Dangerous household items for your Sphynx Cat

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    Sphynx Bucks:
    • Pig
    • Venus Fly trap
    • Black Sphynx
    • Skull head
    Chair Spokes that taper - cats can get their head through the wide part but may panic if they lay down and get stuck at the narrow part

    Exercise Tubing - used for isometric training - they can chew a piece off the rubber tube and cause an intestinal blockage

    Checking refrigerators, ovens, washing machines, dryers (they like the warm insides), cabinets and dishwashers

    Plastic bags - like grocery bags, The plastic bag handles can tangle around the neck and choke them. Some cat's enjoy chewing the wrapper the toilet paper or paper towels come in.

    Paper Clips, Twist Ties or other small metal objects they think is a toy

    Bowls with small openings at the top (cat can get their head stuck in it)

    Cat Beds - like a fleece pillow case - another cat can lay over the opening and suffocate the animal inside

    Toilets - kittens can fall in and not get out

    Electrocution from cat chewing metal cords

    Styrofoam - watch for those Styrofoam peanuts in the shipment box

    Cat play boxes with small openings - head can get stuck

    Lit Candles

    Sewing Thread - even on the spool

    Cigarettes - if they eat them are toxic

    Needles/Fishing Hooks - especially the decorated ones

    Christmas ornaments, ornament hooks


    Fake snow, mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias are all toxic to cats in some degree, sometimes deadly.

    Items they can pull over on themselves and not get out of

    Watch for cats getting into drawers or cedar chests - they can suffocate

    Jewelry - they can be the "in home" thief and take your jewelry for a toy, swallow it and become sick.

    Turkey wish bone-Don't leave them out in the open after a holiday

    Stove tops or anything that produces heat (sphynx love heat) small electric heaters




    Plant Food




    Essential oils

    Alcoholic Beverages

    Apple Seeds

    Cherry Pits

    Coffee Grounds or Beans



    Yeast Dough

    Human Medications


    Jewerly or Chains

    Rubber Bands

    Toys w/ Removable Parts

    Leftovers Like Chicken Bones

    Tips for the Christmas Holiday
    • Climbing in/up tree: To keep your sphynx from walking under the tree, try put not so pleasant feeling textures that cats don't like on the tree skirt. Cats generally dislike the feeling of walking on aluminum foil, pine cones, sticky surfaces (like double sided tape).
    • Xmas tree stand: If your Christmas tree will be sitting in water, cover the water with a tree skirt or any other cover to avoid your sphynx from drinking the water, in some cases it can be toxic to them.
    • Ornament placement: Avoid putting ornaments low on the tree, and limit glass or breakable ornaments, so that your sphynx won't be tempted or accidentally knock them off. Track and manage all extra or unused ornament hooks as not to leave them laying around or accessible to pets.
    • Electrical cords: Cats may chew on electrical cords if they can reach them so keep them covered with plastic or cardboard tubes, start them higher on the tree, and unplug them when not in use. You can also spray the electrical cords with Grannick's Bitter Apple spray that can be purchased at any pet supply chain or Amazon.
    • Tinsel: Since tinsel can severely damage a cat's digestive system, avoid using it on your tree if possible.
    • Dangerous Holiday Plants: Skip the holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias, since these are poisonous to cats.
    Last edited: May 25, 2012
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