Why Is Anti-freeze Dangerous

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When the weather changes from warm to cold, our cats are in danger of becoming fatally ill. To be a responsible guardian, we need to be aware of their surroundings and make them totally safe for our furry friends.

Anti-freeze is one danger that can be deadly to our cats due to the chemical, ethylene glycol. Since cats have a keen sense of smell and curiosity in abundance, they are attracted to the scent of the poison. Once they have found the deadly liquid, they are tempted to sample it and find that it is enticingly sweet. Before we know it, we have a very sick cat on our hands.

So, we might think that it would be perfectly safe if the container has the cap on, right? Wrong! What if a tiny bit dripped down the side of the container? That small drip might be enough to attract him to it and, after a lick or two, we might find ourself rushing our little darling to the vet. If our baby found a puddle of the sweet-smelling stuff under a car and drank it, chances are much more likely that the poison substance would kill him.

There is another type of anti-freeze that contains propylene glycol instead of ethylene glycol. This chemical is touted as completely safe for consumption. While it is safer than its counterpart, it still is dangerous and should be treated with the same care as anti-freeze containing ethylene glycol.

If you think that your cat might have consumed anti-freeze or any other poison, please contact the Pet Poison Hotline at  (855) 764-7661.

 

Our thanks go out to:

Animal Kind

Pet Poison Helpline

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All-Butter ShortDead by H.Y. Hanna

 

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All-Butter ShortDead

By H. Y. Hanna

All Butter-ShortDead by H. Y. Hanna is a prequel to The Oxford Tearoom Mysteries Series. It’s about a woman named Gemma who leaves an executive career in Australia to go back to her hometown of Oxford, England and live out her dream of opening up a tearoom.

On the plane, she meets a woman named Jane. They were sitting next to each for twenty-four hours and there was nothing to do but share a little about themselves. When the plane finally landed, Jane seemed to be in a hurry to disembark from the plane, while Gemma waited until the crowd thinned out a bit. She noticed that Jane left her scarf on her seat, so she decided, since Jane told her where she was staying, to bring the scarf to her at her hotel.

When Gemma returned Jane’s scarf, Jane pleaded with her to stay and join her for a drink in the hotel bar. She got too drunk to find her way back to her room, so Gemma helped her. 

After she saw that Jane was safely in her room, Gemma went down to the reception desk and was just about to leave the hotel when a maid came out of the elevator saying that someone was dead. That someone turned out to be Jane. The police thought they had Gemma to rights, as she was the last to see Jane alive. 

When the news came out that Gemma was the only suspect in Jane’s murder, the bank  didn’t want to risk loaning her the money for her teashop. She was at the end of her rope.

Things go topsy-turvy when four of Gemma’s mother’s friends, who Gemma referred to as the ‘old biddies’, join forces to try to clear her name. 

Did Gemma make the right decision when she came home to Oxford? Is she going to be able to make her dream come true, or will she live in this nightmare forever?

This book was a pleasure to read. It is a fun, fast, cozy mystery that kept me laughing from beginning to end. I am now reading the first book of the series (All-Butter ShortDead is the prequel), and I am loving it just as much. All-Butter ShortDead gets five stars and is a book the will stay on my TBR list.

What You Need to Know About Feline Diabetes

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When my first cat, Monkeyface, was diagnosed with feline diabetes, I was devastated.  I had waited too long to take him to the vet, thinking it was just old age.  He was 11 years old, and that is pretty old for a Maine Coon.  They can get to be 45″ long and weigh up to 30 pounds, and their small hearts have to work pretty hard to pump the blood through their big bodies.  They tend to succumb to heart failure.

Monkeyface was 20 pounds when he was healthy.  His fur was full and beautiful and his eyes were bright. When I finally figured out that he was sick, his bright eyes were dull, his luxurious coat had lost is sheen, and instead of being the big, healthy cat that I knew, he had lost so much weight that he became a shell of his former self … he was sick. I took him to the vet.

When he was finally diagnosed with feline diabetes, it was too late and I had to put him down.  That was thirteen years ago and to this day,  I still feel guilty.  After all of the love and companionship he gave to me  I failed him so miserably.  If I had only known the signs of the disease, I might have given him more time.

