How to Keep Cats Safe this Christmas

December 5, 2017-The upcoming holiday season spells excitement for most people; animals also get excited because there is so much to see and so many new things to get into! Read the tips below from our friends at The Spruce! Happy Holidays<3

https://www.thespruce.com/holiday-safety-for-cats-4154543

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Keep Your Cats Indoors on Halloween! (and IMHO, all of the time!)

October 31, 2017- This article is from our friends at Peta.com about how to keep your animals safe and happy this Halloween. Please remember to keep your cats indoors, ESPECIALLY if you have a black cat! This is imperative to the safety of your beloved feline because let’s face it, people can be cruel and horrible. Click on the link below for tips to enjoy Halloween with your pets!

https://www.peta.org/living/companion-animals/keep-animals-safe-happy-halloween/

The picture on the right is my very own majestic, black cat! ūüôā

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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Keep Your Cat Safe This Halloween…

Halloween is my favourite day of the year and in our house, we go all out! We decorate the inside and outside, we dress up, never buy enough candy and are always on the hunt for the coolest/cutest costumes for ourselves and for our cats. With all of the excitement and let’s face it chaos, that surrounds this time of year it’s easy to get distracted when it comes to caring for your pet. Here are a few tips to keep your feline friend safe this Halloween.

  1. Give Your Pet a Safe Haven. If you live in a busy neighbourhood that is full of kids, it’s a given that your doorbell will be working hard on Halloween night. It would be so easy for kitty to sneak out the door while you’re handing out treats to ghosts and goblins, plus cats can become easily startled by kids wearing masks and costumes.¬† To prevent this and to give yourself piece-of-mind, prepare a special place for your cat that will be away from all of the commotion. I usually usher Simba and Sebastien into the spare bedroom with a few favourite treats and toys on Halloween night. I also make sure to give them plenty of fresh water and I check on them frequently.
  2. Pick the Right Costume. If you happen to dress your cat up on Halloween there are a few things to be mindful of. Pick a costume that is comfortable for your cat. This means that they can move freely and will not overheat in their outfit. Be mindful of any decorative items that could be consumed by your cat and that might pose a choking hazard. Be sure to pick a costume that is non-toxic. Don’t subject your kitty to wearing his costume the entire night. As an added tip, I make sure that my cats are only wearing their costume when they are supervised. This way, I know that they are safe and comfortable. We usually take a couple of pictures and then I take the costumes off of them.
  3. Keep Kitty Away From Human Treats. Cats are curious creatures and they have a penchant for getting their nose into everything. Whether you’re throwing a killer Halloween party or handing out candy to kids, be sure to keep kitty away from the goodies. Chocolate is toxic to cats and even a small amount can cause seizures, muscle tremors and vomiting. Large doses of chocolate can be fatal. Give your cat his own treats that night and only ¬†1 or 2. This way you can all enjoy a safe and happy Halloween.

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…