Poisons which affect cats
Common Household Poisons Affecting Cats
There are several poisons affecting cats (and dogs), some lethally, of which many owners are entirely unaware. They all require prompt, often urgent, veterinary attention. In all cases, if you have any suspicion that your pet has been exposed to any of these poisons, it is essential that you call us urgently on (020) 8542 4524for advice, at any time of day or night. We check with our specialised Veterinary Poisons Information Service what the best treatment is for the particular poison and dose, while you bring your cat down to us.
- Lillies – any part of the plant, even a small amount of pollen, can be fatal.
- Most human medication, including paracetomol, ibuprofen (Neurofen) and Aspirin. Never give human medication to a pet unless instructed by a vet.
- Antifreeze used in cars. It is tasty so cats will lick it up.
- Many off-the-shelf dog flea products - even if your cat comes into contact with dog that has been recently treated, it can suffer fatal poisoning.
- Many rat and mouse poisons.
- Some slug baits.
- Many decorating materials, including paints, glass cleaners, wood preservatives, and brush cleaners.
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