Permethrin and pyrethrum are insecticides that help control parasites, such as fleas and ticks. Sadly, there have been many instances of permethrin poisoning in cats, often by cat owners who have unintentionally poisoned their cat by applying their dog’s spot-on flea treatment. Unlike dogs, cats lack the enzyme needed to detox products containing permethrin or pyrethrum. … [Read more...] about Permethrin Poisoning in Cats: What You Need to Know
How much thought do you spare for the safe storage and use of pet medicines? You wouldn’t be the first person to leave the childproof lid off your cat’s meds and keep the open bottle on the countertop. But this invites problems on so many levels. There are veterinary poison advice lines and these are a first point of contact when a pet has been poisoned. They also keep … [Read more...] about Pet Medicine Safety: Storage and Disposal
It is a rare cat that scavenges and eats something she shouldn’t, so poisoning isn’t necessarily a problem at the forefront of a cat guardian’s mind. However, cats are still at very real risk of toxicity, even in the safety of their own home. At the root of the issue is the cats’ inability to break down many common drugs, plus their fastidious grooming habits place them … [Read more...] about Poisoning in Cats: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Medical emergencies happen at random when we least expect them. Our previous cats lived an indoor/outdoor life and as a result were exposed to greater dangers and accidents. Angel Rose came home one evening with a broken leg, Angel Bowie was run over by a car on our steep downhill driveway, Angel Ginger went fishing by the creek and came back with a fish hook lodged firmly in … [Read more...] about Be Prepared for a Pet Medical Emergency
Accidents happen. Whilst no one thinks it will happen to their pet, the wise owner plans for the unexpected. The aim of pet first aid is to stabilise your pet before taking her to a vet. In a true emergency your actions could save a life, but there’s also a risk (especially with cats) of doing more harm than good. Indeed, the first rule of first aid is to recognise … [Read more...] about Pet First Aid Tips: What to Do in an Emergency
It’s ironic that indoor cats are so strongly favoured on safety grounds, whilst the dangers lurking within the home are often overlooked. It’s true there are no motor vehicles or venomous snakes inside, but this doesn’t mean living indoors is risk free. To raise awareness of household hazards and ensure your home is as feline friendly as possible, here are 10 common … [Read more...] about 10 Common Household Poisons Dangerous to Your Cat
Natural disaster or Act of God, call them what you want, but some events are beyond the control of man. Be it earthquake, hurricane, flood, severe storm, or bushfire -- occasionally the elements threaten our homes and the lives of those we hold dear. Keeping everyone safe is of paramount importance, which may mean securing the house or even evacuating your property. But in … [Read more...] about Are You and Your Cats Prepared for a Natural Disaster?
As a loving pet parent, you probably want to show your cat all the love and affection you can, but how safe is it to kiss your cat? And should you kiss your cat on the mouth? Many people, in particular those who aren’t owned by a cat themselves, are repulsed by the thought of a human kissing their cat, “he licks his bum with that mouth!”, but to you it’s just … [Read more...] about Is it Safe to Kiss Your Cat?
If you enjoy decorating your home with festive plants or giving plants as holiday gifts, please keep in mind that many Christmas plants are toxic to cats. Let's look at Christmas plants that are poisonous to cats, signs of toxicity, and what to do if your cats ingests a poisonous plant. Mistletoe – a potentially deadly plant Mistletoe may look pretty with its leaves and … [Read more...] about Holly, Mistletoe and Other Christmas Plants Toxic to Cats
In recognition of Pet Fire Safety Day we share our tips to help prevent accidental fires from starting in the home and discuss how to protect your pets (cats, dogs and any other furry creatures) from summer bushfires. Pets and Accidental Fires One winter evening many years ago, Angel Onyx (1998 - 2014) almost started a fire in our home when he decided it was a … [Read more...] about Pet Fire Safety Day – How to Keep Your Pets and Home Safe