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​Cat Kind Spring Cleaning!

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Hopefully, after the most recent cold spell, spring will finally arrive and stay until summer. We can only hope. We’re not ready to give up on spring and we’re sure that all the kitties out there are longing for warmer days as much as we are.

Most of us will conduct our deep spring clean and not really think about how it will affect the cat (or any other pets in the home). Surprisingly, many of the chemicals used in the home are toxic and can leave kitties needing medical attention. Others may not cause immediate harm but can cause illness over longer periods. To be safe, we recommend reading the labels carefully and opting for some kinder products for both you and your pets. It’s also a good excuse to switch to cruelty free brands at the same time!

Accidents Can Easily Happen

Putting bleach down the toilet and leaving the seat up can result in a cat or dog drinking from the bowl. Pets can walk across a recently cleaned floor and lick their paws after. Animals like to chew boxes, bags and containers that store cleaning products, washing detergents or dish washer tablets.

Symptoms of Toxic Chemical Poisoning

There are a few symptoms to look out for that can indicate poisoning in cats, they include:

  • 1.Vomiting
  • 2.Coughing
  • 3.Ulcers in the mouth
  • 4.Irritated skin
  • 5.Pawing at the mouth
  • 6.Excessive salivation
  • 7.Foaming at the mouth
  • 8.Difficulty eating food or drinking

A simple household cleaning chore such as bleaching the toilet can result in the death of a beloved pet. Many pets can be saved if they are taken directly to the vets as soon as symptoms occur or if they are seen coming into contact with chemicals or recently cleaned surfaces.

How to Prevent Poisoning

There are several steps you can follow to remove the risk of cat poisoning caused by household cleaning products.

  • Store all products in a closed or lockable cupboard that cannot be opened by the pets
  • Keep cats and other pets out of the room you are cleaning until all surfaces or rinsed and/or dried
  • Use pet safe products
  • Ensure you follow the directions correctly, especially for products that require diluting

Please remember that even more natural cleaning solutions can also cause illness in pets. Essential oils are popular in the home and used for cleaning or in diffusers. There are essential oils that can cause cats to have seizures and make cats very ill if they are ingested. Some of the ones to avoid include:

  • Peppermint oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Lemon oil

How to Protect Your Cats from Antifreeze Poisoning

With the Beast from the East and Storm Emma battering our shores, we thought it would be an appropriate time to publish a few reminders of the dangers of antifreeze. Antifreeze is deadly to cats, just a couple of licks can result in extreme illness and even death. There’s no joking around with antifreeze, yet many people are totally [...]

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​Leave Out Lilies This Valentine’s Day

International Cat Care are reminding cat owners to leave out the lilies this Valentine’s Day. Flowers are often given at Valentine’s, they are beautiful and are a wonderful, romantic gift to give. Unfortunately, each year many cats are poisoned by these beautiful flowers, simply because cat owners are unaware of the risks.Lilies are highly toxic to cats, so [...]

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​Cat Poisonings Make the Headlines Again

An investigation is taking place in Cilgerran, a small village in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The RSPCA stepped in when three cats needed to be put to sleep by vets after suffering from acute kidney failure. Their sudden kidney failure is a sign of poisoning and antifreeze is suspected in all cases.The RSPCA has appealed for information after a fourth [...]

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10 Tips to ​Protect Your Pet from Poisons

Pet poisoning is a nightmare for any owner and being prepared for an emergency such as this can help you to stay calm and collected in order to get your pet the help they most urgently need. Poisonous substances are found both inside and outside the home and many pets are accidently poisoned due to their own curiosity. In 2014, [...]

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The Dangers of Rock Salt for Pets

Rock salt is used to help de-ice wintery roads and pathways during the cold months. It can be spread by individual home owners, business owners and tenants, or spread by gritters. It’s useful for helping us all get from point A to point B, but unfortunately it is dangerous for pets, such as dogs and cats.When animals ingest rock [...]

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​How to Keep Your Cats Safe from Antifreeze Poisoning

Antifreeze presents deadly risks to pets and just the smallest amount can cause kidneys to fail and lead to the untimely demise of our feline friends. Accidental poisonings happen, especially at this time of year when the temperatures drop. Spills, leaks and failure to store the antifreeze properly all lead to a large amount of pet deaths in the [...]

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