Eating turkey or the skin sometimes even a small amount can cause a life-threatening condition in pets known as pancreatitis. Foods that are healthy for people are poisonous to pets. Keep away from fatty foods that are hard for animals to digest including onions, raisins, and grapes. Buy Thanksgiving treats for pets. Chocolate can be harmful to pets. The artificial sweetener xylitol can be deadly if consumed by a dog or cat. Yeast dough causes problems for pets, painful gas, and potentially dangerous bloating.
Keep the trash away from your pets behind a locked door.
Keep decorative plants away some flowers can be toxic to pets.
If you believe your pet has eaten something it shouldn't have call your vet or the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline at 888-426-4435 or Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661. Signs to look for vomiting, diarrhea, pain, depression, and changes in behavior.
Cats need to scratch, they have a natural instinct to claw at things. Cats scratch for decompression, to clean dead skin from their nail beds, to mark their territory, and to communicate. Not a issue behavioral. Cats don't learn from physical punishment but will learn through strategic behavior redirection. The way cats announce themselves or leave messages when cats walk into a room is by scratching on surfaces along the way. This allows them to leave messages. If your cat is scratching your stuff because they don't have enough scratch pads available to them. Try a few different kinds of scratchers like cardboard, sisal, wood, and cork around your home. Domestic cats need variety in texture. Cats can get bored with the same things. Try to rewrap the post with fresh rope and sprinkle on some silvervine.
Cats are very intelligent your cat will be able to recognize the hand holding the bottle as a source of discomfort. This will create fear between you and your cat, it will not teach your cat anything. Do not shout or use a spray bottle as a punishment remember scratching is very natural to cats.
Homemade vertical scratcher post wrapped in a carpet.
Homemade scratching post
Large cardboard box
Duct or masking tape
Box cutter and straight-edge
Cut the cardboard box into 4” strips. Roll a strip. Roll a strip of cardboard up very tightly. When you get to the end of it duct tape it to another strip of cardboard. Continue doing this, rolling and taping until your scratching pad measures at least 16” across. Sprinkle the top of the pad with dried catnip. When the cardboard wears out, flip it over for a whole new scratching pad.
Heartworm is a very serious condition in cats. The first sign is when the cat suffers a sudden and fatal collapse. Just one adult heartworm can be deadly if a cat experiences an allergic reaction. Indoor cats can be affected by the heartworm disease. Usually, cats survive the heartworm disease. Symptoms can range from a slight cough, vomiting, sluggishness, or difficulty breathing, to sudden death. Unfortunately, that is a problem with living in southwest Florida. You can prevent this potentially deadly disease by talking to your cat to the veterinarian and placing your cat on a heart-worm preventative once a month for 12 months.
Be sure to check the expiration dates. The food doesn't go bad the day after expiration. You don't want to buy so much food at one time. Buy a new bag of food every four to six weeks. Place the bag directly into the pet food container the bag is designed to help keep the food fresh. Also, roll the bag tightly and put a bag clip on it. Store in a cool and dry location. The same applies to treats.
Always keep the original bag in the event the food gets recalled.
Throw away any foods that appear spoiled or contaminated. Throw away any bulging cans or foods that look or smell. Pick up any uneaten portions of wet food after four hours. Dry food shouldn't be out in the bowl for more than 24 hours.
Wash bowls once a week.
Make plans ahead of time for your pet.
If you must evacuate your pet should go with you.
Keep your pet inside during a hurricane.
Have a picture of your pet with you at all times.
Collar with up-to-date tags.
Microchip your pet in the event it gets lost.
Have two weeks' worth of pet food in a sealed container, bring canned food and a can opener, bottled water, and bowls.
Bring a carrier with your pet's name, breed, sex, age current address.
Bring more the one leash.
Bring pee pads.
Bring two weeks' of medication in a plastic container, including heartworm and flea/tick preventatives.
Bring pets bedding, toys, and treats.
Bring a pet first aid kit in case your pet gets injured. Include styptic powder to stop bleeding. Tweezers, small blunt-end scissors, medical adhesive, tape gauze antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, a digital thermometer, an oral syringe, clean cloths, disposable gloves, and a muzzle.
Bring vaccination records and medical documents of your pet.
Fear is the number one cause of feline aggression understanding that and responding appropriately will help the cat. Cats are both predators and prey, and people are often perceived as the predator.
