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Service Cats: How Toxic Is That Food To Kitty

The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Trainin’ Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal trainin’, cats in purrticular. And to offur insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards.

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

 

 

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. Each week we take questions and topic suggestions from all of you. We’ve spent the last four weeks focusing on Kitten/Cat Proofing your home. Ifin you missed any of those posts or any post in our Service Cats Series, you can ketch up by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page in our menu. Ifin you have questions or a topic you’d like to see here, you can leave those in the comments below or send us a private e-mail via our Contact page. Just remember, when asking behavioral questions to be as specific as pawssible and give any purrtinent examples. A well behaved and healthy kitty is more likely to keep their furever home.

 

Raena in tiger kitty holster

 

 

 

     We previously wrote about human Foods that are Toxic to us kitties and have received a follow up question asking just how Toxic those foods are. So, we’ve decided to expound on that today. With all the information we’re exposed to these days, it can be confusing for pet parents to know what’s what. Most peeps want to do what’s best for the furry members of their family; and spoiling them with a few table scraps couldn’t hurt a thing, right? That depends on what it is and how much of it is given.

 

The following items should NEVER be given to cats, even in small quantities. 

 

Alcohol: Amounts as small as 1 Tbsp. can cause vomiting, diarrhea, severe liver and/or brain damage.

Chocolate: Even in small amounts, All chocolate, but dark chocolate and baking chocolate in particular can cause heart problems, muscle tremors and/or seizures. The offending ingredients are theobromine and caffeine. 

Caffeine: Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks and Energy Drinks: Small amounts can cause onset of rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, excessive thirst and urination and even death.

Dairy: While this may not cause irreparable damage, most cats are lactose intolerant and can suffer from vomiting and/or diarrhea after consuming dairy products such as milk or ice cream. Even an upset tummy isn’t that much fun, so offer kitty something else instead.

Grapes and Raisins: It is unknown what ingredient is the offender here, but grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in both cats and dogs.

Onions and Garlic: In larger quantities (a clove) both can cause digestive upset and/or anemia. This is also true of small amounts fed regularly over a long period of time: known as build up. 

Xylitol: This is a sweetener used in many products such as gums, sodas, mouthwash, toothpaste and others. It is unknown whether it is deadly to cats but within 30 minutes of exposure, dogs may become lethargic, vomit, and if not treated can even lead to death. It causes a sudden release of insulin which leads to low blood sugar.

Avocado: Small amounts of any part of the Avocado can cause vomiting and/or diarrhea.

Nuts: In particular Macadamia, Almonds, Pecans and Walnuts can cause vomiting, diarrhea and pancreatitis in small amounts. 

Marijuana: With the legalization of Cannabis, this is becoming a problem seen by more and more vets. Cats and dogs can be exposed through second hand smoke or ingestion. Symptoms include lethargy, loss of coordination, vomiting, diarrhea, more vocal than normal, a drop in body temperature, reparatory depression, and in severe cases, tremors, seizures and coma can result. The severity of the symptoms depend on the dose. In high enough doses, death can occur.  

Nicotene: Cigarettes, Cigars, Tobacco, Nicotene Gum/Patches and E-cigs: Ingesting even a small amount of nicotene can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and/or trouble breathing. Symptoms can occur within 15 minutes to several hours after exposure. A typical dose of 9.2 mg per kilogram of the animals body weight can be fatal.   

 

Raena sits stop the liberty cat tree

This world is full of bad things. I’s so glad mommy works hard to keep me safe.

 

 

 

     The list could go on and on, but we think these cover the ones most often available in the home. The message here is to keep these things out of kitty’s reach and don’t put it on the plate. Generally symptoms occur within an hour more or less of a toxic exposure. Some toxins act more quickly than others, so take precautions and be safe. We hope this follow up is helpful. And remember, if you think your anipal has been exposed to a toxin, Don’t Wait and See. Call your VET immediately. It’s also good to keep the Pet Poison Hotline number close by, 855-764-7661, a fee does apply with this number. References for this article were the ASPCA, Pet Poison Hotline website and our own VET as well as mommy’s many years of experience.

 

Dezi lays on scratcher yawning

Me can rest easy knowin’ mommy’s on the job to keep us toxic free.

