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An Essential Guide

Our furry, feathered, and finned family members bring immeasurable joy to our lives. Ensuring their safety at home becomes paramount. While we curate a vast selection of top-tier pet products, from pet feeders to scratching posts, it’s also our mission at PJ Pet Products to keep pet parents well-informed. Here’s a deep dive into common household dangers for pets.

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Food Items

Several human foods are toxic for pets. Some include:

  • Chocolate: Contains theobromine, which can cause cardiac issues, seizures, and even death in dogs and cats.
  • Grapes and Raisins: The exact toxin remains unidentified, but these can cause kidney failure in dogs.
  • Onions and Garlic: Harmful to cats and dogs, they can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage.

Ensure pet feeders only contain pet-safe food, and always keep human foods out of reach.


Many houseplants, beautiful as they may be, are toxic for pets. A few include:

  • Lilies: Highly toxic to cats, causing kidney failure.
  • Poinsettias: Can cause mild discomfort in the mouth and stomach of pets.
  • Philodendron: Can result in oral irritation, pain, and swelling in pets.

Opt for pet-safe plants like the spider plant or the Boston fern.

Chemicals and Cleaning Agents

Many cleaning agents contain harmful chemicals:

  • Bleach: Can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, and respiratory distress in pets.
  • Antifreeze: Sweet-tasting but deadly. Ingesting even a small amount can be fatal.
  • Rodenticides: These can cause internal bleeding, kidney failure, or seizures in pets.

Store these away securely and consider using pet-friendly cleaning alternatives.

Small Objects and Toys

Tiny objects can be swallowed, leading to choking or intestinal blockages. Always supervise playtime and ensure toys are appropriate for your pet’s size. Regularly inspect and replace damaged toys.

Pet Products

Yes, even some pet products can pose risks.

  • Pet feeders: Ensure they’re regularly cleaned to prevent mould and bacterial growth.
  • Water fountains: Keep them clean and free of algae or other contaminants.
  • Scratching posts: Ensure they’re stable. A toppling post can cause injury.

Choose quality products, like those at PJ Pet Products, to mitigate such risks.

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Open Windows and Balconies

High-rise syndrome in cats is a real danger. Cats often fall from windows and balconies, leading to severe injuries. Ensure windows and balconies have protective screens or barriers.


Even a small dose of human medication, like painkillers or antidepressants, can be lethal for pets. Always store medicines out of reach and never administer human medication to pets without consulting a vet.

Essential Oils and Diffusers

While they may help humans relax, certain oils like tea tree, eucalyptus, and citrus oils can be harmful to pets when ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin.

Overheating and Dehydration

Ensure pets always have access to fresh water. Our water fountains at PJ Pet Products can encourage hydration. Also, during hot periods, ensure your pets have cool places to rest and avoid leaving them in closed vehicles.


Our homes, while being havens of comfort, can present multiple risks for our pets. Awareness is the first step towards prevention. Regularly inspect your home, placing dangerous items out of reach, choosing reliable pet products, and ensuring they remain in optimal condition.

At PJ Pet Products, our commitment goes beyond offering the best scratching posts, pet feeders, and water fountains. We strive to be a resource for pet parents, ensuring that your beloved companions remain safe and happy. Together, let’s create pet-friendly homes where our furry friends can thrive without danger.

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