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.
It’s that time of year when people all over the world decorate for the holidays. Many people adorn a tree for the season. A few years ago, I learned the real dangers of these trees and ornaments.
I was astonished to learn the statistics regarding Christmas trees. According to National Christmas Tree Association, there are approximately 350 million Christmas trees planted by farmers in the U.S. alone. Of those 350 million, 25-30 million are sold. These numbers pale compared to people who buy artificial trees, which amounts to 80% of those who decorate Christmas trees.
You may be wondering what Christmas trees have to do with your cat.
The obvious answer is that if your cat is prone to climbing, or as I like to put it, be a “tree baby” (pun intended), there is a chance for injury. There are other reasons, too.
The sap from the tree is toxic to your cat. The sap can be found not only on the tree and needles themselves, but in the water that the tree stands in.
Along with pine poisoning, comes the threat of the pesticides and fertilizers used in growing the tree, and chemicals that are used to enhance the look of it. These can cause kidney and/or liver failure, muscle weakness, labored breathing and digestive issues.
There is another danger with the needles of the tree. These needles could easily become lodged in the cat’s throat, or rip her intestines, etc.
The ornamentation of the tree adds to the problem.. Tinsel and those shiny bulbs look like cat toys and are a huge temptation for the cat. If she chews on the tinsel, chances are that she will swallow it and it may wrap itself around the cat’s intestines. Some of the ornaments used on the tree are made from breakable material and can cause damage to the cat’s paws if stepped on and, of course, cut internal organs if swallowed.
Unfortunately, with the exception of the sap poisoning, artificial trees have the same dangers as do their live counterparts.
Solution: Raise your tree off the ground and out of reach of your little ones. You may think that it takes away from the beauty of the season, but better that than spending hundreds of dollars in vet bills, or take the possibilty of a beloved family member dying..
In this national heatwave that we are all experiencing right now, we must all be mindful of our animals. We need to keep our pets indoors with fresh water and a cool place for them to hang out. You might even add a few ice cubes in their water. It serves two purposes, to cool the water down, and it gives them something to play with.
I researched heatwaves and how they can affect our precious pets. Just as humans can get heatstroke, so can cats and dogs.
The signs to watch for are:
1. If your dog is panting excessively or your cat is open-mouth breathing or panting
2. If the color of your dog’s or your cat’s gums change to brick-red and blue-purple
3. If your dog or cat is drooling more than usual
4. If your dog or cat is lethargic or if they collapse
5. If your dog or cat is going into seizures
If they are experiencing any of these signs, call your vet immediately.
We also need to be mindful of leaving your animal in a locked car. On a day where the temperature is 90 degrees, the inside of a vehicle can reach 138 degrees! Please do not take your dog or cat out in a car, just to leave him sitting while you do your errands. Think about how you would feel in 138 degrees.
In a nutshell, we need to be thoughtful and loving towards our pets. After all, they are part of our family.
As I told you last week, I’m looking for cats to play parts in my next Harry the Wonder Cat book. This book is set in Greece, and I need lots of cats to fill the parts of the cats in the sanctuary. You have already met Loki and Lyla May, this week I want to introduce you to three more famous cats.
Charlie is a loveable cat, which will come in handy when Harry needs a distraction.
Both Reginald and Midnight love watching TV. Will Harry train them to be his lookouts?
I have a lot more cats to introduce you to. See ya next week.
Remember, if your cat wants to join Harry and his Greek gang, post a picture with the name of your cat. Please include one personality trait. It promises to be an exciting trip.
I am finishing up the Harry the Wonder Cat Series with Book 3. Harry and his charge, Nikki, and their roommate, Heather, are going to Greece. Someone is out to kill them for the Pink Diamond, and Harry and his Greek gang will have their paws full keeping Nikki and Heather safe.
I am calling for all of the cats who want to go to Greece with Harry. They will be cast as the cats Harry and Luna meet in the Greek Cat Sanctuary. Harry will enlist them to help to find the crooks.
In the next few weeks, I will be sharing all of the co-stars that have signed up so far.
This week, I am introducing two very special cats, Loki and Lyla May.
Loki is the king of the street thugs. He is a tough, no-nonsense cat.
Lyla May is a quiet cat, and you know what they say about the silent type. She is one sleuth that doesn’t mess around.
If your cat wants to join Harry and his Greek gang, post a picture with the name of your cat. Please include one personality trait. It promises to be an exciting trip.