Household Hazards To Cats. How To Protect Your Pets

Many of us cat owners automatically assume our home is safe for our beloved pets, because safety from household hazards to cats are one of our priorities. However it is not until we see a list of potential hazards to cats and check our home that we realize how unsafe kitties surroundings may be. Moreover, more than half of pet owners do not even realize some of the dangers that are close by, like plants, medications, or even decorations. Having said that, here in this article today we will talk about some household hazards to cats and how to protect them. Here is a brief overview of the problem in this YouTube video.

Let us now look at the details of common household hazards to cats and how owners can minimize them

1. Medications

One of the most common household cat hazards for many years has been prescription medications and over the counter medicines, like painkillers, antidepressants, cold remedies and even dietary supplements. Having said that, it’s not something we may even realize or think about, but cats do like to explore, especially at night, and snatching a pill bottle from a nightstand to play with is actually quite common. Moreover, many of us have dropped a pill on the floor, and decided to not look for it but instead take another from the bottle, but nine times out of ten kitty will find it, and many medicines even in small doses can be deadly to your cat.

2. Household Plants

Household plants is also very high on the list of hazards to cats, and to many other types of pets too, and this area is where many owners are not sure about. Plants like lilies, aloe, azalea, and even mistletoe can be very harmful to your cat, some of which can be deadly. In fact the list of poisonous plants is too long to put in a single article, so if you are not sure about the plants in your home you can check an extensive list here at the the Humane Society’s website.

Keep in mind, that this may not be all plants that may be poisonous to your cat. Many cat owners do not have plants in the home, or keep them in separate rooms where the cat doesn’t have access, and unless you really know your plants it is not recommended to have them with pets. There is however no harm to your pet by having some catnip plants in your house or around the garden

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3. People Food

Another hazard to your cat is people food, in fact there are many foods that we eat, but are not good for your cat at all, like Avocado, chocolate, onions, raisins, garlic and more. Chocolate ingested by cats, or dogs can cause death and it only takes a very small amount to make them sick. Therefore, it is important to keep these foods and candies away from pets, and if there are children in the home be sure that they know the dangers too. Moreover, the list of foods that are poisonous to cats is extensive, so here is a link to a list of the most common foods that are dangerous to your pet as compiled by The Humane Society of The United States 

4. Household Cleaning Products

An even more potential household hazard is cleaning products, like bleach, detergents and other types of household cleaners, and most of these products if ingested can cause serious health problems and even death. There are however cat friendly cleaning products on the market that concerned cat owners can substitute for the more commercial ones.

Moreover, even ant, roach, mice and rat poison is extremely toxic to most pets, especially cats, so be sure to keep these locked away in a cupboard with child proof locks so your curious cat can’t get to them. Many of these things seem like common sense, but it’s so easy to finish using a cleaning product, and forget to put it away or get distracted for a minute and leave a lid off.

5. Leaving Doors and Lids Open

Probably one of the most easiest things to forget is closing doors and lids, and this can be very important when it comes to specific things, like the garbage can in the kitchen with chicken bones in it. A cat can climb inside and get these stuck in their throat, which can cause some serious problems. Moreover, cats love to sleep in the laundry room where it is warm and cozy, so it’s important to keep the tumble dryer door closed, and be sure to check the laundry basket before putting it in the dryer. Furthermore, oven doors and microwave doors should always be kept closed too, because cats love to explore and hide in newly opened places.

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6. Dangers with Toilets

Toilet lids should also be put down at all times where cats are present, because toilet cleaners often leave residue behind, which is also toxic to your cat and can cause several health issues. Moreover, small cats and kittens can fall in to the toilet and drown, and you should always supervise when running a bath or sink of water, or keep the door closed to that room until you are finished. Having said that, while you’re in the bathroom or kitchen, be sure there are no small things lying on counter tops, like rubber bands, string or plastic bottle caps, or anything small enough that they can get in their mouth and swallow, as these can cause blockages internally.

