13 Common Household Hazards For Cats

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Cats are curious creatures that love to explore their surroundings.

This often leads them into trouble, as they can be susceptible to a number of common household hazards.

In this post, we’ll take a look at 13 of the most common hazards for cats and how to prevent them from becoming injured or sick.

Keep your kitty safe by following these tips!

 Common Household Hazards For Cats

1. Food

If you have a pet cat, you might be surprised to learn how many everyday foods and objects could potentially be dangerous for your four-legged friend. Let’s jump right into it.

You definitely shouldn’t give your cat anything with caffeine as far as foods go. Most animals have a difficult time digesting caffeine.

It can cause extreme stomach upset and even death if enough is consumed. Grapes, onions, raisins, and garlic might seem like safe foods to give your cat, and they are NOT!

Your cat won’t be able to digest these things, and they will more than likely become very ill if they consume these foods.

You’ll also want to avoid giving them anything with Xylitol in it as well.

That is essentially poison to cats. You will find Xylitol in a lot of gums and candies.

Before feeding your cat any foods that aren’t meant explicitly for felines, research should always be done. Ask your veterinarian if you’re not sure.

2. Plants

There are also a lot of plants that could be toxic to your cat, so you might want to double-check the plant life that your cat is around and exposed to.

Aloe vera, lilies, tulips, mistletoe, and poinsettias can all be deadly to cats.

Cats tend to be inquisitive, and they like to mess around with plants.

You might want to double-check even if you think your plant is in a high enough space where your cat can’t reach it.

Cats have a knack for climbing up to places you wouldn’t believe they could get. It’s best to eliminate any toxic plants before bringing in a cat.

3. Pesticides

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Insect repellent, rodent, and even certain detergents can be extremely dangerous to your cat!

These are everyday items that you may find yourself using rather frequently.

Be sure to read the labels of various chemicals that you buy to ensure that they are safe around your feline.

When unsure whether a product is safe for you, you should consult your veterinarian for more information.

4. Small Objects

Cats love to play, are curious, and explore their world with their mouths.

To that end, it is recommended that your cat isn’t around small objects.

It could potentially be a choking hazard for your cat. Floss and yarn can also be very dangerous to your cat.

If your cat were to ingest these things, it could become knotted in its stomach.

You’ll want to keep them away from Christmas decorations or anything that might look enticing to bite or play with.

They could potentially break whatever they are playing with, and they could choke.

5. Human Medication

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 Lastly, we have medications.

There are many human medications that are lethal to cats, as you may be surprised to hear.

Even though you might think the medicine is in a safe place and your cat can’t reach it, it’s still best to keep it out of their reach.

One such medication is ibuprofen.

It is a pain reliever that is very common for humans, but it can be fatal to cats.

If your cat consumes even a small amount, it could kill them.

You will want to be careful of antidepressants, blood pressure medications, and anti-inflammatory drugs.

6. Cleaning and Disinfecting Agents

Then, there are cleaning and disinfecting agents. When cleaning up after themselves, cats might scratch the floor or furniture.

If they have any of these liquids on their paws, they could ingest them.

This is especially true if you clean with bleach or ammonia derivatives, and these chemicals could cause severe burns in your cat’s digestive system.

Be sure to use products meant explicitly for cats when cleaning up after them.

7. Antifreeze and Your Cat

Antifreeze is another common toxin that can be fatal for your feline friend.

Antifreeze looks very appetizing to cats, and they will ingest it if given a chance.

Since antifreeze has a sweet taste, this could cause them to become ill over time if you don’t take action.

If you think that your cat has ingested antifreeze, you will want to bring it to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

There is an antidote for antifreeze poisoning, but it needs to be given as quickly as possible after ingestion.

8. Lillies

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Lilies are another common plant that is toxic to cats, and lilies contain a toxin that can cause renal failure in cats.

If your cat consumes just a small amount of lily, it could be fatal.

If you have any lilies in your home, keep them away from your cat.

You might also want to consider putting a child gate across any stairs or other areas where your cat might be able to access it.

Be sure to keep lilies away from any ponds or fish tanks.

Your cat may be tempted to drink out of those too, and they could also become sick.

