick. The poisonous plants that we see are a regular danger for cats. The most poisonous plants include aloe, lilies and Eucalyptus.]
Cats that consume poisonous plants may be affected by a variety of ailments, including heart conditions (Lily of the Valley) and kidney failure (rhubarb leaves).

  • Other plants that can be poisonous are mistletoe and poinsettias. Both are very popular during winter holiday season. Poinsettia sap may irritate the stomach and mouth and mistletoe could cause damage to the liver.
  • There are many house plants that could be harmful for your pet. If you’re not certain what plants you have capture photos of them or bring the plants to your local gardening center to identify them.

2Keep all medications and household cleaners out of reach. Human medications (e.g., Tylenol, ibuprofen and vitamins) as well as household cleaning products (e.g. dishwashing detergent bleach, laundry detergent, dish soap) are very harmful for cats if they are ingested. Seal the lids tightly of the medicine bottles as well as containers for household cleaners and secure the cabinets to secure them with latches that are child-proof. 

  • Take out and dispose of any pills that are loose on the counter or floor. 
  • Cleaning products from the kitchen can irritate the digestive tract and, if they are toxic enough, can cause severe burns to the tissue of the esophagus stomach, or mouth. 
  • Your cat’s medications can cause harm to your cat should she open the bottle and eat the contents. Be sure to keep her medication safe away, too.
  • If you are using household cleaners, be sure to follow the instructions on the label with care. For example, if a label states “keep pets and children away until dry,” ensure sure that your cat does not get away from the area until the product is completely dried.

3Hide or cover all electrical cords. Cats have sharp teeth. They are able to cut through the insulation of electrical cords. If your cat chews an electrical cord, she might suffer severe burns to her mouth, or possibly suffer an electric shock. A shock from electricity could harm the lungs or heart of your cat and require urgent veterinarian attention.

  • Put plastic cord protectors on your electrical cords , or cover them with something that is unpleasant for your cat, like the hot sauce, or even a spray that is non-toxic. The spray is safe and available in your local pet shop.
  • Secure the cords prior to tying them up before burying the cords.

4Do not let your cat eat toxic foods. Certain human foods can be extremely harmful to cats. For instance it is not recommended that your cat consume chocolate (or any kind of candy) or onion or onion powder, garlic, raisins or any other. 

In addition, food items and leftovers from your table often contain a lot of sugar and fat, that can overload the pancreas of your cat and lead to an extremely serious condition called pancreatitis (inflammation of pancreas).

  • Chocolate is a source of theobromine. This can trigger nausea, nervousness, or perhaps even the deaths. 
  • Bones left over can be dangerous for cats. Bone fragments can cause damage to your cat’s digestive tract and could lead to her choking. 
  • Other food items that can be harmful include tea and coffee dairy foods (adult cat only) as well as the raw carcass of a pet. 

5Keep your cat away from sinks, tubs, and toilets. Toilets are dangerous for your cat. If the lid of your toilet is opened, your cat could get caught in the water and drown when she’s small.

 In addition, some toilet bowl cleaners may leave a residue that’s harmful to cats. Bathtubs and sinks can also pose a risk of drowning to your cat. If you’re filling the bathtub or sink ensure you keep a close eye for your cat, or keep her away from the area entirely. 

Make sure the lids on your toilet are closed always in case your cat enters the bathroom and doesn’t notice you.

6Remove any small objects on counter tops and floors.  Small items like hair pins, rubber bands and twist ties, can cause harm for your cat if they are swallowed by your cat.

 While it’s quite simple to throw these small objects scattered around, you should keep them away for your feline. It might be beneficial to conduct a visually sweeping your home every day to ensure there aren’t any small objects which your cat might easily get to.

  • The coins that were issued after 1982 contain zinc, which is poisonous to cats. Save any spare change in your wallet.

7Close all doors. Your front door can be a danger if opened, but other doors inside your home can also be risky, such as ones for your refrigerator, dryer, freezer and oven. Shut all doors immediately so that your cat isn’t given an opportunity to enter. When you’re doing your laundry, check that your cat isn’t inside your dryer. Cats can be tempted to crawl in a warm, warm dryer.

