Tips for Keeping Your Cat Safe this Easter…

Easter will be upon us in a few short weeks, and I think it’s essential to spread the word on how to keep your cat safe during the holiday. Follow these tips to ensure a happy and safe celebration for everyone in your home!

  1. Just say, “No”- to Easter Lillies that is. Lillies (ALL parts of them) are especially toxic to cats. A small nibble of a stem, leaf or petal can be fatal and cause severe kidney damage. Even the POLLEN is toxic. Be safe this Easter and choose pet-friendly plants if you must have them. The following plants are NON-TOXIC to your cat so choose one of these instead. As always don’t let your pets chew on them, though. Plants are to be admired not eaten:)
    10 houseplants that are safe for pets (non-toxic)
    • African violet.
    • Air plants.
    • Ferns (Maidenhair, Boston, and Bird’s Nest)
    • Orchids.
    • Peperomia.
    • Prayer Plant.
    • Spider Plant.
    • Zebra Plant.

    2. Keep Easter grass away from your cat-Baskets filled with Easter grass may look cute but the grass can be fatal to your feline friend. Ingestion of the grass can cause intestinal obstruction and an emergency trip to the animal hospital! Use brightly coloured tissue paper or patterned cloth in festive colours to fill the bottom of the baskets instead. This way your baskets will still look great and your cat will be safe and sound.

    3. Don’t share your dinner-This is a good tip not just for Easter but in general. Cats should only eat…well, cat food. I know that with my guys specifically, they’ll look for tiny pieces of ham or turkey that fall on the floor and are waiting at the ready to steal a piece. Don’t do this! It not only encourages bad behaviour that is hard to stop after it starts, but it’s not healthy for your cat. Fat and bones will cause significant problems for your cat if eaten by accident and garlic and onions used in stuffing are toxic. Keep your cat away from Easter dinner so that everyone can enjoy their own meal. That includes your feline friend.

    4. Keep an eye on chocolate and candy-Hiding Easter eggs for youngsters is a fun way to celebrate Easter as a family. Keep the celebration safe by having a list of where you’ve hidden all of the Easter treats to ensure that kitty doesn’t sink his teeth into some forgotten chocolate. Chocolate is toxic and can be fatal to cats! Consider keeping kitty confined to his room while your family hunts for the eggs to ensure his safety.

     

    I hope that you’ll find these tips helpful during your holiday celebration. *These guidelines were originally posted by our friends at Guelph Animal Hospital.

LLB

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Seabass’ Diary…Day 7

There was much excitement within the prison walls yesterday, a moth had entered somehow. I watched the winged creature flutter about and my thirst for it was insatiable. The poor thing! It had no idea that it’s fate would soon be upon it; and such a nasty one at that.

I was laying on the dining room table as I usually do and was basking in the glorious glow of The Sunbeam. The Sunbeam is my only solace in this hell and I am quite surprised that it finds it’s way inside this deep pit of despair. I saw the winged creature and my eyes widened…could this be? I stretched into a magnificent arch and sat up…yes, there it was again. I watched it fly from the ceiling fan onto the light fixture and then into the window. I pounced and tried to grab it with my paws but alas, it slipped right through.

No matter, I would try again and this time be victorious! I followed it into the living room and swatted at it again…this time it suffered a near fatal blow at my strength. It flew to the floor, disoriented and injured! I ran to the living room rug and tried to find my prize…Simbicile was already there…his mouth was moving slowly and he seemed to be eating something…he had claimed the prize as his own and was finishing off the last delicious morsel.

A rage as hot as lava filled my being. How could he claim the prize that was rightfully mine? He had not suffered the labour of catching the thing! I stared at him; there he sat, a abhorrent figure of laziness. He was  licking his chops and cleaning his face. He looked at me smugly and smiled.  I attacked him with all of my might, our bodies entangled in a fury of fur. I bit down on him as hard as I could and he kicked me in the face. I retreated…this time he had won, but make no mistake…I am plotting my revenge. The small human awoke and saw the destruction of the living room, tumbleweeds of my luxurious black coat dotted the carpet. She came to find me but I hid…I did not want to see her, I had been defeated in battle and that was enough for today.

 

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Sloth…

Curiosity Can Kill Your Cat…

I have a six year old Maine Coon mix named Seabass. To say that he is curious would be an understatement. There are so many things that your cat is exposed to on a daily basis that can be harmful and even fatal!

I’m here to inform you of some  common household dangers that could hurt your kitty and tell you how to prevent an accident.

  1. Open dryers and washing machines- There have been a few incidents of cats getting into washers and dryers with devastating outcomes. Cats love to hide in warm laundry and small spaces. Make sure that your washer and dryer are closed when not in use and be sure to check the machines before using.
  2. Dropped pills-Have you ever dropped one of your medications on the floor and were not able to find it? It’s happened to everyone. This is especially dangerous if you have a cat because they could potentially ingest the medication that they found. Cats eat a lot of things that they find on the floor, whether it be a stray piece of sandwich meat that you didn’t see, a small strand of shredded cheese, a drip of milk from a cereal bowl and the list goes on.  A good tip is to open all medications over the sink with the stopper inserted. That way you will be able to find the pill with ease and your furry friend will remain safe!
  3. Hot surfaces-Cats love to climb on counters and this behaviour comes from wanting to perch high above everything to scope out their territory. This is especially dangerous if you have a flat top stove. Flat top stoves have a flush surface and can remain extremely hot up to 5-10 minutes even after being shut off. If your kitty likes to jump up on things this could result in major damage and suffering from burns! Train your cats to stay off of the counter by putting aluminium foil along the edges of all counter tops in the kitchen. Cats don’t like the sound of the feel of the foil and this will deter them from jumping up.
  4. Cleaners, bleaches and disinfectants-Just like medication, the ingestion of these household products can prove fatal to your furry friend. Keep all cleaning materials out of reach. If your cat knocks over a cleaning supply liquid they may not drink it BUT if the liquid gets on their fur or feet they WILL groom themselves. Keep your cat safe by storing all products in an area where your cat cannot get into such as a locked cabinet.
  5. Plants-I’ve touched on this before so please visit my post about plants that are toxic to cats on this blog.
  6. Needles and thread-Don’t leave needles or thread unattended even for a second. Your cat could ingest them and then you have a horrible problem on your hands. Cats love string and that is one thing I never let mine play with. The string can get wrapped around their tongues or if they eat the string it could do internal damage. The same goes with needles, they could get one in the eye or body part, or internally. Please be vigilant when doing any kind of sewing or crafts and don’t leave anything unattended.

These are just a few household dangers that could pose a potential threat to your cat. Cats are naturally curious so they need your help to be kept safe!

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Curiosity…