10 Tips for a Poison-safe Household

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  1. Be aware of the plants you have in your house and in your yard (if your cat goes outside.) The ingestion of azalea, oleander, lily, or yew plant material could be fatal to a cat. Visit cfainc.org to see a complete list of toxic plants and cats.
  2. When cleaning your house, never allow your cat access to the area where cleaning agents are used. A commercial toilet cleaner such as Lysol, can emit gases for up to 30 feet. This can irritate the cat’s intestinal tract, and corrosive action can chemically burn the sensitive membranes . There are many natural cleansers out there that are natural and safe for you and kitty. At the salon we use all natural cleansers and kill weeds out front with a spray bottle of straight white vinegar. And it works!
  3. If you use any type of mouse, roach, slug bait, or any other critter toxins, do not leave them accessible to your cat. They have a sweet smell, like anti-freeze that attracts your cat. They could have immediate kidney shutdown.
  4. Never give your cat any medications unless under the direct supervision of your veterinarian. Many medications used in humans can be deadly for cats. One extra strength acetaminophen tablet (500mg), can kill a 7 pound cat.
  5. Keep all prescriptions and over the counter drugs out of the reach of your cats.
  6. Never leave chocolates unattended. One half ounce of baking chocolate can cause clinical signs of toxicity.
  7. Let’s look at some common household items. Pennies, mothballs, potpourri, fabric softener sheets, laundry detergent, rubber bands, twist ties, ribbon, string, play dough, coffee grounds, cigarettes, alcohol, batteries and foot and hand warmers that you activate.
  8. All automotive products such as oil, gasoline and anti-freeze.
  9. Before buying any flea products or using them on your cat or in your household, contact your veterinarian. Read ALL information before using a product on your cat or in your home. When a product is labeled for dogs NEVER use it on your cat. Be leery of foggers. They leave toxic residue on everything in your house. Our skin, just like a cat’s skin is like a sponge. These products can be harmful to humans, despite what you read on the label.
  10. When treating your lawn or garden with fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides, keep your cats away from the area until it has dried completely. Toxins are absorbed into their body through the pads of their feet, and they lick their feet.

And finally, all natural products such as vinegar, baking soda, cleaning with a steamer, are so much healthier for you and your cat!

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