Everything You Need To Know About Easter Lily Poisoning
Despite their magnificence, Easter lilies are a great health risk to your cat. Indeed, all parts of the sensitive white blossom that shows up on such a large number of Easter supper tables is dangerous to your cat. Only one bite of the petal, pollen, the stem, or even the leaves of an Easter lily can wreak havoc on your cats digestive system, if left unattended, can prompt kidney failure and demise. Keep in mind, Easter lilies are not the only kind of lilies that are poisonous to cats; rubrum lilies, tiger lilies, and a few types of day lilies are likewise life threatening to your cat friends.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs of possible poisoning regularly appear between 6-12 hours of exposure. Early signs comprises of lethargy, lack of appetite, vomit, and lack of hydration. Untreated, signs compound as intense kidney failure may develop, and signs observed with your cat of not urinating or urinating too regularly, intemperate thirst or not drinking water, and irritation of the pancreas might be a sign of lily poisoning. Uncommon signs may include tremors, confusion, drunk walking, and even seizures
With regards to treatment of lily poisoning in cats, time is of great importance. You should immediately look for emergency veterinary care. On the off chance that treatment is offered within 6 hours upon exposure, odds are that your cat will survive. However, following 18-24 hours upon exposure, the prognosis is not as assured, even for Kitty’s who get treatment.
Treatment involves emptying the gastrointestinal tract by making the affected cat vomit. This isn’t as much fun as it sounds. Veterinarians may likewise administer activated charcoal to neutralize the poisons. Intravenous liquid treatment is recommended for no less than 48 hours so as to treat or even prevent renal(kidney) failure. Your cat should be hospitalized and have his or her pee values and blood chemistry intently monitored to decide whether treatment has been successful .
The most ideal approach to protect your cat from lily poisoning is to ensure your it doesn’t have access Easter lily in the first place. The good news is, there are a lot of other wonderful Easter lilies that are nor poisonous to your cat, including Easter orchids, violets, Easter Cactus or daisies.
Different causes of cat poisoning.
There are other flowers that can be very unsafe to cats and kittens.
Arum(Zantedeschia aethiopica) or calla lilies and peace lilies (Spathiphyllum sp.) have crystals that are to a great degree irritating to your cats mouth and food tract, bringing about diarrhoea, vomiting, and drooling; but, they don’t influence the kidneys.
Valley lilies (Convalaria majalis) do harm to the heart, bringing about unpredictable heart pulse and low blood pressure, and can advance to seizures or unconsciousness.
Shouldn’t something be said about different sorts of lilies? Are they poisonous?
Various kinds of lilies like Peace and Peruvian lilies don’t bring about fatal kidney failure, yet they additionally can be somewhat toxic as well, as they contain oxalate crystals which causes irritation of the tissue in the mouth, tongue, throat, and pharynx – bringing about drooling. In the event that your cat is seen devouring any part of a lily plant, bring your it (and the plant) as soon as possible to a veterinarian for health care.
Have a very safe Easter!
Meow for now… Kristian
Moving to a New Home With Your Cat
Today on SoPurrfect we have a special guest blog by Evelyn Valdez, creator of PlaywithMeow! She has kindly shared her experiences of moving with cats and how to settle them into their new home. Have a read and let us know what you think in the comments. You should also head on over to her blog and check it out.
How to Move to a New House with Cats
If cats were allowed to choose, they would choose to stay where they are already happy and settled in. Generally, cats don’t always find it easy to adjust to new surroundings and are extremely stressed when they move into a new home. Their nervousness and anxiety caused by the move may make the cat act in an unusual manner such as trying to escape or hiding. Today we are going to look at some of the things that you can do to lessen your cat’s anxiety when relocating to a new house.
1. Preparing Your Cat for the Move Process
The first action is to allow your cat to become accustomed to his carrier. The best way to do this is to leave it sitting out in your living room with the door open. Place a comfortable bed in where your cat can relax. Leave treats inside the carrier so that he can find them by his own. Feeding the cat inside the carrier will also help him to get used to the carrier.
Put your relocating boxes a couple of weeks before you start packing. This will allow your cat to become accustomed to their existence. If you find your cat extremely nervous when you start parking, it is a wise idea to keep him in a closed silent room away from all the noise and activity.
