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• ASK DR. WATTS: Keep your pet safe from toxic household items

2/22/2020  "Veterinarians are often presented with situations where common household plants and products have led to severe toxicity in pets. Well-meaning pet owners are often not aware of the dangers until it is too late. This list is comprised of some of the more common and deadly toxins found in the home." - Culpeper Star-Exponent

- Human Foods Toxic to Cats -

Watch as Dr. Clayton Greenway, DVM speaking for discusses household foods that are toxic to our pets and clarifies any common misconceptions.

Which [Human] Foods are Toxic to Pets?

Dr. Greenway discusses the dangers of foods like: 

  • chocolate
  • caffeine
  • chives
  • onions
  • garlic
  • alcohol
  • avocado
  • grapes
  • raisins
  • yeast dough
  • macadamia nuts
  • xylitol (sugar substitute)

Other websites also list:

  • milk and dairy products - including cheese and yogurt
  • dog food
  • raw eggs
  • green tomatoes
  • raw, green potatoes and the plant leaves and stems
  • coffee, tea and energy drinks
  • fat trimmings
  • too may treats
  • your medicine
  • currants
  • raw liver
  • citrus and citrus oil extracts
  • coconut and coconut oil
  • nuts (walnut, macadamia, etc. - including peanut butter)
  • mushrooms
  • cherries
  • fruit with pits (peach, cherry, avocado, apricot, etc.)
  • rhubarb leaves
  • nutmeg
  • seeds, including apple seeds
  • chewing gum
  • hops
  • moldy foods
  • mustard seeds
  • salt
  • sugar
  • tobacco

Also... go to Dr. Greenway's website (linked above) to learn about the '18 Common Houseplants That Are Poisonous to Cats and Dogs.' Additional Serious Information: Read Michael Broad's article in PoC titled 'The Top 10 Cat Poisons in the USA and Lilies are in the Number 1 Spot'.

• APCC® - People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

Click Here for Detailed Information About Each of the Following:

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine
  • Citrus
  • Coconut and Coconut Oil
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Milk and Dairy
  • Nuts
  • Onions, Garlic, Chives
  • Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones
  • Salt and Salty Snack Foods
  • Xylitol
  • Yeast Dough

• Why is chocolate bad for cats and dogs?

5/15/20  "If you've long been a fur parent, you've probably heard about the warning that chocolate is potentially toxic for your pet cat or dog. But why exactly is it toxic for them, even though it is completely safe for humans to eat? The answer lies in its component called theobromine." - GMA Entertainment

• Human foods could pose serious health risks to your cat

2/26/2020  "Obviously, not all can afford to feed their cats a healthy and balanced diet like so many articles suggest. Most pet owners resolve to leftovers from their refrigerators and tables. However, did you know that no matter how harmless these human foods are, some are actually deadly for cats?" - TheSuburban

• 13 human foods that are actually harmful for cats - and some may surprise you

12/7/2019  "Most cat owners are guilty of feeding their feline friends from their own plate - but what foods shouldn't you feed them?" "Milk, bread and fatty meat are among the potentially harmful foods that shouldn't be fed to cats, according to experts." - NorthWalesLive

• 10 Foods You Shouldn’t Give to Your Cat No Matter How Pitifully It Asks

10/23/2019  "Cats can't taste sweet things. Also, some foods are not only tasteless to them, but are also very dangerous to their health. So while we think we are being good owners, we might actually be harming them. There are foods that are even poisonous to our cats and we need to pay attention to them because it is always better to be safe than sorry." - Bright Side

• Human Foods That Are Toxic for Cats

10/03/2019   "Some cats will beg and plead for human food, especially when they see you eating. Giving your cat any table scraps or tidbits of human food is a dangerous practice that should not be encouraged for multiple reasons. First, cats need the nutrients that are specifically provided for them in good, premium cat foods, and any "extras" that they consume will take away their appetites for their regular meals." - TheSprucePets

• Foods Cats Can't Eat

"Have you ever wondered whether it’s safe for your cat to eat the leftovers they have their eye on? While cats are typically fussier than dogs and seem to know what they want, they don’t always get it right – sometimes cats will want to eat things that aren’t good for them. When that happens, it’s important for owners to understand which human-food their pets can and can’t eat." - PetsAtHome

• Six Foods You Should Never Feed To Cats

2/17/2020  "Cats may not chow down on garbage like dogs do, but they get into their share of people food, houseplants and other weird things. Here's why certain ordinary-seeming items are dangerous to cats, and what you can do about them." - lifehacker

Household, Car and Cleaning Products Toxic to Cats

• APCC® - Poisonous Household Products

Click Here for Detailed Information About Each of the Following:

  • Bleach
  • Carpet  Fresheners
  • Carpet Shampoo
  • Essential Oils
  • Fabric Softener Sheets
  • Febreze
  • Grout
  • Swiffer Wet Jet
  • Toilet Cleaning Tablets
  • Vinegar and Water

• WARNING: Cats love the taste of anti-freeze, but if they drink it, they die

"With winter now upon us vets are warning owners of cats of the danger of antifreeze poisoning. Your cat may find it sweet and tasty, but anti-freeze is also deadly."