 

 

 

Well, we’re gonna wrap it up fur now. Remember, you can check out/ketch up on any post in this series by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page in our menu above. We’d luv to hear your questions. Just leave them in the comments or send us an email via our Contact page. Mommy says the only stupid question is the one not asked. So, ifin your kitty is doin’ soemthin’ strange and you want to know why, just ask us. Or, ifin kitty is misbehavin’ and you want that to change, just let us know. ‘Member to be as specific as pawssible and give us any purrtinent examples of said behavior. We’ll update you all on our current situation Sunday. Fur now, we’ll just let you know, we do have a signed lease. We’re linkin’ up with Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday. Okay, we’ll see ya’ soon. 

 

Till the next time…………………………………………………….Be Blest!!!

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle     

Service Cats: Common Household And Party Toxins To Avoid

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. Sorry we missed you all last week, we were on overload and and couldn’t be here. Anyways, we’re back now and can’t wait to tackle our next topic/question. As always, you can ketch up on any post in this series by clickin’ on Training Tips and Everything Feline in our menu. And, don’t furget to leave your questions and topic suggestions in the comments below or send us a purrivate e-mail via our Contact page. Now, let’s get the business outta the way and get on with today’s posty.

 

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

 

 

Party Prep:

     With Independence day just around the corner here in the U.S., we thought we’d spend a little time reminding everyone about some safety issues for the furry members of your household. We get asked often what human foods are dangerous for us kitties. Everybody wants to have a good time, unfortunately, us anipals don’t always find human gatherings fun. If you’re planning a party or get together remember to plan ahead and set up a Decompression Room so that your favorite furry can get away from all the hustle and bustle of the festivities. If you’ll be setting off fireworks yourself, remember to keep them away from your pets. An animals hearing is much better than that of a humans’ so the sound of fireworks can be extrememly loud and frightning to us furries.

 

Raena sits posing in her tiger harness

 

 

 

Toxic Foods & Party Favors:

     Remind everyone not to feed your pets. Not everything fit for human consumption is good fur kitty/woofy. Here’s a list of some foods and other party items you want to avoid giving your anipals:

Alcohol of any kind, Marijuana, Tobacco and Nicotene Products, Candy (especially chocolate), Anything with Xylitol (sweeteners, gum, diet sodas, etc,), Coffee and other Caffeinated Beverages, Nuts, Grapes, Garlic and Garlic Powder, Onions and Onion Powder, Raisins, Avocados, Fruit Seeds, Yeast Dough, Citrus, Milk, Cooked Bones, Tofu, Moldy Foods and Mushrooms. Symptoms of poisoning can range from lethargy to kidney disease and/or death.

 

 

Tocix Meds:

     Parties can often be felt the next day as well. Here’s a list of some medications to avoid giving your anipals:

Tylenol or Acetaminophen, ADHD medications or Human Antidepressants unless prescribed by your V-E-T, Aspirin (for cats), Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Pseudoephedrine, Flea Meds with Permethrins (for cats), and Narcotic Pain Meds (unless prescribed by your V-E-T). Even tho’ some human meds are prescribed for us anipals, you should avoid giving us anything not prescribed by a licensed Veterinarian.

 

 

Household Toxins:

     Somebody’s always left with the after party clean up. Here’s a list of some household items and party favors you should keep away from your pets:

Antifreeze, Cleaners (especially those containing bleach), Glow Sticks and their luminescent liquid, Potpourri, Rat and Mouse Poisons, Streamers and Strings, Fireworks containing Gun Powder and Sparklers, Essential Oils and Candles.

 

Raena sniffs the pizzaMmmmmmm Pizza!!! I’s want a piece now!!!

 

Foods You & Fluffy/Fido Can Share:

     MeOW  That sure is a lot of no no’s, isn’t it? No worries, you don’t always have to say No. Kitties and woofies can have a few bites of Cheddar Cheese, Hamburger Patties (without the seasonings), Brisket and Ribs (without seasonings), small quantities of All Meat Weiners, Watermelon and/or Cantaloupe (without the rind and seeds), Plain Yogurt, Chicken (without the bones or seasonings) and Pumpkin (not Pumpkin Pie filling). Just remember to keep in mind the amount of special goodies kitty/woofy eats and adjust regular meals accordingly.

 

Dezi laying on floor

Did somepawdy say treats?

 

 

 

Some Things To Remember:

     If you’re grilling on a coal barbeque, remember to make sure all coals are out and cool before leaving it unattended. If your celebrations include a fire pit or bonfire, make sure the fire’s completely out before leaving it unattended. If you’re celebrating in the park or campgrounds, pick up after yourself and your anipals. Be considerate of others so the fun can continue. And always keep the number for Poison Control and your V-E-T on hand, just in case. You know what they say, “Better safe than sorry.” If you suspect that your anipal has been poisoned, don’t hesitate, call your V-E-T immediately. 

