Three Potential Household Health And Safety Threats Faced By Your Feline Friend

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If you're like most people who've opened your hearts and homes to one or more feline friends, you're probably already aware that veterinary experts recommend keeping cats indoors for the sake of their own health and safety. However, just because you keep your cat indoors doesn't mean that it's automatically safe. The following are three of the perils that may adversely affect an indoor cat. 

Household Chemicals 

Cats are extremely unlikely to purposely ingest household chemicals — after all, they're notoriously picky eaters who can be counted on to avoid lapping up bleach, disinfectants, cleaners, and other contents of your cleaning cabinet. However, these products can pose a health risk to furry friends in several indirect ways. For instance, if your cat steps on a small amount of bleach that was accidentally spilled on the floor and then tries to clean the substance off its foot or feet by licking them, you'll have to make a quick trip to your local animal hospital if you discover the issue in time. This could have tragic consequences if it happens when you're out of the house for any length of time. 

Household Pets

Even if your cat and dog seem relatively comfortable with one another and may even cuddle up together at times, leaving them alone in the house together should be avoided until you are 100% certain that the animals are completely compatible. Never leave a young dog alone with a cat, particularly if they're a breed with a high prey drive. Even if you're sure your dog won't get up to any mischief while you're gone, make sure your cat has several high places where it can scamper to safety in the event of a tussle. Dogs sometimes get carried away in the heat of the moment, so it's better to err on the side of caution. 

Houseplants

Many houseplants are toxic to cats, and the good news is that mature cats generally leave plants alone. Common culprits include aloe vera, English ivy, and succulents such as snake plants and jade. The bad news, however, is that many veterinarians have learned to expect an increase in emergency room visits during the Easter season due to furry friends ingesting Easter lilies. Easter lily plants often come wrapped in shiny ribbons and bows that are attractive to curious felines, and ingesting even a small amount of the plant poses a serious health risk.

For more information, contact a veterinarian.  

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