10 Surprising Household Items That Can Be Harmful to Cats

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The sad truth about about poisoning and emergencies in the home, is that they usually occur with normal everyday household items. The more you can educated yourself on these undercover hazards, the better you can protect your pets. And at PetHub we want to make sure you get that education so your pets are safe and happy.

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  1. Yarn. What?! Kitties LOVE yarn! Kitties may love yarn and string, but that doesn’t mean it’s good for them. Yarn and string poses a choking threat and can deadly damage to their intestinal tract if swallowed.
  2. House plants. Many common houseplants are lethal to cats. Some common plants include pothos, ivy and poinsettias are just a few. The ASPCA has a complete list of poisonous houseplants if you have a plant that’s questionable.
  3. Exposed electrical wires. Wires are tempting to chew on, however they can electrocute and even kill your cats. Make sure that all exposed wires are hidden away from your cats. Consider using electrical tape to tape down wires you hide.
  4. Bread dough. Sounds harmless but raw bread expanses in the stomach after being eaten and even small amounts can kill a pet.
  5. Bones. Bones can splinter cause a choking hazard for cats just as they do for dogs.
  6. Moldy foods. This may sound like common sense but mold is extremely toxic to cats.
  7. Permethrin. Permethrin is an ingredient used in many flea powders, lotions and collars that’s lethal to cats. Check labels before buying any flea products for your kitties.
  8. Tuna. Despite popular belief, tuna isn’t that great for cats. A steady diet of tuna can lead to malnutrition and the mercury levels in tuna can be dangerous for kittens and senior cats. 
  9. Milk. Bet, you didn’t know that most cats are lactose intolerant! Dairy may not be lethal but it can cause diarrhea and stomach upset.
  10. Several fruits and vegetables. Onions, garlic and grapes can all be harmful to cats and that’s just to name a few. When in doubt about the fruits and veggies, and just stick to their regular cat food.

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