 

Dezi sits atop the Liberty Cat tree while Raena lays on the top ledge looking out the door

 

 

 

Well, there ya’ have it, some things to keep in mind for the coming celebrations. Father’s day is Sunday and there’s sure to be a few celebrations honoring dads everywhere. We celebrate our mommy, who has to be both fur us. Don’t furget to leave your questions or topic suggestions in the comments below or send us an e-mail. We luv hearin’ from you all. And, check out our previous topics by clickin’ on the Training Tips and Everything Feline links in our menu. We’re also joinin’ Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday. We hope you all have a safe and blest Summer.

 

Till the next time………………………………………………….Be Blest!!!

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle   

Service Cats: 6 Tips To Keep Kitty Stress Free While Going To the VET

Stop Kitty’s Peeing, Pooping & Throwing Up In The Car/Carrier:

MeOW Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. We’ve got a great topic fur ya’ today, so stay tuned. We’re runnin’ really late cuz mommy didn’t get everythin’ edited befur crashin’ last night and she had her regualr monthly doctor’s ‘pointment today. Anyways, fanks fur your patience. Furstly, we thought we needed to meow a minute ‘bout where our Tips, Tricks and Trainin’ Techniques come from. Mommy was asked this past week just where she got her ideas since she had such purrfect and well behaved kitties (we’re choosing to believe the question is genuine). Altho’ mommy thinks we’re purrfect in every way, we’re far from it. Mommy has dealt with most of the issues we write ‘bout purrsonally at one time or another. And, mommy spent years Trainin’ woofies, horses and kitties. She even Trained a pot bellied pig named Cameron. Mommy fostered bottle baby kittens who had to be taught how to be a cat. Mommy’s always had a bond with animals and still spends much of her time studying their behaviors, and tweaks her Tips as needed. And ifin she doesn’t know somethin’, she’ll research till she gets the answers. Altho’ mommy has experience with many animals, she has chosen at this time in her life to focus on kitties. We’re so fankful fur all our new and old furiends and followers and welcome any and all questions or topic suggestions you may have which can be left in the comments or by sendin’ us a purrivate email via our Contact page. Just ‘member to be as specific as pawssible when askin’ behavioral questions. As always, you can ketch up on any post you’ve missed in this series by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page from our menu. So, let’s get the “business” outta the way and get on with today’s topic.  

 

 

Raena sits posing in her tiger harness

 

 

 

The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Trainin’ Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal trainin’, cats in purrticular. And to offur insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards.

Dezi lays on counter at vet office

 

 

 

     We’ve been asked several questions about how to avoid Stress while transporting kitty to the VET. Some of you have kitties that throw up, poop or pee in their carriers every time they have to make that trip, and you want to know how to stop it. Since most of these kitties never go anywhere else, we’re going to focus on how to make this and other trips successfully. Let me tell you a little story about me’s self. For the first two years of me’s life, me would pee every time mommy took me to Ardmore or the VET. Because me did it at the same spot on our trips (7 miles from home), mommy says it would have been funny if it didn’t mean that me was so stressed and stink up the car so bad. However, me can now make that trip and even longer ones without emptying me’s bladder all over the place. So, how did mommy get me to stop? 

 

Dezi lays in wheelchair watching Raena inside the stroller

Step 1.

     First up, we recommend leaving the carrier/stroller out at all times. Put a towel, blanket, or a previously worn unwashed shirt in the carrier. This will allow kitty/doggy to get used to their transport and even find it comforting. Place the carrier in a quiet spot and give treats or extra loving when kitty/doggy enters or uses the carrier as a bed or hideaway. Place a favorite toy or a little catnip/silvervine in the carrier to entice kitty into using the carrier. Play interactive games that incorporate the carrier. You might also use one of the facial pheromone calming sprays to spray the inside of the carrier. Remember to refresh the scent often. In other words, make the carrier a fun place for kitty to hang out. 

 

Dezi looks over her shoulder while in the stroller outside

Check out the stroller’s tether (black strap) attached to harness.

 

 

 

Step 2. 

     As most of you know, we highly recommend harness training your kitty and tethering them into their carrier/stroller for safety. You can read our Harness Training Tips here. We also recommend withholding food before a trip especially one to the VET. However, you want to make all trips seem uniform, so all preparations should be the same whether you’re going around the block, to the pet store or the VET’s office.

 

Dezi and Lexi inside stroller in the front seat of the car.

