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TOXIC CHEMICALS AND PLANTS

by Jackie Bell (Birbell Birmans)

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One day in the grocery store, I began to casually speak to a salesperson who was shelving stock. The conversation inevitably went to cats and she said she just didn't understand it, all her cats died within a year of coming to live with her. I asked if she let them out and she replied she did. I then asked if her husband put weed killer on the grass and she also said "Of Course". I shook my head and said that "perhaps that's your killer?" I walked away. Now this lady was a nice person but just didn't put her cat's eating grass together with those infrequent times the husband put down chemical. When you own a cat, you have to really think hard about what you are inadvertently exposing you and your cat to. Thus, I feel this info is very important. If you can, please print this out and keep handy, it may save your cat's life someday. Make the whole family read it.

Substances That Are Highly Hazardous to Cats:

Drain Cleaners: I came home from a show one weekend to find some Drain cleaner in sinks with the doors to those rooms open. most Drain cleaners are clear like water and my cats love sinks. The man who used the Drain cleaner? Well, he's history.

ANTIFREEZE: Tastes sweet, commonly found on garage floor, by the time your cat shows symptoms, it's too late.

PINE CLEANING PRODUCTS: Highly toxic, so is sap from Christmas trees (also tinsel can lodge in intestinal track, so get rid of it)

The rest are equally as important:

Acetaminophen (pain killers)      
Aspirin
Bleach                            
Boric Acid
Brake Fluid                       
Cleaning Fluid
Deodorants                        
Deodorizers
Disinfectants                     
Dye
Fungicides    

Furniture Polish
Gasoline                          
Herbicides
Insecticides                      
Laxatives
Metal Polish                      
Mineral Spirits
Mothballs                         
Nail Polish & Remover
Paint                             
Paint Remover

Photographic Developer            
Rat/Ant Poison
Rubbing Alcohol      
Shoe Polish
Snail/Slug Bait                   
Detergents
Suntan Lotion                     
Tar
Windshield Washer Fluid           
Wood Preservatives

Wow, so much for better living through better chemistry! To clean the floors at our cattery, I use a 1 part bleach (Clorox is best) solution to 12 parts water plus a little dish detergent and a lot of elbow grease. It always smells good at my house and does not endanger anyone. Also, check your wastepaper baskets for pieces of foil, medicine bottle stickers, anything and everything. Also very dangerous: anything with STRING on it.

POISONOUS PLANTS:

Amaryllis
Andromeda
Apple seeds (cyanide)
Arrow grass
Avocado
Azalea
Bittersweet
Boxwood
Buttercup
Caladium
Castor Bean
Cherry pits
Chokecherry
Climbing lily
Daffodil
Delphinium
Dieffenbachia
Elephant Ear

English Ivy
Elderberry
Foxglove
Hemlock
Holly
Hyacinth
Hydrangea
Iris
Larkspur
Laurel
Locoweed
Marigold
Marijuana
Mistletoe
Monkshood
Mushrooms
Narcissus

Nightshade
Oleander
Peach
Philodendron
Poinsettia-
very common around the Holidays!
Poison ivy
Privet hedge
Rhododendron
Rhubarb
Snow on the Mountain
Stinging Nettle
Tobacco
Toadstool
Tulip
Walnuts
Wisteria

That's it for now. Hope this information helps you make your home safe and happy for everyone.

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