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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     

Natural & Easy Defense Flea Tag #ChewyInfluencer

Hey everypawdy, guess who? Yep, it’s me, RaenaBelle here on a Fursday. We have so much to meow ‘bout, mommy said we had to write an extra posty today. As most of ya’ know, we shop fur most of our kitty supplies at Chewy.com. Ya’ know, the purrices are good, the selection is varied and the customer service is tops. So, when Petsmart bought them, we kind’a waited with baited breath to see what was gonna happen. Quite furankly, we sort of ‘spected the worse. 

 

Dezi lays atop the liberty cat tree while Raena scratches her neck on the ledge below

 

 

 

          RaenaBelle!!! Befur we had a catputer, we had really wished a Petsmart would open up ‘round here. So meowin’ we ‘spected the worse isn’t very nice or accurate.  

 

I’s just meant that we ‘spected purrices to go up and customer service to go down. You know, when big companies swallow up the little ones, those things are always affected. Anyways, to our surpurrise, things kind’a remained the same…least fur a while. Recently, Chewy has begun carryin’ some purroducts by Only Natural Pet, another online pet company purrchased by Petsmart. So, to innerduce peeps to these purroducts, we were asked ifin there was an Only Natural Pet purroduct we would like to try.

 

          Yep Raena, and mommy had been eyein’ one of their natural purroducts fur some time. As most peeps know, mommy luvs usin’ more natural purroducts on us. She purrticularly hates to use poison on us to treat/purrvent fleas and ticks. She treats the yard ‘round our ‘pawrtment each season, and also sprays ‘round windows, doors and any openings that fleas could use to get into our house. 

 

Only Natural Pet Easy Defense Flea Tag

 

 

 

That’s true sissy. But, bein’ Service Cats, means that at some point, we’re gonna be goin’ outside somewhere that mommy can’t treat. Flea treatments have come a long way over the years, and Only Natural Pet had developed a tag that’s worn on the collar to purrvent fleas, ticks and mosquitoes fur up to 1 year. Yep, it’s a tag and not the collar itself. You know, kind’a like the rabies tag or name tag some cats and woofies wear. So, mommy said we’d luvs to take that there tag fur a spin. We only received 1 tag, so mommy decided to let me try it out. I’s young and luvs to go anywhere and everywhere, so mommy figgered I’s needed more purrtectin’ than sissy. Let’s see what Chewy has to say ‘bout the Easy Defense Flea, Tick and Mosquito Dog and Cat Collar Tag: 

 

Description

Protect your precious pup from fleas, ticks and mosquitoes the safe and effective way with the Only Natural Pet EasyDefense Flea & Tick Tag. Using the power of silicon dioxide particles, these unique tags are coded with frequencies that are safe for your pet, but irritating to biting insects—making for an effective, chemical-free flea and tick repellant. Once the tag is placed on your pet’s collar, programmed frequencies will harmonize with your pet’s own biological frequency, repelling those pests without bothering your furry friend. To humans and pups, this tag is harmless, but the vibration makes one thing clear to fleas and ticks: they aren’t welcome on the back of your furry friend. Keep them safe the natural way, with Only Natural Pets.

Key Benefits

  • Contains silicon dioxide particles that are encoded with frequencies that are safe for your pet, but grating to fleas and ticks, making for an effective, chemical-free flea and tick repellent.
  • Causes no harm to your pet—once the tag is hooked onto your pet’s collar, encrypted frequencies will synchronize with your pet’s unique biological frequency, deterring fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other biting insects without bothering your pet.
  • Simply clip this flea and tick tag to your dog or cat’s collar and, in three weeks, you will have powerful, safe and effective flea and tick control that lasts up to a full year.
  • The tag uses quantum mechanics, and does not use electricity, chemicals, magnetics, or radioactivity.
  • Based on over 15 years of targeted research in collaboration with doctors and scientists, these European-designed tags are completely safe for dogs, cats and humans.

Precautions

The EasyDefense Tag is designed for flea prevention, not eliminating infestations. If your pet is already infested by fleas, their environment is also infested, and the tag on its own will not be enough to mitigate the infestation. To eliminate existing flea infestations, we strongly recommend complementing the tag with other natural flea removal products.

Only Natural Pet Easy Defense Flea Tag

 

 

 

When mommy furst opened the package, she noticed the tag was covered in a powder of some kind. It kind’a got everywhere. But mommy purrceeded to attach it to the stretchy collar she has fur us and chased me down to put it on. Yep kitties, it smelled funny, I’s wasn’t none to thrilled to wear it. Once the powder flakes off, the smell goes away too. The directions are purretty clear, one tag purr pet and it needs to be worn most if not all the time in order to synchronize and be effective. 

 

Instructions

Simply attach the EasyDefense Tag to your pet’s collar using the ring provided, positioning it on top of other tags, farthest away from your pet.

The EasyDefense Tag will become fully effective within a few weeks. If you remove your pet’s collar at night, place it in or close to their bed. Since the tag utilizes your pet’s energy to create a natural barrier to pests, it should stay on or around your pet at all times.

