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Grapes and raisins are a few common foods that can be fatal to your cat.

Grapes and raisins are some common foods that can be fatal to your cat.

Hazards to avoid

There are NUMEROUS foods, plants/flowers and home/garden products that can be potentially FATAL to cats, dogs and other pets. By being aware of which ones pose a danger, you can keep your pet safe, avoid a costly trip to the emergency hospital and potentially avoid a tragedy.

Please keep the following away from pets:

Holiday Hazards

  • Christmas tree water (can contain fertilizers
    & bacteria)

  • Electrical cords

  • Ribbons or tinsel (can become lodged in the intestines - most often occurs with kittens!)

  • Batteries

  • Glass ornaments

Household/personal items

  • String

  • Yarn

  • Thread (with & without a needle)

  • Dental floss

  • Straight pins

  • Rubber bands

  • Coins

  • Jewelry

  • Rubber door stoppers

  • Plastic pop can/bottle carriers

  • Fabric/clothes (which some cats chew)

  • Plastic wrap

  • Plastic & paper bags with handles

  • Fabric softener sheets

  • Liquid potpourri

  • Mothballs

  • Post-1982 pennies (due to high concentration of zinc)

  • Rat & mouse bait  

Black-eyed Susans are poisonous to cats. See more toxic plants below.

Black-eyed Susans are poisonous to cats. See more toxic plants below.

Foods

  • Chocolate

  • Coffee & caffeine

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Avocado

  • Macadamia nuts

  • Grapes & raisins

  • Yeast dough

  • Raw/undercooked meat, eggs & bones

  • Xylitol sweetener

  • Onions, garlic & chives

  • Salt  

Garden and outdoor hazards

  • Animal toxins—toads, insects, spiders, snakes & scorpions

  • Blue-green algae in ponds

  • Citronella candles

  • Cocoa mulch

  • Compost piles

  • Fertilizers

  • Outdoor plants & plant bulbs

  • Swimming-pool treatment supplies

  • Fly baits containing methomyl

  • Slug & snail baits containing metaldehyde

Medications (can be lethal, even in small dosages)

  • Pain killers (Ibuprofen, all Tylenol tablets/capsules & liquids, including children's Tylenol)

  • Cold medicines

  • Anti-cancer drugs

  • Antidepressants

  • Vitamins

  • Diet Pills

  • Flea products (dog flea medications are toxic to cats)

Cold Weather Hazards

  • Antifreeze

  • Ice melting products

Plants that are Toxic to Pets:

Almond (pits)
Alocasia
Aloe Vera
Amaryllis
Andromeda Japonica
Apple (seeds)
Apple Leaf Croton
Apricot (pits)
Asparagus Fern
Autumn Crocus
Avocado (fruit & pit)
Azalea
Baby Doll Ti
Baby’s Breath
Baneberry
Bayonet
Beargrass
Beech
Belladonna
Bird of Paradise
Bittersweet
Black-eyed Susan
Black Locust
Bleeding Heart
Bloodroot
Bluebonnet
Box
Boxwood
Branching Ivy
Buckeye
Buddhist Pine
Buttercup
Cactus, Candelabra
Caladium
Calla Lily
Castor Bean
Ceriman
Charming Dieffenbachia
Cherry (pits, seeds and wilting leaves)
Chinaberry
China Doll
Chinese Evergreen
Christmas Cactus
Christmas Rose
Chrysanthemum
Cineraria Clematis
Cordatum
Corn Plant
Cornstalk Plant
Corydalis
Croton
Crocus, Autumn
Crown of Thomas
Crown Vetch
Cuban Laurel
Cutleaf Philodendron

Cycads
Cyclamen
Daffodil
Daphne
Datura
Deadly Nightshade
Death Camas
Daisy
Day Lily
Decentrea
Delphinium
Devil’s Ivy
Dieffenbachia
Dracaena Palm
Dragon Tree
Dumb Cane
Easter Lily**
Eggplant
Elaine
Elderberry
Elephant Ears
Emerald Feather
English Ivy
Eucalyptus
Euonymus
Evergreen
Ferns
Fiddle-leaf
Fig
Flamingo Plant
Flax
Florida Beauty
Four o’Clock
Foxglove
Fruit Salad Plant
Geranium
German Ivy
Giant Dumb Cane
Glacier Ivy
Gladiola
Gold Dieffenbachia
Gold Dust Dracaena
Golden Chain
Golden Glow
Golden Pothos
Gopher Purge
Hahn’s Self- Branching Ivy
Hawaiian Ti
Heartland Philodendron
Heavenly Bamboo
Hellebore
Hemlock
Hibiscus
Holly
Honeysuckle
Horsebeans

Horsebrush

Horse Chesnuts
Hurricane Plant
Hyacinth
Hydrangea
Impatiens
Indian Laurel
Indian Rubber Plant
Indian Tobacco
Iris
Iris Ivy
Jack in the Pulpit
Janet Craig Dracaena
Japanese Show Lily**
Japanese Yew
Java Beans
Jessamine
Jerusalem Cherry
Jimson Weed
Jonquil Jungle Trumpets
Kalanchoe
Lacey Tree Philodendron
Lantana
Larkspur
Laurel
Lily
Lily Spider
Lily of the Valley
Locoweed
Lupine
Madagascar Dragon Tree
Marble Queen
Marigold
Marijuana
Mescal Bean
Mexican Breadfruit
Miniature Croton
Mistletoe
Mock Orange
Monkshood
Moonseed
Morning Glory
Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
Mountain Laurel
Mushrooms
Narcissus
Needlepoint Ivy
Nephthytis
Nightshade
Norfolk Pine
Oleander
Onion
Oriental Lily**
Peace Lily
Peach (wilting leaves & pits)
Pencil Cactus
Peony

Periwinkle

Philodendron (all varieties)
Pimpernel
Plum (wilting leaves & pit)
Plumosa Fern
Poinsettia (low toxicity)
Poison Ivy
Poison Oak
Pokeweed
Poopy
Potato
Pothos
Precatory Bean
Primula
Primrose
Privet
Red Emerald
Red Princess
Red-margined Dracaena
Rhododendron
Rhubarb
Ribbon Plant
Rosemary Pea
Rubber Plant
Saddle Leaf Pilodendron
Sago Palm
Satin Pothos
Scheffl era
Scotch Broom
Silver Pothos
Skunk Cabbage
Snowdrops
Snow on the Mountain
Spotted Dumb Cane
Staggerweed
Star of Bethlehem
String of Pearls
Strips Dracaena
Sweet Pea
Sweetheart Ivy
Swiss Cheese Plant
Tansy Mustard
Taro Vine
Tiger Lily**
Tomato Plant (green, fruit,
stem, & leaves)
Tree Philodendron
Tropic Snow
Tulip
Tung Tree
Virginia Creeper
Water Hemlock
Weeping Fig
Wild Call
Wisteria
Yew
Yucca

**very poisonous

See more information on keeping pets safe from Animal Poison Control Center of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control.

If you suspect that your pet has consumed any of the above, SEEK HELP IMMEDIATELY.  Go to EMERGENCIES.