Can curiosity kill the cat? Not if we can help it!!
Every cat owner has witnessed it……a cat’s natural and sometimes self destructive curiosity. Unfortunately, a cat’s desire to explore might expose him or her to some overlooked dangers in the home.
Just like any good parent, a feline’s Mom and Dad should take the time to “safety check” or “kitty proof” their home. Staying one step ahead of your fur-baby’s desire to explore could save the life of your beloved family member.
Here are some potential dangers to be aware of:
Any human medications! You may have heard that some human medications are safe for cats/kittens. However, it’s easy to over medicate and possibly kill. Always speak to your veterinarian before administering any human medications.
Human Foods – That sweet furry face, with those twinkling eyes…slowly reaching or waiting for a little morsel or sip of whatever you’re enjoying. Their charms and persuasion can make it hard to resist. But there are some human foods that can be poisonous to cats.
Here are just a few to watch out for:
Coffee, soda, tea…caffeine of any kind
Xylitol (found in sugarless gums, candies, toothpastes)
Raw yeast dough
Indoor and Outdoor Plants - Some very common house plants could be toxic or deadly to your cat. The following plants should be kept out of reach (and there’s your challenge) of your cat:
Household Chemicals and Insecticides - Some chemicals taste good to cats. Keep your buddy safe by keeping chemicals locked away, especially:
De-icing salts (which pets may walk through, then lick from their pads)
Dog flea and tick medication (pills, collars, sprays, shampoos)
Insect and rodent bait
At Modern Style Pet, we carry an effective all-natural fabric and carpet spotter that can safely be used in your home. Our spotter is non-toxic, colorless and odorless, making it a safe alternative to using harse chemical cleaners that can be dangerous for your pets and family.
Other Hazards Commonly Found In The Home – Be very mindful of these common household items that can choke or strangle your cat:
Dental floss, yarn, or string
Holiday decorations, including lights and tinsel
Toys with small or movable parts - All toys should be periodically checked for loose strings, bells, etc...
If You Think Your Cat’s Been Poisoned Or Exposed To Something Toxic, Every Second Counts!
Post the vet clinic’s phone number in an obvious place, along with the number for the Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435. They can help you know what to do next.
Collect samples of vomit, stool and whatever chemical you believe your cat has been exposed to, take these samples to your veterinarian or emergency clinic.
Keep a watchful eye on your baby! Normally a cat will show signs of distress right away. But some symptoms will appear more gradually. Signs you should watch for:
A lot of saliva
Being prepared for the unexpected emergency, could mean the difference between life and death for your cat. Take all precautions possible and have emergency numbers posted in an easy to remember and easy to access place.
As independent as our cats may seem, or want us to believe they are……their human parents must stay one step ahead of any potential dangers.
Knowledge is power….just ask your cat!