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Poisoned Cat?

If you suspect your cat has eaten (or licked during grooming) anything contaminated with the following, take her to the vet immediately - they are all highly toxic:


Plenty of potential perils in the great outdoors!
Plenty of potential perils in the great outdoors!

  • Antifreeze – this is lethal, and most commonly ingested if used in a garden water feature
  • Disinfectants – the ones you lean the cat litter tray with will be pet-friendly; but standard household disinfectants are not, and some of them can be lethal to cats
  • Household chemicals such as turpentine and white spirit
  • Slug pellets – the common ingredients metaldehyde and methiocarb are highly toxic for all animals (making you wonder why we allow these thigs to be routinely scattered on gardens!)
  • Rat and mouse poison – it’s usually the poisoned rodent that causes the illness in cats
  • Weed killers – like slug pellets, these are commonly used in gardens, making them toxic danger zones. Certain ones – including brands that use the ingredient paraquat – can be lethal
  • Insect killers, including household fly sprays, can harm cats, even if they only breathe them in
  • Dog flea medications – cats have their own flea treatments preparations, and you must never use ones intended for dogs
  • All human drugs – just to be on the safe side. Things like aspirin and paracetamol are highly toxic for pets
  • Onions, raisins, grapes, chocolate, alcohol – some human foods are toxic for cats
  • Certain household and garden plants are poisonous. Cats often chew foliage, to make themselves sick if they are feeling unwell, or just out of boredom. They also brush against flowers, and will then lick the pollen as part of their grooming, so it’s best to avoid potential hazard plants altogether. The list of dangers includes:
    • Amaryllis (Amaryllis family)
    • Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
    • Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron family)
    • Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)
    • Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum family)
    • Cyclamen (Cyclamen family)
    • Daffodil (Narcissus family)
    • Dogbane (Apocynum family)
    • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
    • Foxglove (Digitalis family)
    • Giant milkweed (Calotropis gigantean)
    • Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe family)
    • Lilies (Lilium family)
    • Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
    • Milkweed (Asclepias family)
    • Narcissus bulbs (Narcissus family)
    • Oleander (Nerium oleander)
    • Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum family)
    • Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
    • Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
    • Spanish thyme (Coleus ampoinicus)
    • Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum)
    • Tulip bulbs (Tulipa family)
    • Yew (Taxus family)

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