10 Things at your Home that are Dangerous for your Cat

    Cats make for adorable and cute pets. Although they may not be as expressive as dogs but these furry little creatures are a source of joy for their owners. But you may not realize that a lot of items lying around in our homes can be extremely dangerous for your kitties. There are a variety of plants, foods, drinks and medications that may be very handy for us but can wreak havoc for the health of our animal friends. It is important to recognize these items and per proof our houses to avoid causing any harm to the little furry creatures. Here is a list of ten very common such things which are dangerous for cats.

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    10Chocolate

    We all love chocolates as a sweet treat but the same can be a health hazard for the little kitty in your home. Cats usually are picky eaters and unlike dogs will not consume large quantities but still it is important to not let them near a pile of chocolate candies. The reason behind this is the presence of a chemical called Theobromine. It is an alkaloid found in the cacao plant and imparts bitterness to the chocolate.

    Cats, unlike humans, do not have the ability to break down Theobromine in their digestive system and as a result it causes chocolate toxicity. This reaction can be identified by a range of symptoms like excessive thirst, abnormalities in heart rhythm, seizures, or twitching in muscles, vomiting, restlessness, hyper-activity and in very severe cases, death.

    In order of harmful effects, white chocolate has the least amount of theobromine, followed by milk chocolate, dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate. It is not just the type but also the quantity of the chocolate that matters here. If a cat has swallowed a piece of Reese’s, it will not cause as much damage as it has only traces of the compound but two packages of M&Ms or a slice of a chocolate cake or even a spoonful of coco powder is reason enough to pay a visit to the vet. Depending on the pet’s condition and recency of consumption, the vet can either induce vomiting or go for a full-fledged intubation and ventilation.

     
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