Thursday 3 August 2023

**CAT HAZARDS** The BBHQ List of The Top Ten Dangers Around The Home For Cats

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Welcome to Cat Hazards ~ The Art of Keeping Your Cat Safer ~ Series at BBHQ 

Today we are sharing Part Six of our helpful series. 

If mew're new to being cat staff, then maybe there are a few things mew haven't thought about, and we're here to point mew in the right direction and share tips that we've garnered over 25+ years. And for those seasoned and veteran cat staff, do feel free to add more suggestions and tips in the comments, as all cat hacks are welcome.


The Top Ten Dangers Around The Home For Cats

As a cat pawrent, it is your responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment for your feline companion in your home. Unfortunately, there are various hidden hazards lurking around the house that mew may not even be aware of. Therefore, in this blog post, we will delve into the top ten dangers around the home for cats, so mew can keep your furry furiend out of harm's way.

Links lead to more detailed information in previous posts.

1. Toxic Plants: It is worth noting that many common household plants, including lilies, poinsettias, and azaleas, can be highly toxic to cats if ingested. Therefore, it is necessary to keep these plants out of your cat's reach or opt for cat-friendly houseplants instead (See link at bottom of post for more details). Also, be very careful with cut flowers too.

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2. Chemicals: Household cleaners, pesticides, and other chemicals can pose a considerable health risk to your cat if ingested or inhaled. For this reason, it is critical to store these items securely and keep your cat away from areas where they are being used. Also, the use of air fresheners and candles are not recommended.

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3. Electrical Cords: Cats love to play with strings and cords, but electrical cords can be a severe risk of electrocution if chewed on. To avoid this, keep cords out of your cat's reach or cover them with cord protectors.

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4. Open Windows: Although cats enjoy looking out of open windows, they can also be hazardous if your cat falls or jumps out. Therefore, it is advisable to install screens, or open only a small amount, make sure it's secure so little paws can't open it further, or even keep windows closed to prevent accidents, certainly on upper floors.

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5. Small Objects: Small objects such as rubber bands, hair ties, small toys etc... can be easily swallowed by cats and cause blockages in their digestive system. To prevent this, it is vital to keep these items out of your cat's reach at all times.

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6. Human Medications: Many human medications can be toxic to cats, and it is essential to keep all medications out of reach. It is advisable to consult your veterinarian before giving your cat any medication.

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7. Human Food: It is important to note that many common human foods, including chocolate, onions, and garlic, can be toxic to cats. Therefore, it is imperative to keep these foods out of your cat's reach and avoid feeding them table scraps.

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8. Plastic Bags: Cats enjoy playing with plastic bags, but they can be a suffocation hazard if your cat gets trapped inside. To prevent this, it is best to keep bags out of your cat's reach or dispose of them properly.

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9. Toilet Bowls: It is worth noting that open toilet bowls can be a drowning hazard for cats, especially curious kittens. It is always advisable to keep the lid closed or install a toilet seat lock.

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10. Hot Surfaces: Although cats love to curl up in warm areas, they can get burned if they lay on hot surfaces such as stovetops or heaters. To prevent this, it is advisable to keep these areas off-limits or supervise your cat when they are in these areas.

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By being aware of these common dangers around the home, mew can help ensure that your cat stays safe and healthy. As always, if mew suspect your cat has ingested something toxic or is experiencing any symptoms of illness, please contact your veterinarian immediately.

It doesn't take long to make your home a safe place, and mew'd do it for a baby/toddler/child, so do it for your cat too, and our K9 buddies of course!

If mew're looking for plants which are ok to have in your home check out: 

Top 12 Common Cut Flowers 'Safe' To Have Near Cats 

And if mew're looking for more advice on being a cat pawrent, check out our Top Tips for Cat Pawrents page too.

Thanks for joining us today, and we hope mew like our Cat Hazards series. We'll be back on the morrow with some more Friday Fluffers, so do join us for a few laughs.

Until then...
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  1. Very good advice. We thought we were careful about hazards but one Christmas found Flynn chewing on the little glass Christmas tree lights! There was a speedy rearrangement and from then on the bottom half of the tree was not illuminated.

  2. Purrfect list, Angel Basil, Stippie is a plastic fetish and he steals Granny's hair ties, so we're very aware of that, especially after he swallowed one, that he made first wet in the water, but that thankfully came out with a big hairball...phew! I on the other hand, try to eat effurrything that is exquisite, no unions in my menue though...MOL...Double Pawkisses for a Happy Week ahead to all of you🐾😽💞

  3. Chili Bruce is a beast for plastic bags, enough so that he'll dive into the open fridge just to find something plastic to lick. Nutball, our CB is!

  4. B Team, you are so wise to share this important info. Angel Seney burnt her paw due to Lynn's neglect to cover a hot electric range element. 15 years late, Lynn still cringes as to what she did.

  5. Thanks for the reminder. #1 always tries to be vigilant.

    The Chans

  6. Mom tries hard to keep all of us through the yers as safe as she can. She never fails to read advice like this in case there is something she doesn't know. Or even as a reminder.

  7. Good list on safety! I'm always vigilant about small items that might be swallowed, like beads used for eyes on some toy mice. Those could be chewed off. Philodendron is a common house plant here, and it's toxic to cats and dogs. I see it pictured in homes with cats often though.

  8. Great post. Rosie loves plastic bags so we have to be sure to hide them. XO

  9. So many hazards but that was really good info. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  10. Thanks for the warnings. Those things aren't good for dog either.


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