Tens of thousands of pet poisonings happen each year and many of these involve our beautiful Persian cats. The yearly ranking of the top poisons for cats is below with number 1 being new for this year.
- Household over the counter medications: The vast numbers of these is staggering. Just think what is available at your local drug store, vitamin, health and wellness store. The number can go into the thousands and these were meant for humans not cats.
- People prescription medicines: Just below OTC medications are prescription medicines. These are most often ingested by cats when their human drops a pill and unable to find it. Rest assured, your cat who is only inches off the floor will find it every time.
- Insecticides: With nearly 10% of all poison emergencies insecticides are extremely dangerous to cats. Yes those pesky ants and bugs are a nuisance to us. But be careful where you spray and never let your cat in these areas when it is still wet. They taste test and walk in the chemical and then groom themselves to get it off.
- People food: Human food is made for humans. So many things that make up our food may potentially hurt our cats. Onions and onion powder, garlic and garlic powder, alcohol, chocolate, xylitol, grapes, raisins……
- Household things: Cleaning products, paint, deodorizers, candles, soaps, the list is never ending.
- Veterinary medicines: With nearly 7% of all poisonings the the medicines the vet prescribes can hurt or kill your cat. Cats can overdose when their owner makes mistakes. Chewable medications can be enticing to cats.
- Chocolate: Everyone knows this or at least they should. Chocolates and cats do not get along. And with the popularity of dark chocolates it gets even worse. The darker the chocolate the more dangerous for kitty.
- Plants: Both indoor and outdoor plants account for almost 5% of all poisons. List of many plants can be found here.
- Rodenticides: Rat and mouse poisons can be fatal to a cat. Don’t do it! Kitty will find it regardless how well you hide it.
- Lawn and garden products: Herbicides, fungicides, gasoline, oils. When kitty is outside she likes to explore and these will be found.
If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call
ASPCA Animal Poison Control (888) 426-4435
Pet Poison Helpline 855-764-7661