Guest Post!!

We have some great content from Emily Ridgewell (@ridgewell_j) about pets and foods that are toxic to them. The holidays present all sorts of opportunities for our furry friends to get into things that they shouldn't. What's harmless to use can be very harmful to them.

Take the time to check out the excellent and informative infographic, and stay healthy this holiday!

Toxic Foods

By Emily Ridgewell

A common argument exists for many animal lovers: are you a cat person or dog person? According to statistics from the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), although more people (36%) own dogs rather than cats (30%), the average number of these pets per household is higher for felines (2.1) when compared to canines (1.6). 

In the long run, we all love our pets, be them dogs or cats and as responsible animal owners, we will always do our best to keep them happy and healthy, which includes monitoring their diet. Since we often treat them as our own children, experts recommend keeping a list of important phone numbers on hand in case of an emergency. 

While we’re on the subject of poison and the topic of this article, there are some toxins that felines are particularly susceptible to that can cause sickness, and in some cases death, when ingested by our four-legged friends. Here are three of the worst offenders when it comes to possibly killing our kitties and how to keep them safe from harm:

KILLER COOLANT

Most of us are already aware that common coolants found in an automobile’s antifreeze system contain a chemical called ethylene glycol that can kill a cat with a very small dosage. Whether they mistake it for water or are attracted by its sweet aroma and taste, be on the lookout for small puddles of this poison in your yards and neighborhood.

GRUESOME GARAGE

This typical car storage area can be a minefield of menacing toxins from the storage of dangerous insecticides, solvents, gasoline and other hazardous materials like paint. From a home safety standpoint as well as protective measures for our pets, check this unit often for signs of leaks from storage containers, loose lids and keep them out of reach from naturally curious cats. 

PLANT POISON

The ASPCA warns us about hundreds of poisonous plants for cats, a lengthy A-Z list that contains everything from Aloe to Yucca. Ingesting some of these toxic plants can lead to gastritis, vomiting, diarrhea, liver and kidney failure or disease, and in some rare causes, can even result in death. 

With a little bit of vigilance and some extra proactive protective measures, we can keep our fluffy friends safe from possible harm. Check out this infographic that points out other dangers in our pet’s diet.

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