High as a Cat…

A lot of people believe that cat grass is feline’s version of marijuana…we’ll let’s see about that!


 

This is a huge misconception among a lot of cat owners funnily enough-your cat, no matter how strange it acts, is not hallucinating or high on cat grass. According to experts, there is no benefit to cat grass whatsoever even though it is totally harmless for them to eat. Cats are obligate carnivores and while they CAN eat plants, it’s completely unnecessary. In ancient times, when parasites were common, the act of eating grass was just a residue of evolution in cats that ate, lived and died outdoors. Researchers said that there were benefits to animals eating certain foliage in regards to helping get rid of parasite infestations internally and it may have benefited chimps, lions and tigers.

On the other hand, different experts say that there may be benefits to cats eating grass other than the reason of their ancestral roots and habits from long ago. Even though cats may not need cat grass, there are benefits to ingestion! Cat grass is high in fibre and can help improve digestion, as well as help move things along the intestinal tract such as fur from grooming, plus it holds a whole host of different nutrients. Wheat grass is the most common type of cat grass and it has:

  • Niacin
  • Riboflavin
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B6

So the point is, cat grass won’t get your cat high and it’s probably not really necessary but there is NO harm in letting your cats nibble on it every now and again. My guys love it and it’s a treat to watch them eat it!

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Simba chowing down on cat grass

 

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…

Plants Toxic to Cats…

With Easter just around the corner this post is quite important. Guests who will be joining the festivities may bring  a gift of flowers that pose hidden dangers for our feline friends. Here’s a list of plants that are know to be toxic to cats (please note that this list is not completely comprehensive and there may be plants on the list that are toxic but perhaps overlooked):

  • Amaryllis
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azaleas and Rhododendrons
  • Castor Bean
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cyclamen
  • English Ivy
  • Kalanchoe
  • LILIES
  • Oleander
  • Peace LILY
  • Pothos
  • Spanish Thyme
  • TULIP & NARCISSUS
  • Yew

If you need more information please ask your veterinarian. Also if your pet does consume toxic plants, get IMMEDIATE care!

Have a wonderful Easter weekend and lets keep our furry friends safe!

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These tulips may look beautiful but they are toxic to cats…