Friday, April 29, 2016

Common Household Dangers for Cats: Kitchen and Bathroom

Last week, we talked about some common household dangers that can be found in your living room and home office.  This week, we'd like to discuss some of the common household hazards that lurk in your kitchen and bathroom.

Oven/Stove: Cats seem to be drawn to warm places where they can curl up and sleep.  The stove and oven are certainly warm, but they are obviously dangerous for cats.  Whenever you're using the stove or oven, please keep an eye on your kitty.  If your cat seems interested in walking on the stove, cover the burners with covers whenever they aren't in use.

Cats can also get underfoot.  Please be careful when you are transferring hot pots and pans from one place to another in the kitchen.  Locate your kitty before moving boiling water so you don't accidentally spill any on your furry friend.

My grandmother will turn on her oven and leave the door open for a while to help heat her home.  This is obviously not a good idea if you have cats in the home!

Food: Please be mindful of leaving food on your kitchen counters or on the stove.  Many human foods are dangerous for cats.  Chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, garlic, raw fish, tuna, and milk are just a few human foods that can cause health problems in cats.  When ingested, these foods can cause anything from digestive distress to kidney damage to death.  Please cover any food you leave on the counter or stove while you're eating and put leftovers away promptly.

I would also recommend rinsing off your dishes before placing them into the sink to be washed.  Some cats will lick food off dirty dishes in the sink if given the chance to do so.

Trash: Leftovers, meat bones, package wrappers...  The kitchen trash can be a very tempting place for your kitty.  Please be sure to keep a lid on your trash can so that it's harder for your cat to get into.  Alternatively, you can store your trash can in a pantry or cabinet where your cat cannot access it.

Junk Drawer: I don't know if you all have one of these, but when I was growing up, we always had a drawer in the kitchen we called the junk drawer.  The junk drawer is where we kept light bulbs for the night lights, rubber bands, paper clips, batteries, coupons, pens, tape, and other miscellaneous items.  Please keep this drawer shut when not in use.  When ingested, batteries can cause ulcers in the stomach, mouth, and esophagus.

If ingested, paper clips, rubber bands, and other small items can cause an abdominal or intestinal obstruction.  Surgical removal of the item will need to occur in order to resolve the issue.  Signs of an abdominal or intestinal blockage may include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or tenderness, producing a small amount of feces or straining to defecate, lethargy, and decreased appetite.  If your kitty has ingested a foreign body, he may also growl or try to bite when you try to pick him up or touch his stomach.  If string, thread, or a rubber band has gotten wrapped around the base of his tongue, your cat may paw at his mouth or face.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

KONG Naturals Incline Cat Scratcher Review

Carmine: Mes wonders what came in my Chewy box this month...

We enjoy being part of the Chewy Blogger Outreach Program because we get to try out new cat products each month.  This month I selected the KONG Naturals Incline Cat Scratcher for Carmine and Milita to try out.  

Carmine: Hmmm....what do we has here?

Every cat needs to scratch.  Scratching pads and posts provide kitties an appropriate place to scratch.  In my opinion, every cat needs multiple scratching pads and posts throughout the house.  

Key benefits of the KONG Naturals Cat Scrather are:
  • It comes in three sizes: Single Scratcher - 19.25 x 4.5 x 1.5 inches.  Double Scratcher - 19.25 x 8.88 x 1.5 inches.  Incline Scratcher - 19.25 x 7.5 x 1.5 inches.
  • Eco-friendly material is used made with renewable resources.
  • Provides an appropriate and fun place for your cat to scratch.
Each scratcher comes with a double-sided scratch pad, so you can get twice the use out of each one!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Need a Chat Buddy?: Opt to Adopt Mango


Cat Care Society
Lakewood, CO

You all know how much I love my Mango, and if circumstances were different, there is no doubt that she'd be living here with us.  This sweet baby deserves a wonderful home.

Mango is a gorgeous dilute tortie with medium fur.  Her fur tends to mat, so she gets shaved about twice a year - and she looks soooo adorable with a lion cut!  

Mango loves to talk!  Just ask her, and she'll tell you all about her day and what she's been doing.  She'll meow a greeting when you come into the room to visit her, too.  If Mango really likes you, she'll give you kisses!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Milita's Monday

Milita enjoys her tree after eating some breakfast.
Hi everyone, it's Milita today.

I like spending part of my mornings in my tree here.  There isn't much to look at outside, though.  The electric company has their building right across from us, MOL.  Sometimes it is fun to watch the humans.

In my last post, I mentioned that the Mom and Dr. M agreed to try me on an alternating dose of 2.5mg and 5mg of Prednisolone every other day.  

It was all going well - until Sunday.  I was on the Mom's bed Sunday morning and woke her up with an asthma attack.  She says she is going to call Dr. M today, and they will probably raise my dose to 5mg of Pred every day again.  The Mom doesn't like me being on so much Pred, but she says maybe it was the wrong time of year to try to lower my dose since the Spring allergy season is here.  The Mom says her allergies have been very bad, so she isn't too surprised that I had an asthma attack.  

Friday, April 22, 2016

Common Household Dangers to Cats: Living Room and Home Office

Protect your cat from these common household dangers.
Indoor cats face fewer dangers than outdoor ones, but homes definitely have dangers of their own cat parents should be mindful of.  Some of these potential household dangers just might surprise you.

Small Office Supplies: Cats are curious by nature.  They like to play with things we might not think they'd enjoy, like rubber bands or paper clips.  However, cats can easily swallow small items commonly kept in a home office, such as thumb tacks, rubber bands, paper clips, and small erasers.  These objects may cause an intestinal obstruction, which requires surgery to fix.  Please keep all small office supplies in closed containers out of your cat's reach.

Electrical Cords: Even if you don't have a cord chomper, it's a good idea to invest in some cord covers or Bitter Apple to spray your cords with.  Cats who chew electrical cords risk electrocution, electrical burns in the mouth or on the tongue, seizures, cardiac arrest, and breathing difficulties.

Batteries: According to Vetstreet, batteries are toxic to both cats and dogs.  They may cause ulcers in the stomach, mouth, and esophagus.  Keep batteries in a desk drawer or a closet - somewhere your cat cannot access.

Cats love to play! Be sure to purchase safe toys for your cat.
Toys: Believe it or not, cat toys can pose a hazard to your furry friend.  Toys with parts that can be chewed or torn off easily by your kitty pose a choking hazard.  Purchase toys that don't have parts that can be easily chewed or torn off them.

Additionally, it's best to keep all fishing pole type toys out of your cat's reach when you're not playing with her.  Cats love string, yarn, etc. and can chew through and swallow the string on fishing pole toys.