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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    8Alcohol or Ethanol

    A lot of people do not realize that alcohol or chemically speaking is a common source of toxicity for cats. It is not fun for the animal when the owner exposes it to alcohol even in jest to see the reaction or confusion. It is not just beer, wine or alcohol in beverage form but also products that contain ethanol as a component.

    A few examples would be personal products such as perfumes, deodorants, mouth-washes, cleaning products, medications such as cough syrups, dyes, inks, paints or gasoline. Also it is not just what we use, certain pet dental care products may contain high percentage of alcohol to increase its strength which is comparable to a cocktail. Long term usage of such products with alcohol leads to lasting damage to the kidneys, liver and nervous system of cats. Even eating food that are fermented (fermentation is the breakdown of sugars by bacteria into acids, gases and alcohol) in a substantial quantity can lead to poisoning by ethanol.

    On consumption of alcohol, in a way very similar to humans, the central nervous system of cats is suppressed. It causes drowsiness and lack of coordination. If consumed in higher concentrations, it will cause the suppression of essential activities like breathing and the heart rate. The temperature of the body can go down and ill effects on blood chemistry may also be observed. This condition is known as metabolic acidosis which means that the blood ph of the animal has become too acidic. Without proper treatment this leads to the death of the animal. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning are trouble in walking or standing, unusual lack of co-ordination, excessive urination, vomiting, drowsiness or unresponsiveness. There may also be an acute drop in the blood sugar level which may lead to seizures. A vet will check the alcohol level in the blood stream and prescribe treatment accordingly from activated charcoal absorption to ventilation.

     

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