12/8/2019  "A Wakefield vet has issued a stark reminder to cat owners of the dangers of antifreeze. The warning from Calder Vets comes in the wake of the death of two cats from the same family. Vets suspect the pair became ill after drinking antifreeze." - Wamiz

• Consider pet safety when spring cleaning

3/11/2020  "Warmer weather, shedding fur, blooming flowers, and muddy paws mean spring is just around the corner! For many of us, it also means starting fresh with a good old-fashioned spring cleaning. Because this tradition involves using various cleaning products and stirring up dust that has been settling all winter long, make plans for your fur babies to be in another area of the house and to use only pet-safe products." - Finger Lakes Times

• Mouse Poisons Kill Pets and Wildlife

3/2/2020  "Q: I need to put some mouse poison in the basement, but I’m worried my cats may find it. I understand that poisoned mice bleed to death. Can mouse poison have the same effect on cats?

A: Yes, and worse. The first rodenticides were anticoagulants, which caused death from internal bleeding. Short-acting chemicals like warfarin became less effective as rodents developed resistance, so companies developed longer-acting, more toxic anticoagulants such as brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difenacoum and difethialone." - The Tribune Papers

• Cleaning products linked to children's asthma but what about cats and dogs?

2/18/2020  "There is another report in the news about a study suggesting that an exposure to household cleaning products is linked to an increased risk of asthma and wheezing in children. The researchers looked at more than 2,000 children and found that the numerous cleaning products..." - PoC

• Vets issue urgent antifreeze warning to cat owners in Essex

2/2/2020  "The ingestion of antifreeze can lead to kidney failure in cats. Cherrydown Vets in Essex has warned about the potentially fatal dangers antifreeze has on pets, particularly cats. Felines are more at risk in the winter months when the product is being used regularly. The main cause of kidney failure is ethylene glycol toxicity..." - Harwich and Manningtree Standard

• Things You Shouldn't Own If You Have a Cat

10/07/2019   "Yarn, Wires, Himalayan Salt Lamps, Bones, Mini Blinds, Treated Toilet Water, Flowers & Plants, Bread Dough, Liquid Potpourri, etc." - DailyNewsView

Medications, Cosmetics, Essential Oils - Toxic to Cats

• APCC® - Toxic Human Medications and Cosmetics

Click Here for Detailed Information About Each of the Following:

  • Adderall
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Aspirin, Baby Aspirin
  • Avon Skin So Soft
  • Bar Soap and Face Wash
  • Breath Fresheners
  • Cigarettes and Nicotine Patches
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Ibuprofen and Naproxen
  • Kaopectate and Pepto Bismol
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Pseudoephedrine (and other nasal decongestants) 
  • Sorbitol
  • Topical Creams/Ointments

• Essential Oils And Cats: A Must Read For All Cat Moms And Dads

2/6/2020  "When it comes to essential oils, many of us have one or more diffusers around our homes. But did you know that emitting essential oils around cats can be detrimental to their health?" - Cole and Marmalade

• Pain cream toxic to pets: Pet Connection

1/15/2020  "Voltaren comes in a gel/jelly, cream, spray and extended-release patch. If you pet your animal after applying Voltaren without washing your hands with soap and water, or if pets lick your skin where the medication has been applied or chew on the patch, they can develop gastrointestinal ulcers and kidney damage." -

• Essential Oils... can be harmful to cats and dogs

12/4/2019  "Essential oils and diffusing devices are becoming increasingly popular, and as the holidays approach, it’s likely that many people will be giving or getting them as gifts — but those soothing oils could be harmful to pets in the home if not used correctly." - Fox10Phoenix

• Your essential oil diffuser could be poisoning your cat or dog

11/23/2019  "There’s a current story doing the rounds that acts as a genuine word of caution. One woman called Marianna told a story about her own dog, who was acting strangely and unresponsive to his own name. When she turned off her essential oil diffuser, however, her dog got better. Marianna didn’t realise the connection until another day when the pup had to be taken to the vet, where they told her just how common these issues are." - METRO

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