Some human over-the-counter and prescription human grade medicines pose serious toxicity risks to cats, including:
You may have learned that some common medicines work for people and cats. While this is true, refrain from offering your cat any medications without first consulting with your vet. Many medicines that are virtually harmless for people can be very toxic, even fatal for cats.
Many cats beg when we sit down to eat, even try to steal some tidbits when we are not paying attention. There are several humans foods that can be quite toxic to cats, including:
Common houseplants and some others that may be present in and around the home can be toxic to cats. These include:
Some chemicals surprisingly can taste especially appealing to certain cats. Thus, without exception, keep any chemicals safely locked away, especially:
Remain vigilant about common household items that can choke, strangle, block intestines, or electrocute:
Call your vet: Have your veterinary clinic’s and Animal Poison Control Center [(888) 426-4435] phone numbers posted in a visible, convenient place to refer to in a snap.
Watch for the onset of common clinical signs. Common signs of feline toxicity include:
Dr. Roger Welton is a practicing veterinarian and highly regarded media personality through a number of topics and platforms. In addition to being passionate about integrative veterinary medicine for which he is a globally recognized expert, Dr. Welton was also an accomplished college lacrosse player and remains to this day very involved in the sport. He is president of Maybeck Animal Hospital , runs the successful veterinary/animal health blogs Web-DVM and Dr. Roger’s Holistic Veterinary Care, and fulfills his passion for lacrosse through his lacrosse and sport blog, The Creator’s Game.