liquid medication, clean it up, so your cats
don’t walk through it and lick it off of their
paws when they clean themselves.
Certain plants are also toxic to cats.
Become familiar with the ASPCA’s list of
toxic plants. Lilies, for example, are especially
lethal to cats. Dr. Eisen sees poisonings from
toxic plants and other household substances, such as insecticides and rat poisoning.
Keep household chemicals locked up in
a cabinet or part of the house where your
cat cannot go.
9 Human clumsiness
If you’ve had cats for a while, you might
already be in the habit of looking down
before taking a step or getting up from a
chair. Dr. Eisen sees injuries from people
stepping on or tripping over their cats. Be
careful where you step, and when clos-
ing a door, make sure a tail is not in the
doorway. “If there are small children in the
house, teach them not to yank on tails,”
she says. She also sees lacerated paws
from stepping on glass. “If you break a
glass, make sure your cats aren’t around,”
she says. “If you have broken glass, put
them in a safe room, and vacuum as well
as you can.”
We all need a little help sometimes from
hidden, unsuspected dangers. Sometimes
our own blind spots lead us into trouble.
Like us, our cats could use a little protection
from a wise friend.
and her hus-
Southern California home
with two curious 9-year-old
red tabbies, Madison and
ponytail holders, dental floss, and the cat
would need surgery to remove the foreign
body,” Dr. Eisen says. “Be cognizant of where
you store the string.”
The most common claim Embrace Pet
Insurance sees is foreign material ingestion.
String and other small objects can cause
an obstruction that could be fatal if the cat
doesn’t receive prompt surgery.
“Sometimes cats will present with a fever
caused by a foreign body that they swallowed,” says Embrace Veterinary Marketing
Manager, Dawn Pyne. If you see these symptoms, take your cat to the vet right away for
5 Things that open and close
Cats cannot stand a closed door. Their curiosity will lead them into closets, cabinets,
appliances and tight places where they can
become stuck or trapped. Even little cubbyholes formed by an open reclining chair
are too alluring for a cat to ignore. So before
closing a closet, cabinet, dryer door or reclining chair, make sure you know where your
cats are, so they don’t get hurt or trapped.
6 Candles and burners A candle’s dancing flame tempts cats
to swat at it or rub their faces on it. Dr. Eisen
sees a lot of paw pad and face burns from
candles and stovetop burners. Keep candles
out of reach of your cats, or use flameless
candles. Also, cover any stovetop burners
until they are completely cool.
7 Heights If you have a house with an indoor
balcony or staircase with a ledge, cats can
suffer broken bones from falling. “Most of
the time I see that is with kittens exploring
for the first time, and their bones are not yet
set,” Dr. Eisen says. Don’t allow young kittens
to explore an area where they might fall until
they’re adults and steady on their feet, she
recommends. If you live in a high-rise, keep
secure screens on the windows, so your cat
won’t fall out.
8 Toxic substances If you drop a pill, whether prescription
or over-the-counter, immediately find it and
pick it up. Human medications at human
dosages can be lethal to a cat. If you spill
Cats love string —
and then they ingest
it, and you end up
with a very sick cat
and a huge medical
bill. Cats + string =
very bad thing!