Mar 222017

Here's my PSA for the day

Hi guys. Today I wanna take some time out for a Public Service Announcement. Did you know that this week, March 19-25, is National Poison Prevention Week? And while there’s a lot done to educate parents about poison prevention for children, we shouldn’t forget that pets are just as vunerable.

Pet Poison Prevention

Us cats, being the curious animals that we are, get into stuff that we shouldn’t. Every year, many cats are poisoned because they eat or drink something that is harmful to them…usually every day things around your house or yard. So I wanna remind all you cat parents out there of some of these things that could pose a danger to your cat.

Lilies are VERY poisonous to cats

Lilies. Yep, these flowers may be pretty but they’re very deadly to cats. Eating just one or two leaves, flower pieces, pollen or even drinking water from the vase may cause kidney failure in cats. And at Easter time, these plants are more available and likely to be brought into the home. You definitely want to keep all lily plants as far away from cats as possible. The best thing? If you have cats…keep lilies out of your house.

Flea and tick medications. Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t use flea and tick medications on your cat if he or she needs it, but many times humans use ones that aren’t purchased through a veterinarian. These products are generally safe when used as directed. Problem is…humans, being humans, don’t read the directions and may use a product not designed for a cat or the cat’s actual body weight. When used incorrectly, cats can suffer tremors, seizures and sometimes even death. If you’re gonna use one of these over-the-counter flea products, please make sure to use the correct product for your cat.

Keep household cleaners away from pets

Household cleaners. Most cleaners are fairly safe if diluted properly and used as directed. But some of the more concentrated cleaners like toilet bowl, oven and drain cleaners are not safe for cats and can cause chemical burns in the mouth and throat if a cat should drink it. No matter what, you should keep all household cleaners in places cats can’t reach or get into.

Keep medications away from pets

Medications. All human medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, should be kept far away from cats. Cats are particularly sensitive to medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen. If eaten, even in small doses, these can cause gastrointestinal upset, ulcers and possibly kidney failure. Acetaminophen, best known as Tylenol, is deadly to cats and should never ever be given to a cat.

Let me share a story with you. When I was younger cat, about a year old, I accidently ate a little bit of Motrin. The dad-guy had mistakenly left a plastic bag containing some Motrin pills on the kitchen counter and…being the plastic chewer that I am…I couldn’t resist. When the mom discovered the plastic bag on the floor with a few chewed-on pills, she immediately took me to the emergency vet clinic because, of course, it was after my own vet had closed for the day. When they pieced together the broken pills, it appeared that I really didn’t eat much…I mostly chewed on the plastic bag. But the vet didn’t want to take any chances, and gave me something to counteract the medication and did blood work to make sure I was okay. I was lucky…I was okay and didn’t have any issues. From then on, the mom became fanatical about keeping medications away from us. And you should keep them away from your cats, too.

Onions, chives, leeks and shallots. While these may be tasty in human foods, if a cat eats these it can cause damage to the red blood cells. They can also cause gastrointestinal problems as well. It’s best to keep these and foods containing them away from cats.

Chocolate can be deadly to pets

Chocolate. As tasty as this might be for humans…I know the mom loves her chocolate…cats should never eat any kind of chocolate. Baker’s chocolate and dark chocolate are the most dangerous and even small amounts are toxic.

You know the saying…curiosity killed the cat? Let’s not have that become a reality. Please make sure you keep those things that may be a danger to your cats in places safely away from them.

If you suspect that your cat has eaten something that it shouldn’t have, please call your vet immediately, or you can contact the ASPCA national poison control hotline at 888-426-4435In fact, you should keep your vet’s number and this hotline number next to your phone or in your contacts in your cell phone. I hope you’ll never need to use it.

I'm ready for a nap

Okay, that’s my PSA for today…it’s time for a nap.

  65 Responses to “Things Around Your Home That Are Poisonous to Cats”

  1. You’re such a good furiend, Wally, always looking out for others. Thank you for sharing this very important information with us!

  2. That is such good advice Wally. Thanks for all those facts.

  3. Good reminder, Wally. Thanks, little buddy. Hugs.

  4. good job Wally – very important information!!

