Thanksgiving dangers to cats at a glance
Bottle feeding is necessary for kittens under five weeks who are orphaned, have been rejected by their mother, the mother has a medical condition which makes her unable to nurse, or if the litter is large. It is both rewarding and challenging to bottle feed a kitten and requires knowledge to do it safely.
Making the decision to hand-raise a kitten takes time and commitment. Neonates will need to be fed, cleaned and helped to go to the toilet every 2-3 hours, around the clock until the kitten is old enough to start solid food.
Cat friendly treats at a glance
Why give treats at all?
Treats for most cats are not necessary, and with obesity at endemic rates, the addition of treats can add additional calories that a cat doesn’t need. So, why feed treats?
- Sometimes a cat is not well, and a treat can encourage him or her to eat something
- Treats can be used as a reward when training a cat
- To hide pills or medication in (this generally works better for dogs but can be attempted for cats)
- To celebrate the cat’s birthday or another special event
Poisoning is a common occurrence in cats, although not as common as in dogs as they are more picky eaters, but it can still happen for a number of reasons.
- When a well-meaning pet owner administers a medication that has not been prescribed
- If the cat receives a larger dose of a prescribed medication
- The cat intentionally ingests a toxic substance (such as a plant, or medicine)
- Contact with a toxic substance which is then ingested when the cat grooms
- Secondary poisoning (eating a rodent that has ingested poison)
- Deliberate poisoning
- Venom toxicity (snake bite, spider bite, scorpion, frogs and toads)
Poisons can affect one or several body systems, and cause a range of symptoms which we have highlighted below.
Cats who hunt lizards and skinks are at risk of several zoonotic diseases as a consequence of bacteria or parasites the prey carry. Animals cats typically hunt include birds, rats, mice, rabbits, snakes, lizards and skinks, the latter two are the focus of this article.
Adopting After Pet Loss
In the interest of transparency, this article is an opinion piece, as as far as I am aware, there is no data on when pet parents should bring a new pet into the home after a loss. We all know the devastation of losing a beloved cat, they leave such a massive hole in our lives, and it is natural for us to feel a sense of loss. Therapists are starting to recognise the depth of grief pet owners experience when faced with the loss of a pet. Cats give us so much; they give us love, attention, warmth, comfort, companionship and a sense of purpose (they rely on us to care for them). No wonder they leave such a hole in our lives when we lose them.
Can cats see in the dark?
Cats cannot see in complete darkness, but they do have superior night time vision compared to humans. A cat’s exceptional ability to see in low light is due to several features. Combined, these give the cat an advantage when it comes to night vision.
Feeding cats in a multi-cat household can be a challenge for pet owners, there are many reasons why it may be necessary to feed cats separate diets.
- One cat is on a medication which is mixed into the food
- An obese cat who is on a weight-controlled diet
- To prevent one cat from eating all the food which means another cat misses out
- Cats on a prescription or therapeutic diet, for example, hyperthyroidism, urinary or kidney disease
At a glance
About: The third eyelid is an opaque membrane underneath the outer eyelids which protects the cornea.
Causes of a visible third eyelid:
Diagnosis: A thorough physical and ophthalmologic examination as well as diagnostic testing.
Treatment: This will depend on the underlying cause.
At a glance
Cats can eat the fruit of the apple, but avoid the seeds which contain amygdalin which breaks down into hydrogen cyanide when crushed.
Apples are rich in antioxidants, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, fibre and polyphenolic compounds.
Cats are obligate carnivores, they need meat for several essential nutrients, fruit, vegetables and other treats should only make up a small part of a cat’s diet.