Ensure that your cat’s normal routine is not altered. Ensure you feed him at the right time and play with him so that he does not feel neglected.
If you have a cat that is easily stressed, you can consult your vet regarding using anti-anxiety medication that makes a move a bit more comfortable.
2. During the move
Before the relocation van arrives, keep your cat in a calm room. A bedroom is a wise choice. Placing the cat in your bedroom ensures that he will be familiar with the furniture and the surrounding. In case your cat finds it hard adjusting to the new place, you can keep him in the bedroom where he will find familiar furniture. This will let relax and feel safe.
Ensure that the door and windows are shut and then place the cat carrier, cat bed, water bowl, food bowl and the cat litter tray.
Put a notice on the door so that the removal men and family members know that the door should remain closed.
Place the cat in the carrier and keep him in the car. Never keep him in the boot of the car or together with the furniture. Ensure he can see you or at least feel that you are with him. If it is a hot day, ensure that the car is well ventilated. Additionally, if you have to stop for a break, do not leave him in the car. You should also offer your cat food and drinks especially if you the journey is long.
3. After the move
When moving house with a cat, ensure that the new home is cat proof. This will make sure that he can’t escape. It is also crucial to ensure that there are no poisonous plants or pest control traps in the house.
Take the cat in a silent room where there is minimal or no disturbance. Set up his food bowl, water bowl, cat litter box, as well as comfortable bed. You can also leave some treats around the room to encourage him to explore. After setting the room, you can now release him from the carrier.
For the first few days, keep the cat restricted to this room. This will make it easier for him to be familiar with the new surroundings. It will also be easy for him to access food, water, and litter box. After a small number of days, you can leave another room open for him to explore.
Spend quality time together with your cat in his room doing low-key activities such as reading or watching the TV. When your cat begins to explore, give him attention, playtime, and treats.
Provide a second cat litter box so that the cat can access it in case he forgets his room. The second litter box should be kept in your preferable location. Once the cat has finally settled, you can remove the other litter box.
Although moving your cat into a new home may be one of the most stressing experiences for your cat, using the above tips will help him to have an easier time. Additionally, using the tips will allow your cat to settle calmly with minimal problems so that he can achieve the harmony of the new home more quickly.
Meow for now… Kristian & Evelyn
About our Author:
My name is Evelyn Valdez, creator of PlaywithMeow! I love all pets (especially cats) because they always make me happy and healthy. I want to connect with other pet lovers in the world to share experience in healthy and caring pets
7 Tips for Owning a Cat while Renting
Millions of people are renting while they establish their lives and save up for a place of their own. Millions of people also have pets. However, the two don’t always go hand in hand.
We’ve collated our top tips for helping you get your pet approved to living in a rental property with you.
This one seems obvious, but so many people don’t even ask. If you don’t ask you can never put forward your case for your pet. Don’t be discouraged and go to the extra effort to ask your landlord to consider a pet.
2. Put together a ‘cat resume’
When you ask your landlord, be prepared. Put together a little resume of your cat with some photos, their habits. Make sure you include your cat’s age, temperament, the fact that they’re up to date with vaccinations, that they’re microchipped, desexed, and so on. You may also want to include character references for your pet from a previous property manager, vet or anyone who can credibly speak to your pets behaviour and be contacted to confirm.
3. Keep thorough records!
Keep vaccination certificates, vet receipts and other pet paperwork, so you can easily produce them if required. You can also share these with your property manager regularly to give them peace of mind about your pets health and status. Making the effort will remind them you’re a caring renter and pet owner. A caring pet owner is much more likely to look after the pet’s environment and keep a clean and well cared for house.
4. Cat’s eye view.
When you are looking for your purrfect home, keep them in mind. Do they have enough space? If they are an outdoor cat – is this a safe neighbourhood with quiet streets? Is the backyard big enough? Luckily, cats can live in small spaces… but even they will need to have some of their own space to retreat to in times of stress.
5. Have a trial period.
It may be helpful to have a trial period of a couple of months. Your landlord and property manager can see how your pet is doing in the property and it can help them make a positive decision.
6. Get agreements in writing.
If you agree to pay a little more to have your pet, or you’re trialling it out for a short period, get the agreed terms in writing with your property manager. If there’s any confusion or disputes down the track, everyone can defer to those documents. You can draw up a separate Pet Agreement that outlines all terms and your responsibilities. There are plenty of templates available on the internet for you to use.
