Unsuspecting Summer Cat Poisons and Dangers


Cats are definitely one of the most revered animals: we crave for their attention, one “meow” and we’re compelled to feed them and lastly, would you believe that they were worshiped as gods by the Egyptians? Despite being a low-maintenance pet, they are highly vulnerable to substances that are toxic to them, especially during the summer. Know what these are, their effects and ways on how to safeguard your cat from them.

Garden and potted plants

cat eating grass

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Some of the most dangerous poisons to your cat are actually being cared for in your garden. Two of the most notable include poinsettias and Easter lilies, which might make your garden pleasing to look at, but actually toxic to your feline friend. That being said, poinsettia ingestion isn’t fatal – it can cause gastrointestinal irritation and vomiting. However, if your cat ingested any part of the Easter lily, you need to go to the vet right away. If untreated, it can ultimately cause kidney failure. Other poisonous plants include Tulips and Azaleas.

Instead of the above mentioned plants, why don’t you try playing Zinias and Petunias instead? All types of plants belonging to these species are safe for cats. Plus, they attract butterflies and hummingbirds as well. For your cat’s pleasure (and your enjoyment), you might also want to try planting Nepeta, also known as catnip.

Dog flea medication

The main reason why you should not apply a flea product on your cat that is specifically made for dogs is Permethrin, a type of insecticide used to kill fleas. It poses little health problems to dogs, but it can be fatal for your cat. Poisonings happen when an owner mistakenly applies products like these on their cats, or if the felines come in close contact with a dog that has it. The signs that your feline friend has been poisoned include drooling, seizures and twitching.

Your best course of action if this happens is to wash off the residue of the product with warm water and immediately drive to your local animal hospital. Your cat might be hospitalized for days, depending on the severity. If you have a dog with a flea problem that’s living with your cat, seek advice from your veterinarian.

Certain kinds of human food

Since its summer vacation, your fridge might be stacked with food, especially if you’ve been given a few days off work. For starters, never feed your cat with any type of human food, unless deemed safe by your local veterinarian. Doing so will result in unwanted complications, and even death. The most dangerous kinds are:

• Milk and dairy products – milk, along with cheese, can cause diarrhea and vomiting. This is so mainly because like dogs, felines do not contain enough lactase in their system, an enzyme that is responsible for breaking down milk.

• Chocolate – this sweet, made in heaven food, is also toxic to cats, like in dogs. This can cause tremors, seizures, uneven heartbeat and digestive problems.

• Raw meat – although cats are natural carnivores, too much raw meat (as well as eggs), can cause salmonella and E. coli infection. That being said, raw fat trimmings can also cause pancreatitis and vomiting.

Overall, the above mentioned substances might seemingly not pose any sort of danger at first glance, but they can really cause a lot of damage to your pet’s health in the long run. Don’t risk your cat’s health: make sure that you garden is steer clear of the toxic plants, never use dog flea medication and only feed your cat with cat food.

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