Beware of dangers around your home that can harm your beloved feline if purposely or accidentally ingested.
Most plants and flowers that are poisonous to cats! The most toxic are:
Lilies in all forms (Easter, Tiger, Day, Asiatic, Japanese, and Calla). These popular plants are typically found in floral arrangements. Cat ingestion of lily stems, leaves, flowers, pollen or even lily water, is extremely toxic and will result in death in many cases! Please do not have lilies in your home.
Other common toxic houseplants include: Aloe, Azalea, Chrysanthemum, Daffodils, Mistletoe, Poinsettia, Rhododendron, and Tulips.
Toxic human foods include: alcohol, avocado, bones & fat drippings, broccoli, caffeine, chocolate, coffee, grapes/raisins, hops, macadamia nuts (and others), milk/diary, moldy foods, mushrooms, root vegetables (chives, garlic, onions, leeks, & shallots), rhubarb, salty foods, seeds or pits in fruit (apple, apricot, cherry, peach, pear, plum, nectarine), mustard seed, tuna (for humans), xylitol (in candy, baked foods, sugarless gum, & toothpaste), and yeast dough. The potato family of plants (tomatoes, potatoes, paprika, chilli peppers, & eggplant) are extremely toxic in RAW form. Their foliage and vines included.
Lethal “over the counter” pet medications include: topical flea and tick medications for dogs and cats. Some toxic name brands are – Hartz Flea and Tick Control or Home Spray, Sergeants Flea Drops, and Big Spot Flea Shampoo. Purchase flea medications and other products from a vet.
Other toxic sources include: human medications, cosmetics, household products, many essential oils (diffused or topically applied), insecticides, and antifreeze etc.
Other items include: dental floss, rubber bands, ribbon, string, twine, small objects (buttons), balls of wool/yarn, Christmas tinsel, dangling cords, paper clips, magnets, and batteries etc.
Four very helpful websites are: The Cat Community (catfriendly.com), The Humane Society of the US (humanesociety.org), the BCSPCA (spca.bc.ca) and the (US) ASPCA (aspca.org) The latter site has a complete list and description of the effects of all poisonous plants, foods, household products, human medications and cosmetics on pets. The information contained on this page was largely drawn from these aforementioned websites.
The ASPCA Poison Control Center is a vital information source to call if you suspect that your cat has ingested or had any dangerous exposure to any of toxic sources above. The 24-hr number is 1-888-426-4435. An attending veterinarian can provide specific medical information (diagnosis, treatments) as it pertains to your individual case. Otherwise, take your pet to an Animal ER in the Lower Mainland – Canada West Veterinary Specialists (604-473-4882), Vancouver Animal Emergency (604-879-3737), or Burrard Animal ER (604-738-5683).