5 Household Dangers for Your Cat From Your Issaquah Veterinarian
At Meadows Cat Hospital, our Issaquah vet center takes so much pride in offering quality cat care to East Seattle, Sammamish, Bellevue, and the surrounding areas. As a cat owner, you always want to protect your feline friend, but did you know there could be some hidden dangers lurking in your home?
1. House Plants
Unfortunately, some houseplants can be toxic to cats, so be careful about what you bring into your home (or what you leave on your patio if you have outdoor cats). One of the most toxic plants for cats is that of the lily flower, which can be fatal if even just a small amount of pollen is ingested by a cat.
2. People Food
Human food should never be fed to cats, but there are some types that are especially dangerous. A couple of the most dangerous foods for cats include grapes and raisins, so be sure to keep these out of reach at all times. Chocolate is also another common offender.
3. Toilet Water
Dogs aren't the only household pets that have a tendency to drink out of the toilet! If you have an automatic toilet bowl cleaner, be careful; the chemicals from these can be fatal if your cat drinks water directly from the bowl itself. Try keeping toilet lids down in your home when they're not in use to prevent your cat from sneaking a sip.
4. Plastic Bags
Plastic bags can pose a suffocation risk for cats, so keep them out of reach. Many cats will also try to chew on plastic bags, which can lead to choking or even lodging of foreign material in your cat's digestive tract. This can lead to vomiting and even blockages that can be life-threatening.
5. Thread, Floss, Etc.
While cats are known to enjoy playing with yarn, string, and other dangly materials, you should limit your cat's play with anything other than actual cat toys. If ingested, thread, floss, and similar items can become seriously dangerous to your cat's health.
These are just a few of the most common dangers that could be lurking in your household and putting your cat at risk. Are any of these found in your home?
Schedule an Appointment With Our Feline Veterinary Clinic
If your cat gets ahold of a dangerous item and is showing signs of a medical problem, such as vomiting or diarrhea, it's time to bring your cat into our feline veterinary center as soon as possible. You can reach our clinic by calling (425) 392-8770. We proudly serve East Seattle, Sammamish, Bellevue, and Issaquah.