Cats, with their natural curiosity – are the most vulnerable to household toxins. Cats lack certain liver enzymes that may help other animals break down toxins. To help protect your cat, keep the following tips in mind:
- Read all labels on pet products carefully. Products made specifically for dogs and should NEVER be given to or put onto a cat.
- Keep antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, and other automotive products locked away in a cat-safe cabinet.
- Lock away all medications, whether they are for humans or animals.
- Keep all rodenticides (rat/mouse poison) or insect baits inaccessible to your cat
- Ensure all plants in your house and yard are cat-safe.
- Keep your cat out of kitchen cabinets, linen closets, laundry rooms, and any other location in which you store cleaning supplies
- Prevent your cat’s access to fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides.
- Ensure your cat does not ingest any pennies, paint chips, screws, nails, etc.
In addition to the obviously poisonous items, our homes are filled with products that can make kitty sick. These products include mothballs, fabric softener sheets, automatic dish detergents, batteries, coffee grounds, alcohol, tobacco, and chocolate.