Common Household Items That Are Lethal To Cats

Even with cat-proofing measures, there still exists the possibility that cats can have access and be exposed to household items that contain active ingredients that are lethal to them. Some of the most common causes of poisoning and even death in cats include ingestion of the following:

  • Batteries - has acids or alkali that can cause corrosive lesions
  • Antifreeze - contains ethylene glycol which can be deadly to cats
  • Pennies - have high amounts of zinc
  • Play dough - high salt quantity especially the homemade ones
  • Dish detergents - contains ingredients that are corrosive
  • Mothballs - has naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene
  • Potpourri oils
  • Cigarettes 
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Coffee grounds

Cats are extremely sensitive to some medications and flea products. Thus, you should ask your veterinarian for a product that is safe for cats. Once you have the product, be sure to read the insert and follow instructions as to the dosage and administration. Take note that flea products being used in dogs should never be applied to cats unless instructed by your vet Webster, NY.


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