Most cats are curious and very independent – that’s why we love them. But your home is full of potential perils to your nosey moggie mate. Here are a few to look out for:
Poisons and baits
Rat and snail baits are so toxic that many animal owners won’t have them in the house. If you must use them, store unused baits well out of reach of animals and children. When using them, place them only where rats, mice or snails, not your pets, could come across them. If your cat finds a dead rat or mouse, don’t let him play or eat it – if the mouse was poisoned by a bait and your cat eats the mouse, it can be fatal to your pet too. Be aware that ant killer can also be fatal to cats. If you think your cat may have eaten something toxic, get to your vet right away.
Inside the home
Believe it or not the rise in the home office has also produced a rise in accidents for cats, and the main culprit is the paper shredder. Vets are reporting they have seen cats whose paws and tails have been caught in shredders, particularly those with automatic feeds. If you do have a shredder, keep it turned off at the wall. Adjustable furniture such as recliners and sofa beds are also a danger to cats, who like to hide under beds and chairs. Before adjusting your chair or putting away the sofa, check to see that your precious pet isn’t using it as a hidey hole. Electrical cords are a danger – some cats chew the cords, exposing the wires and risking electric shock. Also be aware of things like household cleaners – cats have been known to lick walls and floors that have recently been cleaned with bleach and other common cleaners. Always contact your vet if you suspect your cat has ingested something she shouldn’t have.
Other common dangers
Cats, like dogs, love the idea of sniffing around the bin for lovely leftovers, but our bins aren’t places for pets. Cooked bones, dental floss, food skewers, plastic wrappers – there is probably little in your bin that isn’t potentially hazardous to your cat if she ingests it. So keep a lid on it. Your medicine cupboard also poses a threat. Common medications can be fatal to pets, so store your hayfever and headache tablets well away from curious paws.