Poisonous for Cats

Don’t eat that: feline edition! We’ve covered plants and foods that dogs shouldn’t eat. Learn what items are poison for cats.

Cats may be pickier than dogs when it comes to food choices, but they can still get into some bad things! Just like with pooches, there are certain things in your household that could be dangerous to a feline. Below are some items that you should be aware of, some of which might surprise you!

  • Alcohol: this doesn’t just include rubbing alcohol. Liquor, beer, wine…you name it, it’s bad! Alcohol affects your pet’s liver and brain just like it does yours, but it takes far less to do a lot more damage. It doesn’t take much alcohol to put a cat in a coma, and it can be fatal.
  • Lilies: these pretty flowers can do ugly things to your animal’s kidneys. If your pet does not receive treatment shortly after it eats this flower, it can go into kidney failure. Symptoms of lily poisoning include drooling, vomiting, loss of appetite, lack of urination and dehydration.
  • Caffeine: this includes cocoa, chocolate, sodas and energy drinks. Caffeine can be potentially fatal to your cat. Signs of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, muscle tremors and heart palpitations and an abnormal heart beat. Speaking of chocolate…
  • Chocolate: this substance can also be fatal in cats, just like with dogs. This “treat” can result in an abnormal heart beat, tremors and seizures.
  • Amaryllis: these flowers tend to be very popular around the holidays. However, they are toxic to your feline, especially the bulbs! Symptoms include depression, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and tremors.
  • Tomato plants: Although these plants typically aren’t lethal, the leaves and stems still can cause some serious discomfort to your cat. Symptoms include drowsiness, weakness and confusion.

If you notice any of the above symptoms in your pet, particularly vomiting and diarrhea, it is a good idea to call your veterinarian or the local animal hospital. There is also an ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) that takes calls 24 hours a day at 888-426-4435.

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