Chocolate"Although chocolate toxicosis is more common in dogs, who have been known to eat candy, trays of brownies and fudge accidentally left out, it is a potential problem with any species. Take care this holiday season to keep all candy out of your pets' reach--and don't let them in the kitchen unsupervised when you're baking" (ASPCA letter).
Garlic"..garlic can be harmful to cats, causing anemia over time.." (letter from David Feinne, Cat Fancy, Mar. 2004: 6).
"A recent paper by Keun-Woo Lee et al., published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research, showed that garlic extract could cause changes in red blood cells that can lead to anemia... some animals have a heightened susceptability to the anemia causing effects of garlic and onions..." (Editors. Letter section. Cat Fancy, Mar. 2004: 6-7).
Onions"A recent paper by Keun-Woo Lee et al., published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research, showed that garlic extract could cause changes in red blood cells that can lead to anemia... some animals have a heightened susceptability to the anemia causing effects of garlic and onions..." (Editors. Letter section. Cat Fancy, Mar. 2004: 6-7).
Common Household Dangers"Common household dangers include human painkillers, insecticides, chocolate, coffee, salt, citronella candles, fertilizers, swimming pool treatment supplies, antifreeze, liquid potpouris, rodent bait, electrical cords, ribbons, batteries, and toxic cleaning products. Poisonous plants include poinsettia, aloe, sweet pea, onion, azalea, oleander, avocado, rhododendron, most lilies, caladium, morning glory, daffodil, gladiolas, holly, hydrangea, hyacinth, tulip, iris, and yucca" (Sandy Meyer. "Kitten Ownership: A Guide From A to Z." Cat Fancy, April 2004: 42-45).
Poisonous PlantsTHE FIVE PLANTS MOST HAZARDOUS TO YOUR PET’S HEALTH
* LILIES rank number one in dangerous plant call volume at the APCC, and are highly toxic to cats. Says Khan, “It is clear that even with ingestions of very small amounts, severe kidney damage could result.”
* AZALEAS, indigenous to many eastern and western states and commonly used in landscaping, contain substances that can produce vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, weakness, and central nervous system depression. Severe cases could lead to death from cardiovascular collapse.
* OLEANDER contains toxic components that can cause irritation of the gastrointestinal tract, hypothermia, and potentially severe cardiac problems.
* SAGO PALM can potentially produce vomiting, diarrhea, depression, seizures, liver failure, and even death.
* CASTOR BEAN plant... Although all parts are dangerous, the seeds contain the highest concentration of toxins. Ingestion can produce significant abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness; in severe cases, dehydration, tremors, seizures, and even death could result.
(from ASPCA newsletter, email on 3/29/05).
Colby Glass, MLIS