It's important to understand and learn how to read body language and approach the cat on his own terms. Do not attempt to touch or approach them. Cats often calm down after a couple of hours of the incident always be cautious. Aggression is a consequence of an emotional state.
Cats use different body postures to communicate their emotions. When observing your cat, try to get an idea of its usual attitude when alone and in contact with other animals, including people. As cats become more anxious about their surroundings, they will try to avoid contact with threats. They may change very quickly depending on the seriousness of the threat. Cat body language chart.
Ingredients that are toxic to pets include ammonia, bleach, chlorine, formaldehyde, and isopropyl alcohol. However, the level of toxicity and degree of illness can vary significantly based on the concentration, how much the pet is exposed to, and the route of exposure (ingested, inhaled, contact).
Common clinical signs of cleaning product toxicity in pets when inhaled include:
Sneezing, Coughing, Watery eyes, Trouble breathing, Increased rate of breathing, Open-mouth breathing (in cats), and Bluish-colored gums.
Common clinical signs of cleaning product toxicity in pets when contact with the skin occurs are redness and irritation, Sores or blisters, Rash, and Chemical burns.
Common clinical signs of cleaning product toxicity in pets when contact with the skin occurs are redness and irritation, Sores or blisters, Rash, and Chemical burns. Other products that may contain ammonia: are furniture polish, toilet bowl cleaner, oven cleaner, and stainless-steel cleaner.
Bleach and chlorine are chemically identical. The difference is their concentration: Bleach is more likely to have a 3%–6% concentration, whereas pool chlorine can be a 10%–12% concentration. The toxic ingredient most commonly appears on product labels as sodium hypochlorite.
Phenol may appear on a product label under many names, including butylated hydroxytoluene, benzenol, carbolic acid, phenolic acid, Bakelite, and alkylphenols.
If your pet was exposed to a cleaning product, this may be a medical emergency. Act quickly to determine if they need to be seen at the emergency room.
When possible, switching to pet-safe cleaning products reduces the risk of exposure to toxic chemicals.
Locate the product label and contact your veterinarian or one of the animal poison control centers (Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661 or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435).
There are many other underlying reasons that cats may ingest cat litter. With pica, it is important to investigate whether there is an underlying medical issue causing the behavior. Some cats ingest the litter when playing, That can become a problem if it is impacted in their gastrointestinal tract. Food-based products such as corn cobs, husks, walnut shells, wheat, or grass can be enticing to cats of their scent. Some cat litter is toxic, especially if ingested in large amounts or ingested chronically over long periods of time.
The best way to identify an individual cat's set of toileting preferences is to offer a variety of litter choices and large box styles.
Most cats like using the large litter box. It is best to purchase large plastic storage boxes to use as a litter box.
Feeding dog or human food to cats and kittens can lead the cats to search out other things to fill their stomach including cat litter. It is very important to have your cat or kittens eat appropriate well-balanced cat food.
Microchipping is great for pet safety. If the pet goes missing it becomes strenuous for people to find the lost pet. If you find a lost pet take it to a vet office or animal shelter and have them scan the microchip.
The microchip is inserted beneath the shoulder blade of your pet with a simple injection. The procedure does not stress or hurt the dog. After the procedure is done be sure to enroll your pet's ID code with your contact information then a scanner is used to be sure that the microchip is working so the dog can be identified.
The mental stimulation from cat enrichment activities encouraging play and creativity can help improve your cat’s behavior while strengthening your relationship with your cat. If the cat meows a lot or bites that might mean that the cat is bored. Reduce this type of stressful behavior by teaching your cat “high five,” which taps into a cat’s natural pawing behavior it's an easy trick keep following up with a small treat each time the cat does the trick, and be very repetitious.
Cutting small holes in an empty paper towel roll, filling it with treats, and then folding the ends over. You can adjust the difficulty of the feeder by varying the number or sizes of the holes.
Exploration of scent is a simple way to provide daily enrichment. like swapping cat toys with a friend. Daily exposure to a towel scented by one of your other pets each night. safe access to the outdoors is essential for cat well-being. Screened window perch where your cat can watch and smell.
Cat scratching is an important part of cat enrichment. Cats naturally scratch to scent mark cats also prefer to be high up, in cat trees or a cat condo.
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