7 Must-Know Household Hazards for Cats
1. String Can Kill
2. Look Before You Lock
It may seem strange, but some cats like to hang out inside the washer or dryer. Some cats, like Natasha who survived a 35 minute wash cycle, get lucky, but others don’t. Be sure you keep your kitty safe by looking before starting your laundry.
3. Pass on the Milk
What’s a better treat for kitty than a nice warm bowl of milk? Almost anything. Most cats are lactose intolerant, so a big bowl of milk for kitty will likely equal a big litter box mess for you. Side effects can include vomiting, diarrhea and upset stomachs, Susan G. Wynn, DVM, CVA, CVCH, an animal nutritionist in Atlanta, tells WebMD. (Photo: Hemera/Thinkstock)
4. Watch Those Wires
My own cat Toby had a love of curly wires, especially phone chords. Toby got lucky — he avoided getting shocked — but many cats can shock themselves and/or burn their mouths from chewing on wires around your house. Check out these tips for cat-proofing wiring in your home. (Photo: iStockphoto/Thinkstock)
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5. Screen Your Screens
Cats love to look out the window, but make sure your kitty is safe by checking and re-checking your screens. Cats may fall out of unscreened or poorly-screened windows. In fact, it happens often enough to have a name: feline high-rise syndrome.
6. Take a Peek at Your Plants
Many cats like to snack on household plants. In fact, a great way to enrich your cat’s environment is to keep cat grass in your windowsill. However, be sure to check the ASPCA’s database of toxic and non-toxic plants to be sure your kitty’s treat won’t come with a nasty trick. (Photo: iStockphoto/Thinkstock)
7. Ban Those Rubber Bands
Much like string, rubber bands can cause serious and possibly fatal intestinal problems if they’re ingested by cats. Lucky us, there’s a simple fix — putting away your rubber bands and hair ties not only keeps your cat safe, it also keeps the house looking great! (Photo: F1online/Hemera/Thinkstock)