It will usually begin working within a few days, but may take up to a few weeks depending on your pet’s health and the severity of pests in the environment. The EasyDefense Tag will also last up to 12 months.

The tag is waterproof and sturdy, but if it is severely damaged we recommend that you replace it. For the first 4 weeks remove the tag during baths and long swims, but after that period it is fine to leave on in the water.

For optimum effectiveness, please rinse the tag every month or so to remove dirt and debris.

The tag can only be used on one pet at a time because it synchronizes with the pet’s unique energy. Each pet in the household will require its own tag.

Keep the tag away from strong electric and magnetic fields, as these will disturb its effectiveness. If your pet has a microchip, it will not harm its effectiveness. 

 

 

 

I’s wasn’t thrilled havin’ it on. I’s scratched and shook mine’s head and faux sneezed a few times. That’s purrobably mommy’s fault. Our rabies tag is attached to our harnesses, so we don’t actually wear those all the time. As fur collars, those are also somethin’ we don’t normally wear all the time. So, now not only did I’s have on a collar, but I’s had a dangle at the end. The furst hurdle I’s had was at dinner time. The tag kept hittin’ mine’s china dinner plate and gettin’ into mine’s food. That was just never gonna do. So, mommy took the collar off so I’s could eat dinner and then put it back on. Later, when we went to bed, I’s couldn’t settle down to sleep, so again, mommy removed mine’s collar. Since I’s sleep in the bed with her, the tag went on the table beside the bed. Hmmmmm I’s hope it didn’t synchronize to mommy. MOL 

 

Raena looks down with her collar on with the Easy defense fea tag

 

 

 

Furinally, much to mine’s chagrin, mommy decided we had to let me keep the tag on long enuff to ‘synchronize’ so that we could at least test it. I’s furinally quit scratchin’ at it and we only took it off durin’ meals and at night. Honestly, it’s kind’a hard to meow whether it truly works or not, since we don’t normally have a purroblem with fleas and ticks. However, we really like the idea behind it. It took some gettin’ used too, but I’s would give it 2 paws up. Anytime I’s don’t have to get doused with nasty smellin’ poisonous chemicals, is a good time and reason to celebrate. The tag costs $56.98 which seems like a lot, but considerin’ it works fur 12 months, that means it only costs $4.75 a month. That’s actually purretty cheap considerin’. The leadin’ treatments run $50.00 to $60.00 fur 3 to 6 months supply, so it’s at least half the cost fur up to twice as long. Mommy says she’d give it a thumb up. She luvs the natural non toxic option to purrvent a real purroblem.

 

Only Natural Pet Easy Defense Flea Tag

 

 

 

As the instructions say, ifin you already have an infestation, you’re gonna need to treat it with another method furst. The Easy Defense Flea, Tick and Mosquito Tag is a purrventative not a treatment. We don’t know how the “synchronizing” works, but because of it, each tag can only be used for 1 animal. It is not interchangeable and must be worn regularly to be effective.

 

 

Disclaimer: We received the Easy Defense Flea, Tick and Mosquito Tag in exchange for our honest opinion. As always, we tell it like we see it. And, we only bring you products, we use or have tried and believe would be of interest to you, our readers and friends.

 

          Me’s not sure me would have wanted to try it out Raena. Me thought it was annoyin’ when it kept dingin’ your dinner plate. But, ifin it means no stinky poisons down our backs, me’s all in. As always, you can save a few extra bucks at Chewy by settin’ up an auto ship. That’ll also help ya’ to never run outta your pets favorite noms or treats or whatever. And right now, you can save an additional 25% off your order of the Easy Defense Flea, Tick, and mosquito dog and cat tag.

 

Dezi and Raena lay together on the floor

 

 

 

Well sissy, ya’ wanna go play? 

 

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

 

Raena: Navy Blue 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee 

Chatting Cats: Raena’s Non Negotiable And A Q & A

Hey everypawdy, it’s me, RaenaBelle. I’s gotta tell ya’, I’s don’t like it when mommy’s stressed out. Do you know she passed out last night while we were in the middle of typin’ a comment to one of our furiends? Ifin that wasn’t bad enuff, no sooner did she come too, then she fell asleep right there in the sittin’ chair. Yep, mouth open, droolin’, snorin’ and all. She’s s’posed to come to the bed so we can give her a massage and snuggle up next to her. There’s not much room fur snugglin’ in the sittin’ chair. I’s don’t like it, I’s tell ya’, I’s just don’t. 

 

Dezi lays on the arm of the chair, Selfie

 

 

 

          Raena, me’s not sure mommy was actually droolin’, me’s purretty sure that was me. 

 

Really sissy? Why would you be droolin’? It makes everythin’ all slobbery and wet. The sittin’ chair’s already got limited space and now you go and slobber all over it. Anyways…I’s just want things to get back to normal ‘round here. I’s need mine’s cuddle time with mommy, it’s a non-negotiable. She purromissed when she saved me that we’d always cuddle and I’s don’t want that to change. 

