Chemicals that are dangerous to your cats Health around the Home

23 May 2019

May 23, 2019

We do not stop to think about the everyday substances we use and how they can be harmful which can cause illness and unnecessary visits to the vet.

Direct contact with liquid detergents used for washing clothes can be fatal, this can cause caustic burns and fur loss on contact with their paws and legs if they do come into contact quickly wash their paws and fur thoroughly with warm water keep an eye for any signs of skin injury or illness.

Chemical Hazards like ethylene, glycol antifreeze, paint thinner, drain cleaners and pool/spa chemicals are all dangerous.

Antifreeze which is sweet tasting to animals ingesting even the smallest amount can lead to kidney failure and death, do not consider for killing slugs and snails this not only fatal to your cat, dog, also the wildlife, this should be kept safe and out of harm’s way.

 Human Medicines like antidepressants, cancer medicines, cold medicines, diet pills, pain relievers like aspirin ibuprofen vitamins and certain supplements.

Only herbal remedies that are recommended for pets.

Insecticides and chemicals taste especially good to cats and are dangerous.

Rodenticides bait to control rats and mice are also poisonous cats eat the mice and consume the poison also affects bird of prey.

Household cleaners can be toxic to adults and children as well as pets like bleaches, detergents and disinfectants there was thousands of calls related to household cleaners being inhaled by furry friends who became seriously ill with gastrointestinal distress an irritation to the respiratory tract.

Cats lick their paw pads after walking on top of cleaned floors which make them vulnerable to poisoning.

Heavy metal paint chips which contain lead, zinc and mercury including consumer products, linoleum, and lead dust produced when surfaces in older homes are scraped or sanded.

 Garden products like fertiliser and certain garden products.

 Tinsel, thread and dental floss cats love to play with and pounce on if swallowed it can cause severe intestinal damage which could result in surgery, kittens can get caught in mini blinds and hang themselves.

 Treated toilet water chemical cleaners always keep the lid down cat’s love to climb and drink out of the toilet even with fresh water.

Other things to be aware of is rubber bands and plastic bags these can get caught in the neck and chock them and cause intestine damage or suffocate them.

Keep your pet safe.