There is a saying goes that a cat has nine lives. Such a vital course should prompt its owner to avoid jeopardizing it! In fact, living alongside man, cats are surrounded by all sorts of dangers. Automotive traffic, piping glances, tilting windows or boiling electric plates can be fatal to these curious little ones. Besides, they can seize abandoned objects, such as needles or decoration of the Christmas tree, to play or even hurt themselves. The following tips have no other purpose than to help you avoid accidents on a daily basis.
Dangers in the Garden
1.Pond and swimming pool
Manholes are a deadly fatal to cats and other small animals. These should be covered with a fine mesh (5 mm mesh) for the protection of all animals.
Barbed wire can be fatal to many animals. To protect birds nesting in the trees from the attacks of cats, there are various ways that are clearly safer; So a plastic cone is placed around the trunk, or a belt specially designed for this purpose. The barbed wire must not be used as a fence because the risk of injury to humans and animals is too great.
5.Bird Protection Nets
As a general rule, only wrapping or relaxed nets are a danger to cats. Therefore, immediately remove the unused nets so that no animal can get entangled. Nets should be well stretched and sufficiently spaced from the ground to reduce the risk of small animals being trapped.
Venous or biting insects usually have a yellow-black coloration that warns cats that they should not attack them. However, it happens that a wasp or a bumblebee stings a cat. If it is in the area of the muzzle or neck, consult the veterinarian immediately, as edema can block breathing. The skin of terrestrial toads and salamanders produces toxic secretions. If a cat tries to crunch this kind of animal, it will drool and have nausea that will in principle remove it from these beasts in the future. There are therefore no special precautions to be taken.
Dangers in Household
By entering or exiting through a tilting window, the cat faces the risk of being stuck, unable to get out of the trap on its own, or slip even lower in the gap and seriously injure itself in the trunk area. Internal wounds can be fatal. Unfortunately, the tilting windows have already cost the lives of many cats. In the presence of these companions, care must be taken to never turn the window or to provide it with a device, a triangular protective grid available in specialized shops.
It’s a good thing that indoor cats have access to the balcony. But it should be secured by a tight net, because cats – all eager to hunt – will try to catch birds at the risk of losing balance. Contrary to widespread opinion, cats in principle suffer serious injuries when falling by more than one floor. Attention: the kittens can pass the head through the usual mesh of the net (4 cm), to get mixed and choke. Therefore, use a fine mesh net for young cats!
12.Electric hob, pots and pans
14.Washer and dryer
Leaving the washing machine half-full and the door open is an almost irresistible invitation for cats. Failing to control the drum before starting the program, the animal can be locked up and washed until death ensues. Therefore, the machine should always be switched on immediately after filling, so that no pussy can hide in there. The same applies to the dryer.
15.Other possible hazards
Any potential source of danger to cats should be eliminated in a household, as would be the case for small children. For example, the toilet lid will be folded down to prevent curious kittens and, before switching on the sauna, check that it is empty. No watering cans containing fertilizer or insecticide should be allowed. Be careful also at the bottom of the water in a watering can, a clumsy cat could pass the head to drink and get stuck. So always fill the watering cans well. When a cat misses the call, a good reflex: first inspect the cabinets and chests of drawers.
16.Toys and small dangerous objects
Cats are attracted like magnets by small objects resembling prey and by what can be chewed and scraped. A toy or a pretended toy therefore also involves dangers.
17.Wool pads, cords, fine twine, yarn, needles included
Rubber or elastic bracelets with hair can be swallowed by cats and cause intestinal occlusions which, among those cats accustomed to go out freely and not regularly in a sand litter, will not be detected in time, means death. Thread, wool and fine string are toys appreciated by cats. As long as they are entrusted to them only under supervision, there is little danger, but they cannot reasonably be allowed to drag after the end of the game. The risk is also that they swallow the string or thread. A tragic case, as he tried to extract a woolen thread from his cat’s mouth, an owner hurt its throat and digestive system. The animal did not survive. If balls, plush mice, hazelnuts, crumpled aluminum foils or other similar objects are used for the game, they should be large enough that the cat should not be able to swallow them – object has at least the size of a nut. As for smaller objects (paper clips, scraps of gums, pins, etc.), they must be deliberately out of the reach of cats.
18.Christmas and Easter decoration
Cleaning agents, naphthalene balls, paints, lacquers, medicines, fertilizers and plant protection agents should be kept in a sheltered place for animals and children. In principle, cats are more sensitive than dogs to most toxic substances. Their owners must be especially careful.
Hunters by the soul, cats normally risk little to nibble at toxic plants in the garden. But for the interior, one should give up choosing poisonous plants.
It may happen that cats take plants from grass and consume them, such as pampas herbs or papyrus, whose sharp edges wound the mucous membranes, the esophagus and the stomach. The cats then release pieces of them into a stream of saliva tinged with blood. It is therefore a question of avoiding this type of plants and, as a good alternative, one can propose cat grass which will allow to release concretions of hair in the stomach or to trigger the vomiting.
The usual Slug pellets contain metaldehyde. Ingested in large quantities, this substance is toxic to cats, dogs and humans. If scattered sparingly, as prescribed, there is little danger of poisoning. But if the cat consumes a great deal of it, by attacking the torn or overturned packet, his life is in great danger. The fatal dose is 0.2 grams per kilogram of body weight. For a cat of 4 kg and with 3% of metaldehyde in the known brands on the market, it is enough of about 30 grams of Slug pellets for death ensues. Consequently, the Slug pellets must absolutely be proscribed or used with the greatest restraint; their packaging will be kept securely away. One possible option is to use a ferramol-based Slug pellets or biological control methods (barrier to slaughter, manual removal of slugs).
Nicotine is highly toxic. If cigarette butts or tobacco leaves are thrown around, puppies may chew and ingest a lethal dose. But caution is also a must for kittens!
23.And above all: foodstuffs
Coffee, tea and chocolate contain caffeine and theobromine, which are very toxic, mainly for dogs. There are exceptional cases where cats are less sensitive, but they too should never consume these types of food.
24.Garlic and onions
In case of chronic ingestion, these tuber plants cause anemia or acute poisoning. Due to the strong odor of these plants, unintentional poisoning rarely occurs however.