7. Electrical Wiring

Electricity is a danger for all of us, including our cats, but it’s not just loose wiring we have to worry about, because cats have sharp teeth and they love to chew things, including electrical cords. Wherever wiring is in your home, try to cover them with plastic cord protectors, or alternatively you can spray them with something that tastes unpleasant, you can buy a non toxic spray at your local store. However, be sure to tie up multiple cords before hiding them to make it harder for them to play with, and give your cat plenty of other cat toys, so he doesn’t need to go looking for alternatives.










  • Finally, when it comes to household hazards to cats, much of it is common sense, close lids, cover wiring, remove toxic plants or put them out of reach in a separate room where kitty don’t go, always put leftover foods in the garbage straight away, and lock away any home cleaning products.
  • If you are in doubt about anything consult your vet, especially when it comes to plants, because some plants only the tuber may be poisonous, but other plants, like lilies, the whole plant can be dangerous, don’t take any chances.
  • Keeping our cats safe is one of our top priorities, but it’s also easy to forget sometimes the simplest of hazards. Therefore, I hope this article today has helped you in giving your home the once over, just to be safe for you and your cat.


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Author: James Kelly

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27 thoughts on “Household Hazards To Cats. How To Protect Your Pets”

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    I like the layout. It’s clean and uncluttered. Easy to navigate.

    1. Hi Helen,

      Thank you for those constructive comments which I will take on board as I am always looking at ways of improving my site to the benefit of my readers. Jim

  2. Great article on cats and safety. There are so many things cats can get into that can strangle them, make them sick and even electrocute them. We have a responsibility as pet owners to look after our pets much as we do our children and protect them from unseen dangers. You have given a wealth of information that’s well written and informative.

  3. First of all thank you so much for sharing such an excellent article with us. Your article is really informative and I gained a lot of knowledge by reading it which which was very helpful to me .I have a cat and am very aware of his safety .I think a cat like my own baby should be taken care of and kept safe .I must clean my house’s garbage regularly for the cat’s health and i regularly clean up unnecessary items in my house and clean the garbage and keep my home environment healthy.In addition, I give my cat a regular vaccine, as advised by a doctor .I must also follow the tips given in your article and hopefully they will play a very helpful role in keeping my cat safe. 

    I will definitely be delivering this great article to my friend and she will greatly benefit and will definitely share with you her new experience while keeping her cat safe.Can I share your article on my social media?

    1. So pleased that you enjoyed reading this article Shanta and certainly you can share it with whoever you wish.

  4. Glad you touched on the dangers of leaving doors open. I shiver when I remember a long time ago dropping home for lunch as the apartment building was next to my workplace. And as I was about to rush out the door after my lunch I heard a faint cry. Well, it was a strong meow but sounded distant and that puzzled me. I opened the fridge door which was near the exit. My cat hopped out.

    I love animals and cats are not any more special than other animals. It’s just that not only are they curious, they have the stealth, ability, and finesse to go into almost any thing to carry out out their unending investigation. But, I’m glad you are bringing that awareness through

  5. First of all, thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful and informative article with us. 😊
    I have a pet cat at my house that’s why I’ve been looking for such an article about your topic for a long time. I had many questions on it before but after reading your article I got answers to all of them. Your article contained a lot of information I wanted to know about. I would be more than happy if in future you could write an article about a dog in trouble

    I must say that this article is very helpful and informative to me. Can I share this article on my social media?

    1. Very pleased to note that this article was useful to you. Unfortunately I know very little about dogs so I won’t be writing about them! You can certainly share my article on social media.

  6. Hello,There are so many things cats can get into that can strangle them, make them sick and even electro-cute them. We have a responsibility as pet owners to look after our pets much as we do our children and protect them from unseen dangers. You have given a wealth of information that’s well written and informative. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing such a great article among us. Honestly, I enjoyed this post very much. Here you have discussed in detail How To Protect Pets. I’m very impressed. I learned everything about Household Hazards To Cats from this post. Thanks for presenting beautifully. I think this article is useful for every cat lover. I will follow this article’s advice in my pets life. Lastly, I would like to share this post on my social media so that everyone can know better about Household Hazards To Cats.

