Top Cat Poisons

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Human Medicines

Some human over-the-counter and prescription medicines can be harmful to cats, therefore keep them out of their reach, such as:

  • Antidepressants
  • Cancer medicines
  • Cold medicines
  • Diet pills
  • Pain relievers (acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen)
  • Vitamins and other supplements

You may have heard that some popular medications are effective for both humans and cats. However, never give your pet any medications without consulting your veterinarian first; it’s simple to give them the wrong medicine or too much, which can be deadly.

Human Foods

While your cat may beg for food when you sit down to eat (or try to sneak a bite when you’re not looking), some human foods are harmful to cats, including:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine (coffee, soda, tea)
  • Chives
  • Chocolate
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Onions
  • Raisins
  • Xylitol (found in sugarless gums, candies, toothpastes)
  • Yeast dough

Indoor and Outdoor Plants

The following common houseplants, as well as a few more you may bring into your home, can be harmful to your cat’s health:

  • Aloe
  • Azalea
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Hyacinths
  • Lily
  • Marijuana
  • Mistletoe
  • Rhododendron
  • Sago Palm
  • Tulip

Insecticides and Other Chemicals

Some substances are particularly tasty to cats. Keep any chemicals locked away to keep them safe, especially:

  • Antifreeze
  • Bleach
  • Detergents
  • De-icing salts (which pets may walk through, then lick from their pads)
  • Dog flea and tick medication (pills, collars, spoot-on flea treatments, sprays, shampoos)
  • Fertilizers
  • Herbicides
  • Insect and rodent bait

More Household Hazards

Common household items that can choke or strangle your cat should be avoided. If they consume them, they may even block their intestines.

  • Chicken bones
  • Dental floss, yarn, or string
  • Holiday decorations, including lights and tinsel
  • Toys with small or movable parts