7. Agree to clean!
You can offer to removed all trace of your pet’s presence when you leave. While you’re already obligated to clean a property when you depart, it could help you get your pet over the threshold if you provide commitments to deep cleaning carpets, flea treatments and deodorising.
Check out our guide to apartment living with cats.
Meow for now… Kristian
Keeping Your Cat Cool in Summer
Whenever you bring a new pet at your home, you already have a picture of what life will be with them. Everyone wants to love their pets. They want to do everything to make their life easier and smooth. And having a furry friend cat in your life brings lot of happy moments. But, remember, that summer (particularly in Australia!) might hurt your small friend.
Mostly people bring cats for their companion, affection, and love. A hot summer day can make your cat suffer from dehydration, heatstroke and even shock. Nobody wants to see their cat in trouble. When it comes to humans they can sweat and feel relaxed but your cat can’t sweat and they struggle to feel comfortable.
So, how do you cool your cat down? There are many methods to cool your cat at your home.
Make sure you give them lots of fresh water containers. You can even give them some frozen ice treats using tuna, or other cat healthy snack. Just fill a container with water, add some treats and pop it in the freezer. They will get a lot of joy out of licking and nibbling the frozen ice block to get to the treat!
Cats can get sunburnt just like humans. Make sure you keep their sun baking time to morning or late afternoon and avoid the hot sun between 12-3pm (just like you would!). If they have an exposed nose you can even buy some animal friendly zinc. Keep them indoors on hot days, or make sure they have a shady shelter they can escape to if they are an outdoor cat.
If you have a cat with extra-long fur make sure you brush them regularly to help them get rid of any extra fur. This will minimise hairballs, but also help keep them cool. Some people even like to shave their cats in summer.
If you have fans or air conditioning at home you may use this to keep yourself cool, but it will have an added bonus of cooling your cat down as well.
Playing games is important for cats mental health, but on the really hot days you may find they don’t like to play as much. Games that may be good in the heat involve chasing ice cubes on the floor.
Bathrooms and kitchens are often favourite places on a hot day because the tiles are much cooler for your cat than other spaces. This is okay. Let them rest in these rooms as it may be very beneficial to them.
Never, ever leave your pet alone in a car. Even on a mildly hot day car temperatures rise quickly and your cat could die. Even if it is only for a “few minutes” while you run to the store it can be very unsafe and have deadly consequences.
Any other tricks?
Meow for now… Kristian
Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Your Pregnant Cat
Whether you’re an owner of a queen, in other words, a feline that’s pregnant, or you decided to adopt a stray cat that’s been confirmed pregnant, you have to learn about feline pregnancy and find out the proper ways of caring for cats that have babies in their wombs. Pregnancy in cats is something that has to be given special attention and care. The following are vital pregnant cat care information and reminders which you have to follow:
See a doctor.
First and foremost, you should head to the veterinary clinic and let the vet take a look at your cat. He or she should do some tests to find out about whether your queen has health problems or none, and also so your pet can be given correct treatment. One of the goals, after all, is for the cat to have a healthy feline pregnancy, not only for its safety, but also for the future kittens’ safety. Part of caring for cats that will become mothers soon is to have them checked up regularly by the vet e.g. once, twice, or more a month.
Food, food, food.
Pregnancy in cats also means that owners should make certain that their queens are given good nutrition and enough fresh water everyday. If you’re feeding good quality cat food to your pet, continue doing that, but, during the last 3 up to 4 weeks of pregnancy, one of the pregnant cat care tips you have to utilize is to add in some good quality kitten food to her diet, in order to let her gain access to more minerals, vitamins, and nutrients, that both she and her babies need. If you’re not sure whether the food on hand that you have is of healthy quality or not, ask the vet for advice on the best brand or variety to feed your queen.
For a healthy and safe feline pregnancy, another advice on caring for cats that are pregnant is to ensure that your cat has enough calcium. In other words, let it have a calcium supplement everyday, as that can prevent eclampsia, and can make her and her future babies healthy. Again, ask the vet about a good calcium supplement for pregnant felines.
The moment of pregnancy in cats also requires a litter box that’s regularly cleaned e.g. everyday, as litter boxes that are left soiled or dirty can result to infections in your cat, which, can also affect the babies in her womb. You should also ensure that her sleeping place is cozy and comfortable e.g. let her lie on some blankets or even a towel – this can also serve as the place where she’ll give birth.
