Keeping Your Cat Safe: Common Household Hazards

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There are food and common household items that can be a hazard to your new cat.  They should be stored safely out of their reach. This is not a complete list, but a basic list of more common hazardous household items. For a more comprehensive list, check out these additional poison prevention articles.

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Food Hazards:  Not all food consumed by humans are safe for pets.  Here is a list of foods that are hazardous:

• Alcoholic beverages

• Caffeine

• Chocolate

• Fatty foods – fried foods, sweet foods

• Chicken and turkey bones

• Grapes and raisins

• Onions

• Macadamia nuts

• Salt and sugar

• Yeast dough

Tips to Keep your Cat Safe:

• Secure all dangling cords: Cats often like to play with and bite into hanging wires and cords, which can tangle, choke, or electrocute them.

• Secure all window screens: Cats like to climb window screens and if they aren’t secured, cats can fall out or escape.

• Pack away breakables and remove hanging tablecloths: Cats are curious creatures that are known to get into their share of mischief.  Climbing onto tables and pulling down tablecloths are ways that cats can easily destroy your belongings and potentially harm themselves.

• Check your washer and dryer: Cats love to hide in dark and quiet places. Check your dryer before you add your laundry to ensure that your cat is not hiding in your dryer.

Everyday Items: Be conscious of everyday items that are poisonous to your cat and keep them secured:

• Antifreeze

• Rodent poison

• Batteries

• Car care products

• Fertilizer

• Household cleaners

• Cigarettes and products that contain nicotine  (e-cigarette liquids)

• Insecticides

• Chemicals for pools and ponds

• Certain Plants such as Easter Lilies, Philodendrons and Poinsettias

If your cat ingests a dangerous substance, don’t hesitate. Call the ASPCA’s poison hotline at 1-888/426-4435 (some fees may apply).

For more useful information, please download our free Cat manual.

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