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DANGER TO CATS
By R.R. Holster Jr./PetStation

    THE FOLLOWING FELLOW LIVING CREATURES CAN BE DANGEROUS TO CATS:
    • Dogs
    • Humans who are not careful around their cats
    • Other cats
    • Humans who are children (literally and figuratively)
    • Snakes
    • Humans who are distracted or in a hurry
    • Birds of prey
    • Humans who are not watching where they are driving
    • Horses and mules
    • Humans who leave their cat in a car when outside temperatures are 70 degrees or more
    • Wild animals with rabies
    • Humans who are angry at their cat
    • Poisonous amphibians, reptiles and insects
    • Humans who do not properly care for their cat
    • Bears, wolves, coyotes, foxes, porcupines, badgers, wolverines and other such wild animals
    • Humans who are drunk or on drugs

    (In other words, humans are the most dangerous creatures that most cats are likely to encounter)


    THE FOLLOWING HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES & FACILITIES CAN BE DANGEROUS TO CATS:

    (This is only a partial list. Be "kitty kareful" for other possible dangers in your environment)

    • Electrical cords
    • Ovens and burners
    • Scalding water in pots or from faucets
    • Heavy objects or books that could topple
    • Gas leaking from heater, stove or other appliance

    THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS & FOOD ITEMS CAN BE DANGEROUS TO CATS:

    (This is only a partial list. Be "kitty kareful" for other possible dangers)

    • Cleansers, soaps and detergents
    • Gasoline, kerosene and other fuel-oils
    • Paint, thinners and similar products
    • Caustic agents such as liquid drain cleaners
    • Insecticides, rodent poisons and similar chemicals
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Chocolate
    • Prescription and non-prescription drugs
    • Rancid or moldy food

    THE FOLLOWING PLANTS CAN BE DANGEROUS TO CATS:

    (This is only a partial list. Be "kitty kareful" with any plant or food you are not completely certain about)

