The dangers of the house for the cat
Although cats often have a good natural instinct, the fact remains that a house is full of dangers to be taken care of.
Insight , mistrust , intuition are feline prerogatives. But the curiosity , the exploration of the most hidden recesses and the natural instinct for hunting are just as feline.
Thus, it is unlikely that a cat intentionally ingests a poison, unless it is intentionally given to it, that is to say, mixed with an appetizing dish, it is however frequent that it gets intoxicated either directly by catching poisonous prey, or indirectly by licking the hair and the pads contaminated with toxic substances.
Poisons for rats
Dicoumarol, strychnine, zinc phosphorus are among the most common substances and are real dangers in your home. Most of these poisons act on the coagulation process, others cause mainly respiratory disorders.
So, if the cat is used to going out, it is necessary to think of to supervise its droppings (urine, excrement, vomiting) to detect a possible presence of blood. Abortion, salivation, that is to say drooling, tremors or breathing difficulties can be the symptoms of a serious intoxication.
Insecticides, pesticides, detergents
One hundred substances used in the fight against parasites and for the hygiene of the house belong to this group. It is therefore necessary to pay attention to what is put on the plants and on the ground, because the cat can be poisoned by dermal absorption as by ingestion.
This is also valid for the domestic detergents , which must be used at the indicated doses, without excess, and which will be immediately rinsed in case of accidental spillage. Tremors, abundant salivation, and almost epileptic manifestations are the main symptoms of acute intoxication that appears fairly quickly (within 12 hours of absorption)
There are more than 50 plants ornament more or less toxic. Among them, we must especially ensure the azalea, lilac and laurel-rose which is very toxic, but its pungent taste and strong smell make fortunately unappetizing. Other plants, very common in gardens and houses, can be a source of danger if swallowed.
The cat, a very curious natural, may want to nibble the leaves of these plants for to taste or to purge yourself. This is the case when the cat wants to get rid of the ingested hair that clumps in the stomach by forming balls (trichobezoids) responsible for digestive problems and constipation.
It is better to avoid leaving within reach : ivy, dieffenbachia, wisteria, hyacinth, hydrangea and rhododendron, which are a mortal danger, as well as lily and tulip pollens. Regarding the ingestion of leaves or poinsettia flowers, we must stop believing that they are deadly: they are very irritating, but not lethal.
The dangers of the house
Windows and balconies
Stubborn and adventurous, the cat is also a great explorer . Watch out for windows and terraces. He can lean to try to catch an insect or a bird and fall. It is true that cats always fall on their feet thanks to the righting reflex, but there is a risk that they will hurt very much if the height is important.
The rails on which the cats are kept in delicate balance constitute another danger. For kittens, there is finally the risk of sneaking between the bars of the terraces and falling into the void
"Climbing" is one of the favorite activities of the cat . Jumping on tables and kitchen furniture represents the domestic version. It is therefore not necessary to leave furnaces on because it could burn the pads by jumping on them without looking.
The electric wires
They stimulate his desire to play; the cat risks electrocution by undoing or biting them