Unlike your kittens and grown up cats, pregnant cats need lots of care and attention with regards to food, resting place, vitamins, medication and other needs. As pet owner, it is your responsibility to ensure her welfare and health during this stage. Be sure to make her feel comfortable to reduce the stress level in her body. Keep in mind that cats are pregnant at about 63 or 65 days, thus in that short period of time, lots of changes occur inside her womb. In this span of time, you should be vigilant and overly observant to ensure her safety all the time.
Moreover, make sure to bring her to the veterinarian to have her health check and assessed. Most often, vets give additional vitamin supplements for added nutrients needed to sustain the unborn kittens inside her body. At this stage, she will have to eat not only one meal, but you should give her larger portions of food at about three or more times a day. Do not forget to ask the veterinarian as to how long you are required to give her additional vitamins and minerals in her meals. Like human beings, you should give her added calcium needed in the development of unborn kitten’s bones.
Be sure to keep the pregnant cat away from stressful situations and danger in the later stage of pregnancy to avoid premature birth and bleeding. Moreover, it is in this stage of pregnancy that you need to give extra love and attention to calm her and to prepare her for motherhood.
During the delivery, be vigilant and watch for any signs of discomfort, pain or bleeding, otherwise, bring her to the veterinarian immediately. At this stage, she needs to undergo a cesarian birth not only to save your cat and kittens inside her womb a well.
These are some of the pregnancy cat care pointers every cat owner should become aware of and apply specifically when they have confirmed that their cats are ‘soon to be moms’.
Have you had the joy of a pregnant cat?
Meow for now… Kristian
Cat First Aid Kit – What You Need to Know
It’s a logical precaution to have a first aid kit in your home for your own safety and that of your family. But has it ever occurred to you that your pets also require a first aid kit. What would you do if your beloved cat suffered some injury or fell sick suddenly?
The vet is a couple of blocks away, not to mention you might need some appointment. While it feels right to empathise with your cat, it’s just not enough. Don’t even get there; the family first aid kit is not equipped to handle an injured or sick cat. Your needs and those of your cat are wide apart.
Just like humans, cats are prone to injuries and sudden attacks and, therefore, should have a special first aid kit. While minor cuts and gashes are fairly easy to handle, some sudden attacks like poisoning can prove tricky. So where does your cat spend most of the time, indoor or outdoor?
While an outdoor can is more susceptible to injuries and illnesses, accidents do happen and when they do they don’t choose whether the cat was indoors or playing in the backyard. If such an eventuality was to happen, it’s important you knows what to do.
Obviously providing first aid to your cat is critical. So, cat first aid kit – what you need: For starters, do you have one and if you do, exactly where is it stored and what are its contents? Administering first aid would not only provide the necessary comfort but can also save the cat’s life.To start with, you not only need to stay calm but also, you will need to calm your cat or further injury may happen. Injured or sick cats could be frightened, nervous, or feel threatened and, therefore, would try to defend themselves.
In such instances, they can without warning claw or bite you with disastrous consequences. If the cat proves to be a menace, you can restrain it by gently wrapping them in a blanket. If you can’t calm the cat down, seek some help. In the meantime, you can call any listed vet emergency number including your regular vet and explain your predicament.
Ordinarily, a pet’s kit should contain sterile gauze pads, antiseptic cleanser bandages, surgical scissors, clean tweezers, emergency ice pack and a rectal thermometer. Other items are hydrogen peroxide, cotton balls, ointment, eye droppers and eyewash solution.
You might not be a qualified vet, but getting acquainted with the “First Aid Book” would equip with the basic first aid skills. You don’t need to go through it as you are studying for some exams, but a quick perusal would help a great deal.
If your cat has suffered some minor cut, clip the hair around the wound edges, wash any dirt on the edges of the wound and then clean the cut using antiseptic cleaner. Depending on the size of the cut and the severity of the injury you gently wrap a thin bandage twice around the cut or wound.
In the event that you cat has suffered some extensive injury, secure them and gently place them in their carrier or bed, ready for a vet visitation, or wait for one. For serious cases, don’t fumble around and no guess work, do whatever it takes to see your vet immediately.
Meow for now… Kristian