Plants that are Poisonous to Cats

Cats are naturally fastidious creatures and hence careful about what they eat. But kittens or young cats are most likely to be poisoned by household plants, due to their inquisitive nature. The risk is even higher if your cat is kept solely indoors – as boredom can drive your cat to nibble the plants around them! The problem will be complicated further if your cat roams outdoors a fair bit. What you can do is to ensure you remove potentially toxic plants from your house and garden. Signs of Plant Poisoning If your cat collapses suddenly, vomits repeatedly and has diarrhoea, it is time to contact your vet. Redness, swelling, blistering, itchiness or raw areas around your cat’s mouth, gums or throat, along with sneezing and eye problems, might also indicate plant poisoning. Sometimes, only some parts of certain plants are poisonous (for instance, the leaves, stems, or sap), and can cause rashes and hypersensitivity to sunlight – that may eventually result in sunburn. Another sure sign that something is amiss is when your cat loses its appetite for about two days. Some Common Plants to Avoid The leaves of plants like tomato, carrot, celery and cucumber may all negatively affect the cat in this way. The leaves of the geranium and primula can also irritate your cat’s skin. Hazardous Plants Even if your cat doesn’t eat a poisonous plant, its skin may still be irritated if it comes into contact with the plant’s leaves or sap. Fortunately, many of […]

Worms and fleas…

This article is an extract from The Sunday Times and written by Belinda Wan. I would like to share this article here as worms and fleas are very typical to dogs, and which can cause a major upset to the household should there be a large scale breakout, and which can also spread through out the house. Two ailments that dogs can fall prey to are worms (tapeworms, hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms), and fleas. The ordinary cat flea, which jumps from one host animal to another, cutting open its skin and feeding on its blood, is the main culprit for fleas in dogs. The possible implications In bigger dogs, the resulting itch may be rather mild, but for small dogs, the blood loss can lead to anemia, or even death. Some dogs can even develop a hypersensitivity to the saliva of fleas, intensifying the itching. This can result in hair loss, skin abrasions, and aggravated skin problems. What’s worse is that your dog can get tapeworms by licking or swallowing fleas – as fleas are also tapeworm hosts. Heed the signs Some signs that your dog may have a worm infestation are diarrhoea, weight loss, a change in appetite, a poor appearance. and a rough, dry coat. Take note if your pooch constantly scoots. If your dog has a flea problem, it will be constantly scratching, biting, or licking its skin, or suffer from hair loss or allergic dermatitis. A flea is about 2.5mm in size, and can be easily […]