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Common Household Products Poisonous to Cats

Many day to day products we use can be lethal to cats. It is important that household chemicals be kept in a safe place, out of reach of cats.

Never administer medicine to your cat without veterinary advice. This is especially important with human medication, which can be fatal to cats. Ensure all household chemicals are stored in a safe place where your cat can't have access to it. Many household chemicals are lethal to cats, even in small doses.

People sometimes make the mistake of feeding human food to their cat. This is ok as long as you know the food is safe. Chocolate (especially dark chocolate) should never be given to cats (or dogs). 

Also be aware that cats often scavenge food from your household bin, so it is wise to safely dispose of medicine, chemicals, and food where your cat can't get to it. 

A cat doesn't have to directly eat or drink a toxin to become poisoned. For example, if a cat lies in a garden that has been sprayed with insecticide or weed killer traces can get on the coat, which the cat will ingest during grooming. 

Christmas is a busy time for vets. Many pets become unwell after being fed too much human food by their well-meaning owners. A small treat is always welcome by any cat, just as long as it's the right kind of food, and the cat isn't fed too much. If in doubt about food that your cat can or can't eat, check with your vet. 

Below are a few more common products which are poisonous to cats. For a more in-depth list of human foods, please read here:

Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Alcohol
Antifreeze
Aromatherapy oils 
(Please consult your vet before using ANY aromatherapy oil on your cat.)
Aspirin

Bleach 
Boric Acid
Brake Fluid 

Cleaning Fluid
Chocolate

Coffee

Deodorants 
Deodorizers

Detergent
Disinfectants 
Dye

Fungicides
Furniture Polish

Garlic

Herbicides

Ibuprofen
Insecticides 

Laxatives
Lead

Metal Polish 
Mineral Spirits
Mothballs 

Nail Polish and Remover

Onion

Paint 
Paint Remover
Petrol
Phenylbutazone


 


 

Photographic developer 
Pyrethrin and Pyrethroid

Rat/Ant Poison
Rubbing Alcohol 

Shoe Polish
Snail/Slug Bait 
Suntan Lotion 

Tar
Teflon

Weedkiller
Windshield Washer
Fluid 
Wood Preservatives

Zinc


 


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