  • Acocanthera (fruit and flowers)
  • Amaryllis (bulbs)
  • Amsinckia -- Tarweed (foliage, seeds)
  • Anemone -- wildflower (all parts)
  • Angel Trumpet Tree (flowers and leaves)
  • Apple (seeds)
  • Apricot (pits, inner seed)
  • Atropa Belladona (all parts, especially black berries)
  • Autumn Crocus (bulbs)
  • Avocado (foilage
  • Azalea (all parts)
  • Balsam pear (seeds, outer rind of fruit)
  • Baneberry (berries, roots, foliage)
  • Beach Pea (all parts)
  • Betel Nut Palm (all parts)
  • Belladonna (all parts)
  • Bird of paradise (seeds)
  • Bittersweet (berries)
  • Black locust (bark, sprouts, foliage)
  • Bleeding Heart (foliage, roots)
  • Bluebonnet (all parts)
  • Bluegreen Algae (some forms are toxic)
  • Bloodroot (all parts)
  • Bottlebrush (flowers)
  • Boxwood (all parts)
  • Buckeye Horse Chestnut (sprouts, nuts)
  • Buckthorn (fruit, bark)
  • Buttercup (sap, bulbs)
  • Calla lily (all parts)
  • Caladium (all parts)
  • Cardinal Flower (all parts)
  • Carolina Jessamine (foliage, flowers, sap)
  • Cassava (roots)
  • Castor bean (oil, beans, leaves)
  • Chalice vine -- Trumpet vine (all parts)
  • Cherry tree (bark, twigs, leaves, pits)
  • Cherry Laurel (foliage, flowers)
  • Chinaberry tree (berries)
  • Christmas Berry (berries)
  • Christmast Cactus (sap)
  • Christmas candle (all parts)
  • Christmas Rose (foliage, flowers)
  • Columbine (foliage, flowers, seeds)
  • Common Privet (foliage, berries)
  • Coral plant (all parts)
  • Crocus (bulbs)
  • Croton (foliage, shoots)
  • Cyclamen (foliage, stems, flowers)
  • Daffodil (bulbs, foliage, flowers,pods)
  • Daphne (berries)
  • Datura -- Jimsonweed (berries, leaves, seeds)
  • Deadly amanita (all parts)
  • Deadly nightshade (all parts)
  • Death camas (all parts)
  • Death cap mushroom (all parts)
  • Dephinium (all parts)
  • Deiffenbachia -- Dumb cane (leaves)
  • Destroying Angel -- Death cap (all parts)
  • Dogwood -- (fruit)
  • Dutchman's Breeches (foliage, roots)
  • Eggplant (all parts but fruit)
  • Elderberry (foliage)
  • Elephant's ear -- Taro (leaves, stem)
  • English ivy (berries, leaves)
  • Equisetum (all parts)
  • Euphorbia -- Spurges (foliage, flowers, sap)
  • False Hellebore (all parts)
  • False henbane (all parts)
  • Fiddleneck -- Senecio (all parts)
  • Fly Agaric -- Amanita (all parts)
  • Four O'Clock (all parts)
  • Foxglove (leaves, seeds)
  • Gelsemium (all parts)
  • Ghostweed (all parts)
  • Golden chain -- Laburnum (all parts, especially seeds)
  • Hemlock (all parts, especially roots and seeds)
  • Henbane (seeds)
  • Holly -- English and American (berries)
  • Horse Chestnut (nuts, twigs)
  • Horsetail Reed -- Equisetum (all parts)
  • Hyacinth (bulbs)
  • Hydrangea (flower buds)
  • Indian turnip -- Jack-in-the-pulpit (all parts)
  • Impatiens -- Touch-me-not (all parts)
  • Iris (bulbs)
  • Ivy -- all forms (foliage, fruit)
  • Jasmine (foliage, flowers, sap)
  • Jasmine star (foliage, flowers)
  • Jatropha (seeds, sap)
  • Java bean (uncooked bean)
  • Jerusalem cherry (berries)
  • Jessamine (berries)
  • Jimsonweed (foliage, flowers, seed pods)
  • Johnson grass (all parts)
  • Juniper (needles, stems, berries)
  • Laburnum (all parts)
  • Lambkill -- Sheep laurel (all parts)
  • Lantana (foliage, flowers, immature berries)
  • Larkspur (all parts)
  • Laurel (all parts)
  • Lily of the valley (All parts, including water they have been kept in)
  • Lima bean -- Java bean (uncooked bean)
  • Lobelia (all parts)
  • Locoweed (all parts)
  • Lords and ladies -- Cuckoopint (all parts)
  • Lupine (foliage, pods, seeds)
  • Machineel (all parts)
  • Marijuana (leaves)
  • Mayapple (all parts, except fruit)
  • Mescal bean (all parts)
  • Milkweed (foliage)
  • Mistletoe (berries)
  • Moccasin flower (foliage, flowers)
  • Mock orange (fruit)
  • Monkshood (leaves, flowers, roots)
  • Morning glory (all parts)
  • Mountain laurel (leaves, shoots)
  • Mushrooms -- most wild forms (caps, stems)
  • Narcissus (bulbs)
  • Natal cherry (berries, foliage)
  • Nectarine (seeds, inner pit)
  • Nicotine bush (foliage, flowers)
  • Nightshades (berries, leaves)
  • Oak (acorns, leaves)
  • Oleander (all parts)
  • Peach (fruit pit)
  • Pear (seeds)
  • Pennyroyal (foliage, flowers)
  • Peony (foliage, flowers)
  • Periwinkle (all parts)
  • Philodendron (leaves, stems)
  • Pikeweed (leaves, roots, immature berries)
  • Plum (foliage, inner seed)
  • Poinsetta (leaves, flowers)
  • Poison hemlock (foliage, seeds)
  • Poison ivy (sap)
  • Poison oak (foliage, fruit, sap)
  • Poison sumac (foliage, fruit, sap)
  • Pokewood -- Poke cherry (roots, fruit)
  • Poppy (all parts)
  • Potato plant (new shoots, eyes)
  • Privet (all parts)
  • Redwood (resinoids, leached wet wood)
  • Rhododendron (all parts)
  • Rhubarb (leaves, uncooked stems)
  • Rosary peas (seeds, flowers, pods)
  • Rosemary (foliage in some species)
  • Russian thistle (foliage, flowers)
  • Sage (foliage in some species)
  • Salmonberry (foliage, fruit)
  • Scarlet pimpernel (foliage, flowers, fruit)
  • Scotch broom (seeds)
  • Senecio -- Fiddleneck (all parts)
  • Skunk cabbage (all parts)
  • Snapdragon (foliage, flowers)
  • Snowdrop (all parts, especially buds)
  • Snow on the mountain -- Ghostweed (all parts)
  • Spanish bayonet (foliage, flowers)
  • Sudan grass (all parts)
  • Star of Bethlehem (foliage, flowers)
  • Sundew (foliage)
  • Sweet pea (seeds and fruit)
  • Tansy (foliage, flowers)
  • Taro -- Elephant's ear (foliage)
  • Tarweed (foliage, seeds)
  • Thornapple (flowers, foliage, pods)
  • Tiger lilly (foliage, flowers, seed pods)
  • Toad flax (foliage)
  • Tobacco (leaves)
  • Tomato plant (foliage, vines)
  • Touch-me-not (all parts)
  • Toyon berry (berries)
  • Trillium (foliage)
  • Trumpet vine (all parts)
  • Venus flytrap (all parts)
  • Verbena (foliage, flowers)
  • Virginia creeper (sap)
  • Water hemlock (roots, foliage)
  • Wildflower (leaves, flowers)
  • Wild parsnip (rootes, foliage)
  • Wisteria (all parts)
  • Yam bean (roots, immature pods)
  • Yellow star thistle (foliage, flowers)
  • Yew (American, English, Japanese) (needles, seeds)
There are a lot of dangers lurking everywhere. It is up to us to keep our cats out of "harm's way."

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