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Common Household Items That Are Poisonous to Your Cat

Your cat is a much-loved member of your family, but many items in your home are poisonous to your pet. Keeping your cat away and safe from these poisonous items is an important part of caring for your furry feline friend. If you think your cat has eaten or been exposed to any of these items, call Animal Medical Center in Pleasanton immediately.

Human Foods

Your cats should always stick to their regular diet designed for their needs. There will always be crumbs, and they might try to sneak a snack. Fresh foods, like garlic, onions, chives, and grapes, are poisonous to cats. Likewise, cats should never share your raisins, chocolate, or alcohol. Caffeine from coffee, tea, and soda is especially hazardous to cats, so make sure they stick to water.

Cleaning Products

Your garage and the cabinet under your sink are probably the most dangerous spots in the house for your cat. These areas are usually filled with chemicals that are poisonous to cats. These items can be especially tricky since many chemicals and cleaners have a sweet smell that cats want to sample. No matter where you store them, keep detergents, drain cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, bleach, and disinfectants away from your cat. Other items, such as antifreeze, fertilizer, insecticide, insect or rat poison, and de-icing salt are equally dangerous.


Many kitties love to dig in a flower pot or plant bed. Unfortunately, if they decide to nip at your plants that might be trouble since many plants are poisonous to cats. In particular, keep your pet away from lilies, daffodils, chrysanthemums, aloe, foxglove, and tulips. During the holiday season, a few more hazards pop up with popular decorations since mistletoe and poinsettias are also poisonous.

Call an Emergency Veterinarian in Pleasanton, CA

At Animal Medical Center of Pleasanton, we offer urgent pet care services. Call us immediately at 925-734-8387 if you think your cats have eaten something they shouldn’t, or if you have any questions about common household items that are poisonous to cats.

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