Cats may be finicky, but they’re also curious household explorers. That investigative nature can land them in some tricky situations. Moreover, if they encounter the wrong thing, it could be hazardous and possibly deadly. At Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital, we want our Long Beach feline population to stay safe and healthy. With that in mind, review these common household items that are poisonous to your cat.

People Medication

Keep all your medicines out of reach for top safety. The following may be of particular danger to your feline:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Cold medicines
  • Vitamins
  • Supplements
  • Antidepressants

Remember, don’t give your cat medication that’s made for humans unless your veterinarian approves the use and dosage.

Certain Human Foods

It’s best to stick to cat foods for your feline and avoid the risk of poisoning it. These people foods are toxic to cats:

  • Grapes and raisins
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Chives
  • Xylitol
  • Caffeine
  • Yeast dough
  • Chocolate and cocoa ingredient Theobromine
  • Alcohol

Household Plants

Many cat lovers know that several varieties of lilies are very toxic to cats. But these plants also pose hazards:

  • Aloe
  • Azalea
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Hyacinths
  • Mistletoe
  • Poinsettia
  • Rhododendron
  • Tulip

Some Common Household Chemicals

It’s always best to store all household chemicals where your cat can’t get to them, like a locked cabinet. Some chemicals to consider include:

  • Bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Drain cleaners
  • Laundry detergents
  • Bathroom cleaners
  • Liquid potpourri
  • Insecticides
  • Herbicides
  • Antifreeze

Cat Poisoning Signs That Mean It’s Time to Call Your Veterinarian

Your cat cannot tell you with words when it is in pain or feeling off. But your feline can signal distress with its behavior. If you notice any of the following, seek cat care for your feline right away.

  • Behavioral changes: Excessive lethargy, shaking, anxious, excitable, aggressive, has poor coordination
  • Gastric distress: No appetite, drooling, bad breath, diarrhea, or vomiting
  • Breathing issues: Sneezing, coughing, wheezing
  • Skin problems: Swelling and redness
  • Other symptoms: Either drinking lots of water and increased urination or less of both, weight loss

Cat Care When Your Feline May be Poisoned

Don’t try to treat your animal yourself if you suspect poisoning. Rely on an experienced veterinarian trained in cat poison control. If you’re in Long Beach, contact Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital at 562-439-4228 to alert us to the problem.

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