Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Plants in the Ilium species, such as Easter, Tiger and Asiatic lilies, cause kidney failure in cats.
Most general purpose cleaners ( Windex, Formula 409) are fairly safe, but concentrated
products like toilet bowl or drain cleaners can cause chemical burns.
Flea and tick spot on products for dogs:
Those that are pyrethroid based ( Zodiac, K9 Advantix, Sergeant's etc.) cause tremors
and seizures and can be deadly to cats.
Cymbalta and Effexor. Cats seem strangely drawn to these medications.
Beware ingestion can cause severe neurological and cardiac effects.
Cats are even more sensitive than dogs to drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen.
Prescription ADD/ADHD Medications:
These amphetamines such as Adderall, Concerta, Dexedrine and Vyvanse can cause tremors, seizures, cardiac problems and death.
Over the counter cough, cold and allergy medications:
Those that contain acetaminophen (Tylenol) are particularly toxic, as they damage
red blood cells and cause liver failure.
Plants containing insoluble calcium oxalate crystals:
Common houseplants like the peace lilly, philodendron and pothos can cause
oral/upper GI irritation, foaming at the mouth and inflammation when ingested but severe symptoms are uncommon.
Most household sprays and powders are fairly safe, but it is best to keep
curious kitties away until the products have dried or settled.
Glow stick and glow jewelry:
These irresistible toys contain a chemical called dibutyl phthalate.
When it contacts the mouth, pain and excessive foaming occurs, but the signs quickly resolve
when the cat eats food or drinks water