  5. Great PSA, Wally! Thanks for all the info.

  6. Great post! We scheduled ours for Monday a few weeks ago …since it is Pet Poison Awareness Month

  7. Thanks Wally that was a most helpful PSA!!
    Mom says having pets is like having little 2 leggers everything needs to be out of reach!!
    Hugs madi your bfff

  8. We can’t be reminded too much about things like this – it’s so easy to just forget to hide away the bad stuff that we have in our houses that we normally don’t give a second thought to leaving out! I hope your HAM-MICK nap was delightful Wally.

    Love, Angel Sam and Ted

  9. It’s always good to be reminded of the dangers that can be in our house that could be very hazardous to our pets. I didn’t realize just how poisonous Lillies were to cats, so glad that I don’t care for them very much!

  10. Very important PSA! Thanks for sharing this valuable info. We just recently learned about Lillies being poisonous recently. I had no idea

  11. Always good to be reminded as sometimes we let our guard down. Like the hammock bed.

  12. Great post! It’s so important to be aware of our environment and toxins. And, if you are a chewer, that PVC pipe is very toxic. 😉

  13. Thank you for the very important post, Wally! Very common items can be really dangerous for kitties. You must have scared your mom a lot for taking morton. Glad you were OK.

  14. Hi Wally, you handsome boy! This is such good info. That is scary about the Motrin. The lady wants to know why these things always happen after vet hours.

  15. Those are some good things to know.

  16. Wally, thank you for educating & reminding humans, ’cause they not always aware & can be forgetful at times! So thankful that you didn’t ingest enough Motrin to ’cause you to be sick kitty. I like to chew on plastic bags, too, so mom has to make sure they are put away along with the meds. You are good ambassador to National Poisonous Prevention Week. Mew Mew!

  17. thanks wally. great info to keep in mind.

  18. Great posty Wally. You’re so very smart. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  19. Thank you for the reminder of this important pet safety information. I’m glad your cat was alright after chewing on the bag with the Motrin, I always worry about things like that.

  20. This information is always timely and can’t be stressed enough. But enough stress for the day. Enjoy your nap, Wally!

  21. That’s a great list! I remember a client at the vet clinic gifted us an Easter Lilly one year. Our Kennel Tech manager took it home with her, and ironically enough her cat had to be admitted to the hospital for kidney failure. Poor guy. He made it out OK thankfully, but it sure did make him very sick.

  22. This is all very important information! My human is very careful about keeping away all dangerous substances from us… but she isn’t infallible.

  23. dood…thanx for sharin thiz post….N whoa….we iz buzzed glad ya dinna eat mor motrin N ya did….. ~~
    for sure that waza close call ~~~~ ♥♥ hope yur plastic chewin dayz iz over two ♥♥

  24. I’m so glad to see lots of us sharing the DANGER messages about toxins in our homes. It’s up to us to keep our fur kids safe. Thanks for the great info!

  25. You did a great job, Wally, and gave us very important information. I don’t have any plants in the house because I’m afraid one of the cats will chew on them. I knew about the garlic and onions, but I had not heard about chives and leeks being dangerous. Thank you for this post!

  26. Always good to be reminded, rather be safe than sorry, thanks for this post

  27. We want to add that if any of your cat(s) take medication to not allow other pets access to that medicine! A number of years ago, we learned that a (now former) pet sitter was not pilling Benny but putting his medication in his food bowl. Someone had eaten the pill, but we never knew who or how often. It scared us because we had no idea how often this happened or how much was eaten. Everyone was ok but it sure scared us! (And if you have dogs and cats, some dog medication is toxic to cats!)

    • Thanks for sharing this! It is SO important that the right pet is getting the medication. And, you’re right…putting meds in foods can lead to others getting it instead. We’re glad to hear that everything was okay with your cats.

  28. There are so many things cats simply can NOT be near and we need to be vigilant!!!!

  29. Darn pressed enter too soon.

    Lilies are especially lethal and we need to be vigilant and demand they be taken out of bouquets evey single time.

  30. Thank you so much for these tips. But is it reallly true that I cannot even lick papa’s ice cream stick when it’s almost completely bare? It’s only a little lick and then over. He cleans his sticks pretty well, dammit.