  8. Finding a good article does not come by easily so i must commend your effort in creating such a beautiful website and bringing up an article to help others with good information like this. There was this one time that hot water poured on my cat and i was really scared that it would affect vital parts. i have learnt a lot from this post

  9. Your guide is very helpful for everyone. Electricity is a danger for all of us, including our cats, but it’s not just loose wiring we have to worry about, because cats have sharp teeth and they love to chew things, including electrical cords. Keeping our cats safe is one of our top priorities, but it’s also easy to forget sometimes the simplest of hazards. Thanks for your informative article

  10. First of all, Thank you for sharing your article with us.  Really this post is informative as well as educational. I enjoyed reading it and got lots of information about your topic. Dangers with toilets seems new to me. I didn’t know about the problem until I read about it here. Your article will help me a lot.

    I’ll share your article with cat lovers. They will benefit. I hope you will always continue writing beautiful and educational articles. I will share your article on my social media. Thanks for the info.

  11. Thank you so much for sharing with us a beautiful article. The main content of this article is how you protect your pet cat from household hazards. Household hazards, such as  human food and garbage, are very harmful to any pet cat or dog and can cause death to them. 

    I had a pet cat named Tiger and had taken several steps to protect this cat from many things mentioned  in your article.One day my little brother gave the cat some chocolates to eat which posed a serious threat to its health.There are various steps I take to protect my pet cat healthily such as keeping the various electric wiring away from him.

    Finally, thank you again for sharing with us an informative article through which I have gained a lot of knowledge and I will share the article in my Facebook group if you agree with me.

    1. Many thanks for those comments from your experience which I greatly appreciate receiving. Please do share the article with your Facebook group.

  12. Firstly I want to give you thanks for this type of article because I have a cat as a pet. You have certainly covered the many types of problems that cat owners face. There are so many hazards! You have done a good job in your article which is really very helpful for anyone who has a cat as a pet. I have often been looking for this type of advice and am glad to find it here. Thank you again

  13. Thank you so much for writing on such an important topic.  

    This article covered points on how you could protect and care for your pet. Through these I learned a lot about how to keep my pet safe from the various household dangers mentioned so as not to cause any harm to him 

    Through the articles you provide, I now understand how to protect and care for a pet cat. Thank you so much for nurturing my pets with good advice and encouraging others as well.

  14. Hello! This is an important topic.  I am very grateful to you for sharing such an important article with us. If you do not know that your house is very risky for the cat, then the cat may well be affected at any time. So everyone should stay conscious about protection for them. I love my cat and try to make sure it is protected all the time but I did not know about everything you said in this article. I support your article without any questions because as a cat owner my cat needs safety at home. I will share your article with cat lovers.  

  15. Great article and website! I like your niche! I love cats and this article was really good and interesting! I liked the part about household hazards! The whole article was great but that was my favourite part! It is professionally written and sounds great! Thank you for writing this great article! Keep up the great work on your website!

  16. Great tips on household hazards to cats and how to protect your pets, I am not a cat owner simply because I am very allergic to them. I am a dog owner all my life, and why dogs don’t bother me and cats do has always made me wonder why?

    Anyway, I know from owning dogs all the information you provided is true for them as well. I do feel if you are going to own any type of pet you should know these things before ever adding one to your home

    I loved this post

  17. The safety of our cats are important as our own safety. i almost lost my cat because of negligence one time. The fact that i have learnt something really tangible from this post is very satisfying. The build of your website is nice and the simplicity of the color selection makes it so beautiful. Thank you very much.

    1. Many thanks for your kind comments. Great to hear that you gained some benefits from reading my article

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