Common household Items that Are Poisonous To Cats – Video Transcript:
“It’s time to talk about cat poisons. I’m going to take you through some of the most common household items that I see cats getting into on a regular basis and some of them might surprise you.
One of the newer household items that cats are getting into is a product called Xylitol. It’s an artificial sweetener and it’s commonly found in sugar free gums and a lot of fat free and low fat yogurt. This is extremely poisonous to cats; it can cause some liver problems and can actually drive their blood sugar down fairly far and because it’s a newer issue there’s still some vets out there that don’t know about it and I know that there’s a lot of people who don’t know about it. So keep your cats away from all those products.
One of the most common poisonings that we see is something that humans themselves will give to their cats thinking that they’re doing them a favour. It’s over the counter pain killers, most of the over the counter pain killers that are readily available are really bad for your cats. Acetaminophen would be the worst offender. Cat livers cannot handle this drug. Very little of it, like one or two of these pills, is going to kill your cat, it is just that deadly. So keep it away from them.
Now a lot of cats loves to chew on household plants and I get calls on a regular basis just asking which plants in the house are toxic. Poinsettias get all the bad press and they are actually pretty innocuous. The number one household poison plant for cats is actually lilies. Anything in the lily family and any part of the lily plant is deadly to cats. Even a little bit of the pollen or even drinking some of the water that the lilies are sitting in, in a vase, can cause them to go into kidney failure and again it happens really fast. So keep your cats away from those lilies.
Now there are also a lot of poisons that kind of look like typical poisons, they’ve got the skull and cross bones on them, but some cats just can’t resist the taste of them. One of them is antifreeze. Antifreeze is delicious, it is sweet and yummy and your cat will love it.
The other household poison that of course cats can’t get enough of is rat poison or mouse poison. It is designed to be tasty, the manufacturers’ want the rats and the mice to eat it and your cat will quite happily eat it as well. They’ll sometimes actually get a secondary poisoning if they eat a mouse who has eaten mouse poison. If your cat does get into a mouse poison, bring the package into your clinic with you. There’s a few different types of common poisons out there, there all treated a little bit differently and knowing exactly what your cat got into is going to make it much easier to treat them appropriately.