Household Cat Toxins

You’ve heard the saying before, “curiosity killed the cat.” Cats are certainly curious to an extreme. Their questioning nature can land them in some pretty comical situations, but can also lead to danger. Many people don’t know that there are cat poisons laying all around their home, accessible to their pets at any time.

Their curious mind invites cats to sniff and lick any interesting substances, and ingest anything that smells or tastes good. It’s important as a cat owner to make sure that you know what can be out in the open, and what should be kept out of reach at all times. From medications, to cleaning products, to plants and foods, we’ve got the definitive guide to cat toxins right here.

Houseplants on a gray tableCats seem to have a green thumb when it comes to household plants. However, instead of planting and nurturing the greenery, they love to destroy and chew on your favorites. Many plants are fine for your cat to explore, and most cats will stay away from ones that are toxic to them. However, if your cat just can’t seem to stay away from any of the plants on this list, you may have to place them out of reach or remove them from your home.

Household Plants:
-lilies
-mistletoe
-poinsettia
-aloe
-azaleas
-chrysanthemums
-marijuana
-rhododendron
-tulips

Many foods are toxic for cats, and can end with fatal results. Even the fattest cats are usually good at staying away from poisonous foods, but as a pet owner, you’ll want to make sure that you’re informed to any potential dangers. In general, keeping human food away from pets is a good decision.
Paper bag full of groceries isolated on whiteFoods:
-caffeine
-chives
-grapes
-garlic
-onions
-chocolate
-alcohol
-raisins
-yeast dough
-xylitol

It is important to keep dangerous chemicals away from all your pets. If you would keep it away from your children, or wouldn’t interact with it yourself, it should be out of reach for your furry friends. One chemical toxin to pay special attention to on this list is dog medication. Many pet owners assume that dog medications will also work for cats, but this isn’t the case. Flea medication in particular cannot be shared between cats and dogs. Dog flea medication contains pesticides that are toxic for cats. Insect/rodent bait are also toxins that need special attention, and should be only placed in areas unavailable to your cat.

Chemicals:
-bleach
-fertilizers
-detergents
-antifreeze
-de-icing salts
-dog medications
-herbicides
-insect/rodent bait

Many household medications can work for cats as well as humans, but never give your cat anything of the sort before talking with your vet first. You’ll want to make sure that your medications aren’t accessible to your pets at any time. If your cat ingests any medication in any quantity, you should contact your veterinarian or the poison hotline immediately. Even if it is a tiny amount, your cat’s body mass is much smaller than a humans and any drugs could affect them tenfold.

Animal medication with containerMedications:
-pain relievers
-vitamins
-cold medicine
-diet pills
-antidepressants
-cancer medication

Some symptoms of poisoning in a cat include:
-drooling, vomiting, diarrhea
-excessive thirst
-excessive urination
-lethargic, weak, seem depressed
-loss of appetite
-seizures
-nervousness or hyperactivity
-coma

Since you and your kitty spend everyday together, you’ll be the first to notice when something’s off. If you notice any of the previous symptoms, or you’re worried that your cat may have ingested a toxin, you should call your veterinarian immediately. If you don’t have a veterinarian that you can contact, call your closest animal hospital or the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-213-6680. If you know what your cat ingested, take the label, container, or a sample of the toxin to the animal hospital or your veterinarian when you head to urgent care. Unless you are professionally advised, never induce vomiting on your pet.