Good morning, kind humans. Today is one of the days where my human will be around quite a bit. For diabetic cats like me, that is a mixed blessing. It is nice to have my human around and play, but it also means I have to endure lots of ear sticks so that he can see what my blood sugar does throughout the day. But I know he does it because he loves me, so I tolerate it.
But unlike blood sticks, there are many things that humans have around the house which can kill cats. And he has to be extra careful, because a diabetic cat, any kind of health threat is added to the diabetes, so it’s even more risky.
My furiends at Catster had a veterinarian come up with a list of things many houses have which can hurt us. It’s best to not have these things in your home, but if you do have them, make sure we can’t get to them:
- Lilies and sago palms. My human tells me there is a plant called the deadly nightshade. And there are two plants that many humans have which are just as deadly for us cats. The lily is so poisonous that even getting the pollen on our paws and licking them clean later can kill us. And the sago palm can cause liver failure in cats.
- Yarn. Yes, we have all seen pictures of cats playing with yarn. And it’s cute, but what happens is that sometimes, we will eat the yarn. Getting that yarn, which will clog up our stomach, out, requires surgery that is not so cute. We won’t even go into the needle that accompanies the yarn or thread in many cases.
- Hair scrunchies and rubber bands. These can cause the same problem. And my human didn’t realize that this was a potential problem until he read the article. He used these to play with Jacey and me all the time, but not anymore!
- Ear plugs. This may be a surprise, but we felines like the smell of your ear wax. So we will play with these, and possible eat them. The same thing that can happen with yarn and rubber bands can happen with these.
- Cleaning agents. Yes, you humans need these. You need to keep the house clean. But drinking these or nibbling on these can kill us. So make sure you keep these in a secured place. A locked cabinet is best.
If you keep these things away from your cats, especially if they have a medical condition like this diabetic cat, it’s likely they will live long and happy lives. And you’ll spare yourself the expense and worries of emergency veterinary surgery.