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Protect Your Cat and Learn More About Pet Poison Control

Want to keep your kitty safe? Then you need to learn about pet poison control. Learning more about pet poisoning will help you prevent this emergency.

Cat parents never want their fur babies to be harmed.  But sometimes we forget how easily our pets can get into dangerous foods, plants, and more.

That’s why Pet Poison Prevention Month is so important.  This holiday reminds us to keep our furry friends safe from poisons.

Want to learn more about pet poison control?  Keeping reading! 

Cat Poison Examples

First, let’s talk about some common cat poisons. Remember, this list isn’t exhaustive. It’s just meant to give you an idea of what can harm your puss.

Certain Human Foods  

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Your kitty can’t enjoy all the foods you eat. Some cat-toxic foods include:

  • Chocolate
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Citrus fruits

Human Medicine

Don’t let your cat get into your medicine. This includes:

  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Prescription drugs
  • Vitamins
  • Herbal supplements

Veterinary Medicine Overdose

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There may come a time when your kitty needs veterinary medicine. Make sure you know how much to give your pet.

Otherwise, you may accidentally give too much. That can lead to big problems.

And don’t leave the medicine out. Instead, keep it hidden from your cat.

Cat Toxic Plants

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Many of us enjoy pretty flowers. Some of us even love to garden. But certain plants are dangerous for cats.

Examples include:

  • Tiger lilies
  • Daylilies
  • Daffodils
  • Tulips
  • Azaleas

Gardening Products

Are you a gardener? Great! Just be sure to keep all fertilizers and pest control products far away from your furball.

How to Tell if Your Pet Has Been Poisoned

Carefully storing cat-toxic foods, plants, and other items will help prevent your cat from being poisoned. But you can’t control everything.

No matter how hard you try to protect your puss, your pet might still get into something poisonous one day. If that happens, you will need to get veterinary help immediately.

Here are the signs of poisoning:

  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Pale gums
  • Excessive urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Nervousness
  • Shaking
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty breathing

What to Do If Your Cat Gets into Something Toxic

You know what the signs of poisoning are.  Now you need to know how to respond to that emergency.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Get your cat away from the poison. This may require putting your pet in another room.
  • If the poison got on your cat’s body, don’t let your feline lick herself.
  • Call the veterinarian right away. It’s crucial to act fast. The quicker your cat gets help, the more likely everything will turn out okay.
  • If your normal veterinarian isn’t available, get in touch with the emergency vet.
  • You could also call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. The number is (888) 426-4435. You may need to pay a fee.
  • If the poison comes from a container, take that container with you to the veterinarian.
  • Once you reach the vet, your cat will receive treatment. The proper treatment protocol depends on what type of poison you’re dealing with.

In Conclusion

Pet poison control is an important responsibility.  One that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

So, be sure to keep all toxins far away from your four-legged friend.  And have an emergency plan in case your beloved kitty ever gets into poison.

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