According to The Humane Society of the United States, an inside cat can live 18 to 20 years compared to 5 years for an outdoor cat. While the house is a much safer place for your cat, even the most secure home has some hazards lurking within its walls. Many dangers are not readily apparent to even a conscientious cat owner. Just as people childproof their houses when they have small children, consider catproofing your home to protect your pet.
This list of the most common injuries occurring in the home was compiled after surveying several emergency clinics across the country. Gastrointestinal blockage from string and foreign bodies tops the list as the most common cause of household injury to cats. These injuries seemed to happen everywhere, but other injuries occur more frequently in certain regions of the country. New York and Chicago have more incidences of cats falling out of high-rise building windows, but clinics in Oklahoma City and Dallas have more reactions to improperly applied flea products and heat stroke.
The most common injuries among indoor cats are:
1. Ingestion of small foreign objects, especially string, sewing needles and cotton balls.
2. Reaction to improperly applied over-the-counter flea and tick products (dog products applied accidentally, contact with dog shortly after treatment or over-applying cat products).
3. Falls from the upper floor.
4. Being stepped or sat on as a kitten.
5. Attacks by other pets.
6. Ingestion of poison and medication.
7. Toxic plants.