Dangers For Your Home-Cat
What dangers does the cat face at home? Cats may run to different dangerous situations if we don't take care of them. Fortunately if we do some precautions it will make you home safe for your friend.
There are plenty of things around our lodgings that can be dangerous for our cats that are so curious by nature.
Here are some examples for owners to know, to remember and to protect your pet:
Drying machines for clothes
Cats adore warm, comfortable places where they can coil up and sleep. Drying machine is one of such places. Keep the doors of drying machine always closed. Before you turn on the machine look into it because many calm sleeping cats have found their early death there.
Household chemical goods
Be careful while choosing such goods. Cats suffer from them very often because they have a habit to clean themselves carefully with the tongues. They walk on the wet floor and then clean their paws with the tongue swallowing the chemical goods you have used while washing the floor.
Antifreeze is a very dangerous poison which is more dangerous because of its sweet attractive taste. Even a little portion of it can be fatal for your cat. If you only suspect that your cat swallowed some antifreeze - run to veterinarian! It's the only chance for the cat. The more safety antifreezes were invented last time. Try to find them and to use such kinds of them.
When cats jump up or down the shelf or the table this furniture undergoes the strong force. If the furniture is unstable then your cat is in danger. Examine your furniture! Push on the edge of each piece of the furniture. If it is unstable fix it. The other kinds of danger are the books and magazines which hand over the edge of table. Cat, thinking that they are not dangerous, jumps on them and everything falls down. Bookcases with drawers are also unstable. If the cat jumps on such drawer the whole bookcase can fall and the result will be horrible.
Means for toilet cleaning
Means for toilet cleaning which are in the pour off box are very dangerous for the animals. Don't use such means: the toilet which glitters does not cost the health of your pet. Instead of that clean the toilet in the old way: with the help of toilet brush, some cleaning means, and some physical efforts. Then pour off the water two or three times. After that you can be sure that the poison vanished.
Windows and balconies
Seems that people think that after falling cats land on the paws because they have some wonderful feeling of fear of height. Nothing of the kind! Every year thousands of cats get serious damages or dies jumping out of the opened window or balcony. Of course, they land on the paws but it doesn't help them after the falling from the twentieth floor. Make the good firm nets on the windows. Even the smallest hole in the net may be great danger for the curious or energetic cat. Never let your pet get out on the balcony. The beast instinct will win the fear of height. Any butterfly or bird can make your cat jump and the result won't be good. It won't help if you watch your cat because something wrong may happen every second. Try to avoid any situations which can kill the cat. Prepare the safe place for your cat near the window where it can sit and look in the street and explain to it that it's better way.
Fireplaces and candles
If a new cat or a kitten appears in your house then you have many reasons to set the fireplace screen. First of all, the cat which has any reasons (for example, a very frightened cat) can get into the fireplace. Second, the ashes are the beautiful alternative to the cat toilet. As soon as you light the fire you will get the new unusual feelings. Third, the warm ashes can look like an attractive place where it can coil up and sleep. It can cause the paw burn or even something worse. And at last for some cats, fire influences hypnotizing. It becomes a problem nowadays, when in many towns they turn off the light. During that we use candles or kerosene lamps. That is why we need good protection of every open fire.
In rainy or cold day the car engine is a comfortable shelter. But there is a real problem: what will happen if somebody turns on the engine? It's necessary to drive away the cats from the car as far as you can. If you see a cat under the car throw on it the handfuls of stones or mud, beat on the hood or, in general, make different noise. Of course, it is not a pleasure thing, but it is better than to run risk or to die terribly.
Poisoned balls against moth
Oh, it is so funny! They roll and make so much noise while passing by. Their size coincides with the size of cat's jaws. What cat can resist such attractiveness? Only some of them can resist it and it's a very serious problem. These balls are poisoned. Keep them far away from your cat!
Dangers in the kitchen
Cats lick and eat everything that is tasty to them. If you leave the knife on the kitchen table with the help of which you have just cut a meat, perhaps, your cat will lick its razor and can damage the tongue. The same is about the razor of kitchen machine. If you leave the blast whips made of steel wire with the help of which you cleaned frying pan in the kitchen sink then don't be surprised if you find it gnawed round. Carefully clean the knives after using and keep iron whips in the cupboard. In general, take all the precautionary measures!
Bones of chicken, fish, pork, turkey and, in general, all bones which are not big and which can be easily gnawed will attract your cat. Such a small bone can stick in the intestines if the cat swallows it and it can cause the inner illnesses. Throw the bones only into trash-can which is closed to your cat.
Ropes, threads, ribbons and yarn
Ropes are the beautiful toys when you pull them on the floor while playing with your pet. But if it swallows them, they immediately become very dangerous. Especially it concerns the cases when your cat swallows the thread with the needle. But even if there is no needle a piece of rope, yarn or thread can stick in the intestines and cause ache, damages of the intestines or even death. When you leave home, put all these things away. If you find the end of rope handing out from front or back of your cat don't pull it out! If it stucked in your cat's organs you may damage them trying to pull it out. Instead of this immediately take your cat to veterinary. It's quite necessary!
Thumbtacks and pins
Cats like things they can run after. Thumbtacks, especially with plastic heads are the wonderful toys for cat. The cat pushes them with the paws and then rushes on them. The potential danger is clear. Put the thumbtacks always away! Close your box with sewing articles. Of course, put away all the tools.
Never give your cat the medicines for people if your veterinary has not advised them to you. Acetaminophen which is contained in the Tylenol and some other medicines which contain aspirin may be fatal for the cats. Ibuprofen which is contained in some medicines is also poisonous for cats. Aspirin is dangerous for them too. Be careful and remember: pills may kill. Such precautions are also connected with the prescribed medicines. Cats like to run after the pills or tablets very much but these actions may be fatal. Bottles with medicines must be closed and kept in the safe place.
If You bang with the door closing it after you may kill your little kitten or cripple the adult cat. Look behind you every time you close the door and close it carefully. It's impossible that you cripple (or even worse) your kitten that follows its best friend and runs risk.
Try to fold up and out your sofa carefully. If you do it too fast you may cripple the cat which sleeps under the sheets or sofa. Before you fold the sofa up carefully examine it one or two times if you can't find your cat.
Gas or electric stoves
Stoves may easily cause burns of the soft cat's paws. Never let your cat jump on the stoves or kitchen tables and use the protection covers for stoves. All this will help you to prevent the burns of cat's paws. Put the kettle on the back part of stove to prevent the burn with the hot steam.
There are many plants which can poison cats with different degrees. Here are some of the most spread of them: amaryllis, azalea, cactus, Christmas rose, haw's corollas, whitefly, caladium, clematis, boxtree, daffodil, foxglove, ilex, hydrangea, iris, lily-of-the-valley, mistletoe, purple bindweed, nettle, philodendron, spurge-laurel, magnolia, glycin, yewtree. And it is not the complete list. If you suspect that your cat feels sick because it has eaten some plant then take your cat and example of the plant and run to the veterinary. Some plants are very dangerous the other are not very poisoned but let your veterinary decide.