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Household Hazards For Cats
May 15, 2020

Cats are known for being mischievous. In fact, Fluffy has a bit of a knack for getting herself into trouble. That’s one reason we recommend that all people owned by kitties do a bit of petproofing. However, some things that are dangerous to our feline pals may surprise you! Read on as a local Portland, OR vet lists some household hazards for kitties.


Kitties often love to nibble on green leaves, and peek out from behind them. Unfortunately, many popular plants are toxic to our feline friends. Lilies are a big concern here, as they are quite popular, but are poisonous to cats. Other dangerous plants include rhododendrons, azaleas, Sago palms, and kalanchoe. You can find a full list of safe and unsafe plants online at the ASPCA website.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are another thing that many people don’t realize are dangerous. These oils are highly concentrated, so it doesn’t take much to cause issues. Some of the ones that are poisonous to Fluffy include peppermint oil, pennyroyal oil, clove oil, eucalyptus oil, tea treat oil, Ylang Ylang oil, and citrus oil.

Salt Lamps

Salt lamps are becoming quite popular. However, some cats like the taste of them, and will lick them. Unfortunately, the salt in these lamps is toxic to kitties. Keep salt lamps in a spot your furball can’t reach.


Kitties seem to enjoy the taste or texture of many plastic wrappers, and sometimes try to chew or eat them. Keep these out of paws’ reach! These pose serious choking hazards, and can cause major issues if ingested. Plastic bags and ties are also unsafe.


For some reason, many of our furry pals just can’t resist anything with dangling ropes or threads. Fluffy has been known to try to eat strings. Needless to say, this isn’t very safe!

Wand Toys

Wand toys are great fun for cats. Because you control the movement, the experience is more like real hunting for Fluffy, as she can’t necessarily predict what her ‘prey’ will do next. However, be sure to put these away after using them. If your furry friend tries to play with the toy by herself, she could get entangled, which can be very dangerous.

Please reach out to us, your local Portland, OR vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are dedicated to offering great care!

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