  31. This is such important information, Wally! We are so glad you didn’t get sick from those pills. We try to be diligent about things like that around here; and I even prefer to use all natural cleaners so they are safer for the pets.

  32. Super important information, Wally! Thanks so much for sharin’. purrs

  33. How kind of you Wally to delay your nap so that you can educate other humans.

  34. Pawsome PSA, Wally!

  35. Xylothol is the big new one. It’s in so many things! peanut butter for example!

  36. Great PSA Wally! You deserve that nap! Our mommy is a hopeless worrywart so she makes sure we’re never exposed to anything poisonous so thanks for the reminder!

  37. These are such important reminders. That must have been such a scary experience for you, Wally! We’re glad it all turned out OK.

  38. Eggplant is another toxin, I think. Pip once ate a piece that fell on floor and was terribly ill.

  39. You did a great job of covering everything Wally. Well done sweetie 🙂

    the critters in the cottage xo

  40. Mum does her best to keep all that stuff away from me. Thanks mum.

  41. Thank you for the reminders, Wally! Kitties can be so sensitive to things. It is much easier to take the time to prevent a poisoning than it is to try and deal with the poisoning once it has happened. I would be very scared if my kitties got a hold of one of these things!

  42. Thanks for sharing such important information, Wally.

  43. thanks for the very important PSA, Wally! Medications are the scariest to me. Really important to keep them out of reach.

  44. Excellent post. I am glad you were OK after getting into that Motrin.

  45. Thanks for the PSA! I knew that lilies were toxic to cats, but it wasn’t until recently that I learned how dangerous they are. Our cat isn’t very curious, but we still try to keep anything potentially toxic out of his reach. (Same for our dogs.)

  46. Very informative post, Wally. You know what TW was thinking while she was reading it? She said she thinks that feral cats are so much smarter than housecats. They had lilies and leeks in their garden and never saw a cat that was sickened by eating them or even saw a cat go near them.

  47. Excellent post, Wally. A little knowledge and prevention sure goes a long way!

  48. We think it is so unfair that dogs and cats can’t have chocolate. Our mom and dad seem to really love it and it smells yummy. They always say “no” to us when we beg their candy!

  49. Great post, and great reminder ! There are so many dangerous items in a house… Purrs

  50. Great public service message! It’s a good time to remind people about the dangers around our homes & yards to pets. Cats in particular since they can jump & climb even more than dogs, increasing the risk of getting into something bad.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  51. That’s very worthy information, Wally. We are so relieved that you was lucky after the pills incident. It’s terrible sad to see your kitty get poisened 🙁 Granny says, people have to see pets as children, then they are more aware of the poisened stuff. Pawkisses for a Happy Day 🙂 <3

  52. Good info!!!

    We wanted to thank you for the kind words you left for Cousin Trooper. He was a super ManCat and we will miss him.

    The Florida Furkids

  53. Great PSA! Our peeps are always on guard against the evil ones!

  54. What a great post1 Thanks for the reminders, especially the chocolate part. Mes has been kown to goes after Mommy’s

  55. Great information today!

  56. Even if we cat guardians know this info, it never hurts to have a reminder. We can see why you need a nap, Wally. That was a lot of info to post. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy.

  57. Very informative. So glad you survived the Motrin scare.

  58. Wally, there sure are a lot of things that are dangerous to our furry friends! Thank you for the important reminders! I am like your mom – I am very careful about what I keep out. Carmine is a plastic chomper like you, and I never leave any bags out for him. I am pretty paranoid about household cleaners and plants, too. Us mommies have to protect our precious fur babies, you know. 🙂 <3

  59. Well done! And I’m so glad you mentioned those lillies. When I worked in emergency veterinary medicine, it seemed like I saw lilly-eating cats on every shift close to Easter. They must be pretty darn tasty.

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

  60. lilies are not talked about nearly enough

  61. Good info, Wally!

  62. You are furry wise,Wally.
    We knew about lilies, but there are lots of other toxic plants, too. What a lot of yuck we have to tell the peeps about, huh?!
    Some or even all of those things are bad fur pups too.

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