Keep Your Companions Safe

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There are other important ways to ensure your cat's safety around the clock. Look for common materials that could poison your cat such as household cleaners, antifreeze, and pesticides. Make sure they are inaccessible and properly sealed to your curious and nimble-pawed felines.

If you haven't done so already, cat-proof your home from the ground up. Keep tempting items like plastic bags, electrical cords, six-pack rings, sewing supplies, and other small, sharp items off limits. Make sure the toilet lid stays down so your cat doesn't get trapped under the lid or attempt to drink toilet water tinged with toilet bowl cleaner.

Chocolate and onions, as well as many common varieties of houseplants, are also poisonous to cats. Houseplants should be placed in hanging baskets out of your cats' reach. Consider growing some cat-friendly herbs like catnip or wheat grass for your greens-loving cat instead.

You should play it safe, too. NOTE: Some cats can be infected with the parasite Toxoplasma and can shed infective oocysts (eggs) in their feces. This especially poses a risk to those with suppressed immune systems and pregnant women. Please wash hands thoroughly after handling used cat litter. For more information on toxoplasmosis, and to have your cat tested for this parasite contact your veterinarian.

Some Common Poisonous Materials:

  • Antifreeze
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Disinfectants
  • Fertilizers
  • Laundry detergent and bleach
  • Medications
  • Mothballs
  • Paint and paint thinner
  • Pesticides and insect repellent
  • Rodent poison

Thoroughly check the labels of such items for warnings pertaining to your pets.

A list of poisonous plants can be found at