 

 

 

Step 3.  

     Take kitty for a drive. It doesn’t have to be far, but you want kitty to get used to going out without ending up at the VET. Remember, you want the carrier to be a fun and comforting place. Speak softly and calmly to kitty while you’re out. Keep your emotions and thoughts in check. Always remember, animals feed off your energy. If you’re stressed and expecting the trip to go badly, kitty/doggy will pick up on that and most assuredly leave a little surprise for you in their carrier. Remember me’s first 2 years? Every time mommy saw the mile marker where me first peed, she would get nervous and start watching me to see if me was going to let loose and flood the car. MOL She had started carrying piddle pads and would put one in her lap underneath me. Me liked to lay in mommy’s lap while we drove down the highway. One day, mommy said enough and decided to Train me to hold it. 

 

 Raena models the new sling carrier

 

 

 

Step 4.  

     Mix things up. What this meant for me, was that mommy put me in a carrier for the last 10 miles of the trip. She chose a small carrier that didn’t allow me room to move around. This step is only temporary, so you don’t need to invest in an expensive carrier, just something small enough to keep kitty from moving around an leaving deposits behind. Kitties are very clean animals. The last thing we want to do is lay in our own pee or poop. If your problem is that kitty is leaving deposits in the carrier, you might want to hold kitty in your lap instead of the carrier. For the first couple of times, you might want to have a piddle pad at the ready. Remember to speak calmly to kitty. Make each outing longer and longer and expose kitty to new and different things. Carry a wand toy/feathers on a stick to help distract kitty from the things going on around them. Keep an eye out for signs that kitty is about the pee/poop/throw up and distract them with the wand toy or feathers on a stick. Obviously this step is much easier with two people, but one can do it in a pinch; after all, mommy has to do it by herself. If she can do it, anybody can. Make stops at the park, pet store or a drive through (ie: bank, fast food, etc.) and reward kitty with treats or extra loving during the trip and after you return home.  

 

Raena looking around at the vets

Step 5.      

     When the time comes for the trip to the VET, don’t let your stress affect kitty. Remember to always keep your own emotions in check. Keep positive thoughts and treat the trip as if it were any other trip kitty’s been on. Be sure to take along some treats or a favorite toy to distract kitty. Wand toys or feathers on a stick work great for this. You can even take a little bag of catnip for kitty to sniff is you have a nip fiend. Any time you see kitty showing signs of stress, wave the wand/feathers/bag of nip to get kitty’s attention. Praise kitty during the visit. No matter what happens at the VET or what kind of news or health updates you may get, keep your thoughts and voice positive until after you return home. Continue to keep an eye out for stress so you can redirect any unwanted behaviors like peeing/pooping/throwing up on the trip. 

 

 Sling Pet Carrier

Sling/over the shoulder pet carrier

 

 

 

Step 6.    

     Once you return home, remove kitty from carrier and give them treats or extra loving along with praise about how much fun the trip was. One thing we didn’t mention earlier, is that mommy likes to put a little nip or silvervine in our carrier/stroller before trips. It’s a ready made distraction that we can’t escape. Once kitty has made 2 trips without the offending behavior being present, you may return to kitty’s normal carrier. Altho’ the smaller carrier may not give kitty room to move around, kitty is okay. Kitties actually like tight spaces, they make us feel safe. We thought you might like to know a few of the things mommy has used as a “tiny” carrier over the years. Mommy has used her purse, an overnight bag, make up bag and shoebox. You might want to look into a sling carrier that would allow kitty to rest over your heart. This type of carrier can be extremely soothing to kitty as they are next to your heart and feeling the warmth of your body. It also encloses all but kitty’s head, so there’s less opportunity for kitty to move around and squat.

 

Dezi lays with arm hanging over edge of the liberty cat tree while Raena bathes on the shelf below her.

Well, we do hope this helps those of you dealing with this purrticular problem. Fankfully, me no longer pees in the car, carrier, stroller or mommy’s lap. Me actually looks forward to trips these days. And, me luvs the new sling carrier mommy got us almost as much as me luvs our new stroller. Ifin there’s somethin’ you feel we’ve left out, or you have further questions on this topic, purrlease say so in the comments below or by sendin’ us a purrivate email via our Contact page. And, as always, you can ketch up on any of the posts in this series by clickin’ Training Tips and Everything Feline from our menu bar above. Befur we go, we wanna link up with Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday. Join us next week fur another in depth look into the world of cats.

 

Till the next time…………………………………………….Be Blest!!!

 

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

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