Dangers to House Cats

Pets/Animals
By: nrichford    
05-Feb-2011

Introduction:Cat lovers do everything they can to keep their cats safe, but many make the mistake of thinking that keeping their cat inside is all that it takes to keep him safe. This simply isn't so.

  • 01

    Medications

    Beware of any dropped or lost medications--especially pain killers such as aspirin and Tylenol. If you drop one on the floor, search until you find it. If your cat eats or swallows it, it is likely to be fatal.

  • 02

    Coolants and Solvents

    You may think you cat is safe because she didn't drink the solvent, but if the offending substance wetted her paws, she will ingest it when she cleans herself. Beware of any coolants stored inside the home as these are fatal to cats.

  • 03

    Strings

    We all know that cats love strings, but what many cat owners do not know is that many cats chew and swallow strings. Often they pass through the system without an issue--but you need to know that if the string gets stuck around your cats tongue (which is actually rather common) it can create a serious medical condition that can quickly lead to death, as the bowels are become twisted trying to excrete the string.

  • 04

    Plants

    Cats love to chew on green plants and aren't always particular about which one they choose to nibble. Always check that houseplants are safe for cats before bringing them into your home. Don't rely on your cat feeding from her kitty greens and assume your plants are off limits.

  • 05

    Mouse and Rat Poison

    No loving cat owner would set out rat poison in an area where their cat has access--but this isn't enough. If you cat eats a mouse or rat that has consumed rat poison it can be fatal. Make sure everyone in your home knows never to use rat poison anywhere on your property.




Final Thoughts

Hopefully you will never have to deal with the pain of losing your cat. Be a responsible cat owner and exercise caution by eliminating possible risks to health of your cat.


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