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50+ Things Poisonous to Cat
and Other Pets

Save You cat from poisoningAn astonishing number of things we routinely have around our homes and yards are poisonous to cat friends. Your cat means so much to you, so be sure to get the downloadable version of this guide.  Just signup for the eZine (use the form at the top right part of this page) and you will receive this guide along with another helpful article on natural cat care. 


Toxic Items Are Everywhere

A car with a leaky radiator can leave poisonous radiator fluid out for your cat to lick up....a fatal drink.

Unfortunately, there is no way to provide  100% insurance that your cats will never get sick or hurt. That's one reason why you should do your best to keep him out of harms way.

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The list of potential cat poisons is lengthy.  Many are obvious because they are also toxic to people. Other items may surprise you. As you'll see, there is a lot you can do to keep your cat out of danger.

We aren't suggesting that you rid your home area from all of these products, but to keep them out of kitty's (and kid's) reach.
Please keep in mind that this guide does not list everything that can harm your cat. Also, it is not intended to help treat your cat. If your cat is hurt or sick, call the vet now and not later.

Minutes are critical to saving poisoned animals. If you even suspect your cat or kitten consumed something poisonous to, consult a veterinarian or poison center immediately.

Household Items

  1. Medications intended for people, including pain relievers, antihistamines, sleeping pills, diet pills, heart preparations and vitamins.  Don't give you cat any medication without your vet's approval.

  2. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen and aspirin

  3. Acetaminophen

  4. Cold and flu medications

  5. Vitamins

  6. Bleach

  7. Corrosives (acid and alkali) in household cleaners, drain cleaners and solvents

  8. Disinfectants

  9. Fabric softenerPoisonous to cat household disinfectant

  10. Nicotine in tobacco

  11. Household cleaning products, especially those with Phenol or pine oil

  12. Antifreeze (Ethylene glycol) is the most common cause of poisons ingested by cats, dogs and wildlife.  They are attracted to it because of the taste or because its fluid.  Especially in winter when normal water sources freeze.

    1 teaspoon can kill a cat. 

    Some animals appear to recover then die of kidney failure. Symptoms include vomiting, loss of coordination, weakness, unconsciousness. 

    Do not leave open containers of antifreeze lying around.  More importantly, if you have a leaky radiator, you have a pet poisoning around the corner.  Do not leave drip pans or puddles out for your cat to lick up.

  13. Lead in paints, linoleum, batteries, lead pipe, and lead fittings.

  14. Phosphorus in matches, matchboxes, and matchbooks, fireworks and flares.

  15. Fabric softener

  16. Lighter fluid

  17. Mothballs

  18. Anti-cancer drugs (don't leave any of your meds out in the open)

  19. Flea and tick products intended for carpets and upholstery. Some dips are lethal if consumed.

  20. Lime scale remover

  21. Drain cleaners

  22. Liquid potpourri

  23. Oven cleaner sprays

Garage & Garden Items

  1. Chemical poisons (duh!) such as Strychnine, Sodium fluoroacetate, Arsenic, Metaldehyd and phosphorous. These are commonly used in coyote bait, slug bait, and and roach bait, and rodent bait. 

  2. Here are some more rodent related poison products: warfarin, pindone, bromadiolone and brodifacoum.  Vitamin D3 also known as cholecarciferol and bromethalin in rodent poison.

  3. Organophosphates and carbamates used in flea killers, garden and household insecticides, some dewormers.   This stuff can be absorbed through the skin.

  4. Petroleum products; gas, oil

  5. Chlorinated hydrocarbons in insecticides

  6. De-icing salts. 

  7. Pesticides

  8. Cocoa bean shell mulch fertilizer

  9. Moldy compost

  10. Critters

In general, certain reptiles exude a toxic fluid to repel predators. These toads and salamanders are particularly toxic:

  1. Florida the Marine Toad
  2. Southwest U.S. and Hawaii the Colorado River Toad
  3. California the California Newt
  4. Some species of spiders, snakes and scorpions can deliver a potentially fatal bite. If you notice you cat has swelling on his face or body, or you can see evidence of a bite, get him to your vet immediately. If you happen to kill the biter/stinger, bring it with you.
  5. Eating a rodent killed by common rat/mouse poisons can be lethal. A single dose of the anticoagulants in these products are poisonous to cat. The product destroys the kidneys.
  6. Harmful Foods

  7. Avocados
  8. Chocolate in all forms
  9. Coffee in all forms
  10. Onions and onion powder
  11. Garlic
  12. Alcoholic beverages are toxic to pets and should NEVER be given to them
  13. Chocolate
    The chemical Theobromine is toxic to cats.
  14. Grapes
  15. Raisins
  16. Macadamia nuts
  17. Moldy or spoiled foods
  18. Salt
  19. Fatty foods (their liver whacks out)
  20. Gum, candy or anything sweetened with xylitol
  21. Tea Leaves
  22. Raw yeast dough

    What About Harmful Plants?

    There are more than 700 house, garden, and wild varieties of plants that are poisonous to cat.  Listing all of them will take us well over the 56 we promised you.  We've listed a bunch of the most common trouble makers in the  "75 Or So Poisionous Plants".
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