 

          Non-Negotiable Raena? Where’d you come up with that one? 

 

Raena sleeps on the bed beside mommy A

 

 

 

From the teevee sissy. The show we watched the other day was askin’ peeps what non-negotiables they had fur their pawrtners. Mommy said that it meant what things they had to have or wouldn’t put up with. So, cuddlin’ is mine’s non-negotiable. 

 

 

          Well Raena, it also means that ifin you don’t get your non-negotiable, you won’t be stayin’ in that relationship. Are you ready to pack up and move out? 

 

Leave mommy? ‘Course not!!! I’s would never leave mommy, and she purromissed she’d never leave me.

 

Dezi lays on cat tree with mouth open and eyes shut

 

 

 

          Well then, it’s not really a non-negotiable Raena. Maybe befur you go throwin’ ‘round human phrases, you need to know ‘zactly what they mean. Better yet, maybe you should quit watchin’ so much teevee. You’re startin’ to sound like those latch key kids that spend all their time in front of the boob tube or playin’ catputer games ‘stead of enjoyin’ life and the company of others. Ya’ know, we’ve got great nature teevee right out the front door you could watch. 

 

That’s just a bunch of re-runs sissy. The same ole peeps doin’ the same ole things every day. It’s done gone and got too hot fur the birdies to do much other than hang out on the tree branches in the shade. I’s not seen one bunny in like, furever. No ducks or geese, Y, even the woofies are stayin’ inside, so what’s so great ‘bout nature teevee these days? 

 

Dezi sits on the liberty cat tree while Raena sits on the small perch looking out the door

 

 

 

          Well Raena, all me knows is that all that nonsense on human teevee isn’t good fur us kitties. Anyways, our furiend CK purrposed some innerview questions fur us the other day, so why don’t we take a minute and answer ‘em? 

 

Okay sissy, that sounds like fun.

 

     1. When did something start out badly for you, but in the end it was great?

          Well, me thinks me can answer fur both of us on this one, Raena. Neither of us had a very good start in life. But since we met mommy, it couldn’t get any better.

 

Dezi and Raena eat Primal Freeze dried Cat food

 

 

 

     2. What weird food combinations do you enjoy?

I’s can meow fur both of us on this one sissy. We don’t really eat combo foods. We like rabbit bestest. 

 

     3. What food have you never eaten but would like to try? 

     Me’s got this one Raena. Filet Mignon. Sis Lexi used to meow ‘bout it all the time. She said mommy brought some home once when she had a date and it just melted in her mouth. 

 

A date, sissy? Our mommy went on a date? 

 

          Another time Raena. Let’s get back to the questions. 

 

Dezi eating Bonito flakes

 

 

 

     4. What food is delicious, but a pain to eat? 

Mine’s turn sissy. I’s gotta say those bonito flakes take some getting’ used too. 

 

     5. What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever broken?

          Me will answer, Raena. After all, you’re the one who broke our furst stroller. 

 

Raena sits pretty on the Liberty cat tree

I’s purrfection purrsonified. MOL

 

 

 

     6. What would a world populated by clones of you be like? 

Hmmmpht Mommy said your big hiney had already broken it sissy. Anyways, a world full of clones of me? I’s an original and there could never be a copy equal to mine’s purrfection. 

 

     7. What smartfone feature would you be excited for a company to implement? 

          Who’s the laff a minute now Raena? Since we can’t actually use a smartfone we’d like to see a way fur kitties to actually get into ‘em. We could take compurrmisin’ fotos of mommy then. Me bets we’d get lots of treats in exchange fur not postin’ ’em. MOL 

 

     8. What’s something people don’t worry about but should?

I’s don’t care anythin’ ‘bout the smartfone sissy. As fur what humans should worry ‘bout, who knows? I’s just a kitty and mommy says kitties shouldn’t worry ‘bout human stuffs.  

 

     9. What was cool when you were young, but isn’t cool now? 

          Y, everythin’ ‘bout me will always be cool. Raena on the other paw…

 

     10. If magic was real, what spell would you cast first?

We don’t purrticipate in spells and such. Bein’ Christians, we don’t believe in deception. 

 

Dezi laying in mommy's lap and Raena standing on edge of chair looking up

 

 

 

     11. What’s the most comfortable bed or chair you’ve ever been in?

          Me can answer this one fur both of us too, Raena. That’s so easy, mommy’s lap. Mommy’s lap is the most coveted seat in the house. 

 

Raena lays in mommy's lap getting love

 

 

 

It sure is sissy. I’s think I’s gonna head there now. Fanky fanks fur the questions CK, we always luv learnin’ more ‘bout our furiends. Ifin you wanna purrticipate, just link back to CK’s bloggy. These kinds of things are always so much fun when lots of bloggers get in on the action.

 

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

 

Raena: Navy Blue  

Dezi: Vibrant Blue

 

 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee

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