The symptoms which Monkey displayed were constant thirst; change in eating habits, either eating less; weight loss; fur losing luster; and lethargy.  Some other symptoms that Monkeyface didn’t have are UTI, eating more than usual, sweet smelling breath, increased urination, and urinating outside the litter box.

The exact causes of feline diabetes are not known, but it is more likely that overweight and /or older cats are susceptible to it.   Some other conditions that may lead to diabetes are hyperthyroidism, pancreatitis and/or abnormal protein deposits on the pancreas.

Feline diabetes is all about the insulin, a hormone that helps move sugar from bloodstream into the cat’s cells.  As with humans, there are 2 types of feline diabetes. Type 1 is brought on by a lack of insulin and is most uncommon and rarely treatable. Type 2 occurs when the cat produces the hormone, but the cells become resistant to the insulin put out by the body. This type is treatment if caught in time.

Feline diabetes does not have to be a death sentence.  In some cases, shots are used to balance out the insulin and in some rare cases pills might work.  If your cat starts to show signs of feline diabetes, take him to the vet immediately and you may save his life.

Our thanks go out to:

ASPCA

Web MD

Cat

The 12 Days of Christmas

 

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The 12 Days of Christmas begins on December 25th and ends on January 5th. The earliest version of song appeared in 1780 in a children’s book and it is thought to be French in origin. Some say it was a game in which players’ would test their memories by singing the song. If they couldn’t remember the words, they would have to give up something, like a piece of candy, etc.

Here is Harry’s version of The 12 Days of Christmas.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me an ornament in a Christmas tree

1st day

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me two catnip toys and an ornament in a Christmas tree

2nd Day

On the third day of Christmas my true gave to me three balls of twine, two catnip toys and an ornament in a Christmas tree

3rd Day

On the fourth day of Christmas my true gave to me four laser pointers, three balls of twine, two catnip toys and an ornament in a Christmas tree

Day 4

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me five kitty treats, four laser pointers, three balls of twine, two catnip toys and an ornament in a Christmas tree

Day 5

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me six feather toys, five kitty treats, four laser pointers, three balls of twine, two catnip toys and an ornament in a Christmas tree

Day 6

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me seven birds a-flying, six feather toys, five kitty treats, four laser pointers, three balls of twine, two catnip toys and an ornament in a Christmas tree

Day 7

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me eight mice a-running, seven birds a-flying, six feather toys, five kitty treats, four laser pointers, three balls of twine, two catnip toys and an ornament in a Christmas tree

Day 8

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me nine bowls of cream, eight mice a-running, seven birds a-flying, six feather toys, five kitty treats, four laser pointers, three balls of twine, two catnip toys and an ornament in a Christmas tree

Day 9

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me ten tunnel toys, nine bowls of cream, eight mice a-running, seven birds a-flying, six feather toys, five kitty treats, four laser pointers, three balls of twine, two catnip toys and an ornament in a Christmas tree

Day 10

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me eleven jingle balls, ten tunnel toys, nine bowls of cream, eight mice a-running, seven birds a-flying, six feather toys, five kitty treats, four laser pointers, three balls of twine, two catnip toys and an ornament in a Christmas tree

Day 11

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me twelve running wheels, eleven jingle balls, ten tunnel toys, nine bowls of cream, eight mice a-running, seven birds a-flying, six feather toys, five kitty treats, four laser pointers, three balls of twine, two catnip toys and an ornament in a Christmas tree

Day 12

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What Are Harry’s Resolutions For 2020

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It’s that time of year where everyone makes unnecessary demands on themselves, just to try to make others happy. Okay, last year I decided to make some changes of my own. It didn’t quite happen, so I will try again this year.

I’ve listed my resolutions below.

  1. I will cut down the number of trips to the Magic Cupboard (where my treats can be found).
  2. I will stop laying around like an old slug all the time.
  3. I will quit expecting everybody to do my bidding.
  4. I will quit procrastinating.

When do I have to change?  Now? I can’t.  I’m busy laying around the fireplace, getting my guardian to get me treats (and anything else I need).

Oh, heck. Who needs to change?  I’m purrfect as I am.