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Make Your Home Feline Friendly
It has been said that a house is not a home without a cat. But while cats may make homes more pleasant for owners, ther are many things an owner can do to make a house a home for a cat. - Pets And Vets Magazine, Australia
Basic Cattery Planning - Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA)
Household Dangers for Cats - Pets will investigate the world they find themselves in. This cannot be and should not be discouraged, but it can lead any pet into danger. Before acquiring a new cat-dog or puppy-kitten, it is worth considering what hazards it will face around your home, and what precautions may be taken. Such ordinary household items as pans of boiling water or hot fat, live cables (TV, lamps, radio or any wire they can reach), toxic cleaners such as bleach, laundry tablets, glass cleaners etc., are potential deathtraps and, as such, must be kept well out of reach.
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Plants from commercial greenhouses may be sprayed with systemics to control pests. Some are fairly nasty and long-lasting. More enlightened greenhouses use integrated pest management techniques and vastly reduce the costs of pest control, and costs to the environment.
You'll need to ask about what the sprays are, how often, etc. They should have MSDS (material safety data sheets) on hand for everything they use. Many greenhouses also buy foliage plants (esp.) from commercial growers in southern states, rather than raising their own plants, so you need to ask about that too.
Gives a rash after contact: chrysanthemum; creeping fig; weeping fig; pot mum; spider mum.
Irritating; the mouth gets swollen; tongue pain; sore lips -- potentially fatal, these plants have large calcium oxalate crystals and when chewed, esophageal swelling may result, resulting in death unless an immediate tracheotomy is done: Arrowhead vine; Boston ivy; caladium; dumbcane; Emerald Duke; heart leaf (philodendrum); Marble Queen; majesty; neththyis; parlor ivy; pathos; red princess; saddle leaf (philodendron); split leaf (philodendron).
Generally toxic; wide variety of poisons; usually cause vomiting, abdominal pain, cramps; some cause tremors, heart and respiratory and/or kidney problems (difficult for you to interpret): Amaryllis; azalea; bird of paradise; crown of thorns; elephant ears; glocal ivy; heart ivy; ivy; Jerusalem cherry; needlepointivy; pot mum; ripple ivy; spider mum; umbrella plant.
Vomiting and diarrhea in some cases:
Delphinium; daffodil; castor bean; Indian turnip; skunk cabbage; poke weed; bittersweet; ground cherry; foxglove; larkspur; Indian tobacco; wisteria; soap berry.
Poisonous and may produce vomiting, abdominal pain, sometimes diarrhea:
horse chestnut/buckeye; rain tree/monkey pod; American yew; English yew; Western yew; English holly; privet; mock orange; bird of paradise bush; apricot & almond; peach & cherry; wild cherry; Japanese plum; balsam pear; black locust.
Various toxic effects:
rhubarb; spinach; sunburned potatoes; loco weed; lupine; Halogeton; buttercup; nightshade; poison hemlock; pig weed; water hemlock; mushrooms; moonseed; May apple; Dutchman's breeches; Angel's trumpet; jasmine; matrimony vine.
marijuana; morning glory; nutmeg; periwinkle; peyote; loco weed.
china berry; coriaria; moonweed; nux vomica; water hemlock.
Plants that are poisonous to cats:
Apple Leaf Croton
Avacado (Fruit and Pit)
Bird of Paradise
Cherry (Pits, Seeds and wilting leaves)
Cherry, (wild varieties )
Crown of Thorns
Easter Lily *
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Fruit Salad Plant
Giant Dumb Cane
Glacier Ivy Golden Chain
Gold Dust Dracaena
Indian Rubber Plant
Jack in the Pulpit
Janet Craig Dracaena
Japanese Show Lily *
Lacy Tree Philodendron
Lily of the Valley
Madagascar Dragon Tree
Mother in Law's Tongue
Peach (pits and wilting leaves)
Poinsettia (low toxic)
Saddle Leaf Philodendron
Snow on the Mountain
Spotted Dumb Cane
Star of Bethlehem
String of Pearls
Swiss Cheese plant
Tiger Lily *
(Green fruit, stem and leaves)
Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia
Pet-proof your house by looking for items that may be dangerous to them. These include cleaners, antifreeze, automobile coolant, and rat poison.
The fumes from moth balls destroy a cat's liver cells. Use cedar in your closet instead.
Redecorating your home? Let your cat explore after the decorating is done. Paints, wallpaper pastes and paint thinners can be toxic to cats. Play it safe!
There are many items in your household with are poisonous to cats!
Tylenol, Antifreeze, Aspirin, Bleach, Boric Acid, Brake Fluid, Dandruff Shampoo, Diet Pills, Disinfectants, Drain Cleaner, Dye, Fungicides, Furniture Polish, Gasoline, Hair Coloring, Herbicides, Insectisides, Kerosene, Laxatives, Metal Polish, Moth Balls, Mineral Spirits, Nail Polish, Paint, Paint Remover, shoe Polish, Suntan Lotion, and much more!