How to keep your cat safe when your home contains many products poisonous to Cats.

Know which products are the biggest potential threat to your cat is important. It helps you to strategically place such items to minimize the risk of poisoning. Here are some of the more common household products that you must store carefully to keep kitty safe.

  • Hygiene and Cleaning Products
    Bleach, deodorants, cleaning fluids, creams, disinfectants (especially compounds containing phenolic compounds such as "Dettol," known to turn a milky color when wet,) concentrated liquids, laundry capsules, furniture and metal polishes are all at issue. Powders and concentrated liquids for washing can burn a cat's skin and feet should she walk through them.
  • Human Medication
    Anti-depressants, laxatives, acetaminophen and aspirin are all highly dangerous for cats. Acetaminophen is remarkably dangerous to cats and merely eating one table can cause death. Among the more common indications of poisoning are: vomiting, swelling of the paws and face, skin discolouration where a blue tint may appear and depression.
  • Automotive products
    Gasoline,
    brake fluid, antifreeze, window washer fluid can all be highly lethal where cats are concerned. Most brands of antifreeze contain ethylene glycol or methanol (also found in car wiper washes and de-icers) and are known to be highly toxic to cats. Unfortunately, a number of animal species find antifreeze to be tasty and sweet, and ingesting it can result in kidney failure and death, particularly with cats.
  • Beauty products 
    Hair dyes, suntan lotion as well as nail polish and polish remover are extremely toxic for cats.
  • Remodeling materials 
    If you're remodeling, it may be a good time for kitty to hang with a friend or parent. If materials such as paint remover, varnish, wood preservatives such as creosote or paint get on your cat's coat and she grooms herself, this can result in severe irritation of the mouth, burning, blisters and footpad and skin burns.

  • Miscellaneous household items 
    This includes everything from chocolate, shoe polish and mothballs to photographic developer.
curious cat
Cats are naturally curious and can get themselves in trouble

Be sure that any and all of these mentioned products are safely stored and that any spillage is cleaned thoroughly and immediately. Anything that can topple from a high ledge and spill or break should be reassigned to a place inside a securely closed cabinet. And, never give any product designed for people to your cat, without your veterinarian's blessing.

Understanding Aspirin Toxicity in Cats

 

While the anti-inflammatory, non-steroidal medication, Aspirin, is known to have beneficial qualities for certain animals, it can also be toxic to many species as it is for felines. Its analgesic (ability to provide relief from pain) properties make it ideal for treating painful conditions such as arthritis, its anti-inflammatory properties make it useful in conditions ranging from blood clotting to inflammation. Once consumed, aspirin forms salicylic acid, which the body then circulates throughout. Cats, lacking the critical enzyme necessary for properly metabolizing salicylic acid, should only be administered aspirin in rare circumstances for specific reasons upon the advice, observation and guidance of a veterinarian. If your cat accidentally ingests aspirin you should contact your veterinarian as soon as you are aware of it. Their professional handling and treatment may be able to save your cat’s life.

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