The bottom line is that you should always be aware of the potential dangers that your cat could be exposed to.

The best way to do this is by being as informed as possible.

9. Caffeine

Lastly, we have caffeine. Caffeine is another substance that can be toxic to cats, and it is found in coffee, tea, soft drinks, and chocolate.

Caffeine can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythms, and seizures in cats, and in large quantities, it can be fatal. If you think your cat has ingested caffeine, you will want to get them to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

10. Chocolate and Coffee

Lastly, we have chocolate and coffee, and these two substances can be fatal to cats if they ingest them.

They both contain a chemical known as theobromine that is very dangerous for your cat, and this chemical can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and even death.

If you think your cat has ingested either of these substances, bring them to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

There is an antidote for chocolate poisoning that will help save their lives.

If you catch the issue early enough (before it gets too bad), then the prognosis is good.

Be sure to keep both of these substances out of your cat’s reach.

You might also want to consider childproofing your home after having a cat since they can get into things that you don’t expect them to.

As long as you are aware of the potential dangers that your cat could be exposed to, you can take the necessary precautions.

Be sure to always keep an eye on them, and if you have any questions, consult with your veterinarian.

In addition to being at risk for ingesting toxins, cats can also be injured or killed by everyday household items.

Some of these items include:

11. Plastic Bags

When a cat gets stuck inside a plastic bag, it may be impossible for them to get out.

They can’t move the bag with their paws, and they may not have any claws sticking out to help them cut through the material.

If you think your cat has gotten stuck in a plastic bag, you must act fast.

One thing that you can do is to try to coax them into moving towards an opening in the bag with their nose.

You might also want to try to slip your hand into the bag and push it along the cat’s body while guiding them out of it.

If this doesn’t work, you will need to cut the bag open.

Be very careful when doing this, as you don’t want to hurt the cat.

Use a pair of scissors and cut the bag from top to bottom, careful not to nick the cat with the blades.

Once the bag is open, please remove it from the cat’s body as quickly as possible.

If the cat has trouble breathing, you will want to get them to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

12. Drapery and Blind Cords

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Cats can also get caught in blind or drapery cords.

If they become entangled, then they could potentially strangle themselves.

This is especially true with a blind cord that has become wrapped around their neck and paws five times or more. You will need to act fast before the cat asphyxiates if this happens.

You can try to cut the cord around their neck first, as this may be the quickest way to get them out of danger.

If you don’t have scissors or wire cutters, your next best bet would be to use needle-nose pliers or tweezers.

Avoid cutting the cord near the cat’s skin, as this could cause more damage.

If you cannot free the cat from the cord on your own, you will need to get help.

Call a friend or family member, or take the cat to a veterinarian.

13. Windows and Mirrors

Cats like to look at themselves in the mirror or see what is happening outside a window.

However, if they get too close to the glass, they might not realize that it is there, and they could walk into it.

There have been cases where cats have walked straight through double-paned windows without breaking anything but their pride.

However, you also run the risk of them breaking a window and injuring themselves.

It is an easy fix that requires no tools whatsoever. It would be best to place something soft in front of where your cat likes to sit or look out of.

Place the object close enough to the glass that it will get their attention but far enough away so that they won’t walk into it.

You can use anything from a towel to a piece of furniture.

If you have a particularly rambunctious cat, you might consider using something more secure, like a baby gate.

Another hazard for cats is getting them stuck in tight spaces.

This can happen when they are trying to hide or when they are stuck between two pieces of furniture.

If your cat is stuck, the first thing that you need to do is try to free them.

If they are wedged in tightly, you might need help from a friend or family member. If that isn’t an option, then you can try to use a plunger to push them out.

Conclusion

Cats are curious creatures that like to explore the world around them.

Unfortunately, this curiosity can sometimes lead to injury or death.

If you’ve ever had a cat get stuck in your blinds or curtains, you know how frustrating it is to free them without injuring yourself.

Luckily for us humans (and our cats), we can do plenty of things before resorting to more drastic measures if they become trapped out of their own accord.

Just remember these tips and tricks when dealing with common household hazards that could harm your feline friends.