8Give your cat safe toys to play with. Cats are very amusing pets. Even if your cat loves playing however, you must ensure that all the toys she plays with are secure. For instance, the toys shouldn’t contain ribbons or strings that she can take a bite and swallow. Strings and ribbons can lead to severe intestinal issues that require urgent and intensive medical attention from a veterinarian.

  • Small plastic eyes on toys are not safe, as your cat might chew them off and take them in.

Part2 Protecting Your Cat from Outdoor Hazards

1Keep your cat away from antifreeze. If your cat spends time outside, there could be risks in the outdoor environment that you’ll need to safeguard your cat. While several automotive components (e.g. gasoline oil, gas) can be harmful for cats, antifreeze remains by all means, the most commonly used cat-friendly toxin in the automotive world.  Antifreeze is a majority of the time containing the chemical ethylene glycol. It is extremely harmful to cats and could cause fatality. 

  • Cats are attracted by antifreeze due to the sweet flavor. The symptoms of ethylene glycol poisoning include vomiting, frequent urination and dehydration. There is also the possibility of even in coma when the poisoning progresses.
  • The poisoning of cats with ethylene glycol requires immediate veterinary attention. 
  • Ethylene glycol-free antifreezes are readily available. They are made up of propylene glycol that can be used by pets when used in tiny amounts. 
  • Make sure that antifreeze and other auto equipment secure.

2Use lawn and gardening products with caution.

Products such as pesticides and fertilizers can be harmful to cats. If you are using them in your yard or garden be sure to keep your cat from the area that has been treated for the time suggested by their manufacturer. If your cat enters the area in a hurry and then licks her paws she could inhale harmful ingredients.

  • Cocoa mulch is poisonous in cats. 
  • If you don’t intend to use the product, store them safe in a secure place.  Because fertilizer bags are typically quite large and difficult to seal once you have opened them. you should store the bags in an enormous trash or plastic container with the lid that is tight.

3Block access to rodent traps and dead rodents.

Rodenticides can cause severe or life-threatening injuries to cats. Cats can get sick from eating the rodenticide in its entirety or contract’secondary poisoning’ from eating a dead rodent that was that has been killed with rodenticide. If you’re experiencing problems with rodents, you should place the rodenticide in an area that your cat cannot get access to.

  • Contact your local pest control firm for advice on which area to put the traps that trap rodents, so that your cat cannot get to the traps.

4Use pet-friendly de-icing salts.During the winter de-icing salts work for melting ice and snow. But, they could contain harmful ingredients which your cat might be exposed to if she rubs her paws. If you go to your local home improvement store, search for products that are pet-friendly.

Part3 Treating Your Cat

1Find indications of poisoning or injury. The list of possible hazards to cats in the home is long, and it’s not possible to give clinical indicators for every risk. But, there are general indicators to be looking for that could indicate your cat is into something that she shouldn’t be. For instance, if your cat’s mouth is burning on her lips it could be because she was playing with an electric cord.

  • In the event that your cat suddenly begins to experience digestive discomfort (vomiting, vomiting) or exhibits behavioral changes (e.g. anxiety, excitation, nervousness) It is likely that she has consumed something that is toxic.
  • Certain poisons can make a cat feel sicker for the length of time it is in her system, therefore it is crucial to act swiftly when you experience sudden illness or changes in behavior

2Call the ASPCA poison control hotline. If you suspect that your cat has consumed something poisonous, contact the hotline for poison control which is 1-888-426-4435. If you call, be sure to provide all the information you can include, such as the breed of your cat, its age and breed along with the type of food she ingested, and how much as well as the symptoms they are showing. The more details you give, the better the hotline’s staff can be to help you.

  • If you are outside the United States, contact the animal poison control hotline for your country.

3Seek immediate veterinary care for your cat.Do not feel like you have to take care of your cat at your home. Contact the poison control hotline might provide first-aid treatment for your cat. However, it is imperative to take the cat into a vet clinic whenever you can. Some poisonings can prove fatal if they are not treated promptly therefore it is essential that your cat be treated immediately by a veterinarian.

  • If you contact the vet clinic, be sure to give the same information as you gave to the hotline for poison control.

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