Easter Hazards

Photo: bob in swamp / Foter.com / CC BY

Photo: bob in swamp / Foter.com / CC BY

It’s that time again when Spring is upon us and we look forward with great anticipation to the upcoming Easter holiday and nice, long days of summer ahead.   With 10 to 12 million lily plants produced annually, the lily is a very popular plant to receive as a gift, especially during this time of year.

Cat owners must be aware when bringing lilies into their homes. The following species are known toxins to cats: The Easter lily, Tiger lily, Day Lily, Rubrum lily, Japanese Show Lily, as well as other members of the Liliaceae family can all cause kidney failure in cats. In most plants, the leaves are known toxins along with the stems and flowers in certain species. With some species, cats can eat as little as two or three leaves which can result in liver failure and, if left untreated, can cause death if not caught in time.

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Photo: flores do meu jardim / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

If you catch your cat eating a lily plant, contact your veterinarian immediately. Should your cat ingest lily plant material, he may vomit, have diarrhea, became dehydrated and lethargic and develop a lack of appetite. As internal damage progresses, symptoms can become more intense without prompt, appropriate treatment by your veterinarian. Take the plant along when you take your cat to the veterinarian to make it easier for your veterinarian to prescribe the proper care and treatment.

If you receive a lily plant, take extra caution to make sure that the plant is out of reach and kept away from your cat, especially if he likes to nibble on things. Rather than struggle with the problem of where to put the plant, you may decide that cats are more fun and more decorative than a plant and just ban them from your home.

Beware of Holiday Hazards with Kitty

This time of year is full of festive occasions and fun with family and friends.  Make sure that your cat is safe and cozy and free from harm.

There are several precautions you can take for all to have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.

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  •  With people coming and going, make sure your cat is kept away from doors to the outside.  Consider micro-chipping your cat if you have not done so.
  • Poinsettias are not lethal and may cause some stomach upset, but lilies are deadly.  Do not keep any lilies in the house at all.
  • Stick to cat food.  Cats can be curious and beg for tempting goodies.  A piece or two of turkey is fine, but be sure not to over-feed your cat on people food.  Stick to your cat’s regular diet with a few extra cat treats thrown in.

 

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  • The tree.  What fun and a great temptation for your cat. If you have a real tree, let it sit in your house without decorations, for a few days. Stay away from putting ornaments on the bottom branches.  I learned that the hard way as one of my cats broke my grandmother’s 75 year old ornament. Be sure not to add any tinsel. Choose decorations that are cat-friendly, such as cat toys on the bottom branches, your kitty will have her own toys to play with.  If you have climbers, you may want to anchor the tree to the ceiling.  If you have water for the tree, get a cover so your cat will not get sick.
  • If you have to have ribbons and decorations on Christmas packages, keep them in a safe place until you are ready to open presents.  Once the presents are open, put away the ribbons.  Keep the box for your cat to play in.

These tips will only take a few minutes and can ensure that you and your cat will have a holiday season to enjoy and remember for years to come.

Beware of Holiday Hazards that Could Harm Kitty

It’s that time of year again when the Christmas decorations are up and can attract kitty’s attention.  It is better to be safe than sorry when decorating for the holidays. Decorations, tinsel, plants and ornaments can potentially harm your cat. The shiny decorations are so appealing to cats.

Below, are a few of the common hazards that could potentially harm your cat.

Plants

There is some debate as to what part of the plant is poisonous. The sap that comes out of the plant can be the most harmful. As an alternative, consider using some silk plants instead?

Holly, Mistletoe, Bittersweet and Jerusalem Cherry, on the other hand, are very toxic which will make your cat vomit, have diarrhea, and increase its heart rate.

In addition, some cats are allergic to pine trees and can be harmed if the pine needles are ingested.

 

Tinsel

Tinsel can be very harmful to your cat as well.  The long strands of tinsel can cause your cat to choke or worse, get caught in the intestinal tract and need to be surgically removed by your vet.

Watch ornaments and hooks as well. Candles can be quite festive, but such a danger. Personally, I don’t ever allow candles in my home. It is just better not to even have them around.

Be sure to take these simple precautions so that you and your cat can have a wonderful holiday season together.