Top 10 Toxins for Cats


1. Lilies

Plants in the Lilium species, such as Easter, tiger, and Asiatic lilies, cause kidney failure in cats.

2. Household cleaners

Most general purpose cleaners such as Windex and 409 are fairly safe, but concentrated products such as toilet bowl or drain cleaners can cause chemical burns.

3. Flea and tick spot-on products for dogs

Those that are pyrethroid based (Zodiac, K9 Advantix, Sergeant's) cause tremors and seizures and can be deadly to cats.

4. Antidepressants

Cymbalta and Effexor can cause severe feline neurologic and cardiac effects on ingestion.

5. NSAID's

Cats are even more sensitive than dogs to drugs such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen. Even veterinary-specific NSAID's should be used only as the doctor prescribes.

6.Prescription ADD/ADHD medications

Can cause tremors, seizures, cardiac problems, and death in pets.

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7. Over the counter cough, cold, and allergy medications

Those that contain acetaminophen are particularly toxic to cats as they damage red blood cells and cause liver failure.

8. Some houseplants

Houseplants such as peace lilies, philodendron, and pothos can cause oral and upper gastrointestinal irritation, foaming at the mouth, and inflammation when ingested by cats.

9. Household insecticides

Most of these household sprays and powders are fairly safe, but it's best to keep cats away from plants after application until the products have dried or settled.

10. Glow sticks and glow jewelry

These toys contain a chemical that causes pain and excessive foaming when it comes in contact with the mouth. Signs quickly resolve when the cat eats food or drinks water.

If you suspect your pet has been poisoned, contact us immediately. If it is after hours, contact the Pet Emergency Clinic at 509-326-6670.

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