We know that lots of our readers have pets and many are kitties. We ourselves have many furry family members. We thought we’d share this information for cat owners who want to make sure their pets don’t get sick or die from eating houseplants or toxic yard plants. This is the list:
Lilies: both outdoor (tiger, daylilies,etc) and houseplants (Easter lilies, Peace lilies) when ingested can cause kidney failure and death if not gotten to the vet immediately. Even a small bite can be toxic. If they start vomiting, get depressed and lose their appetite… look around. They may also drool and paw at the irritated areas. You may also get foaming and swelling. If you see part of the plant munched – get them to the vet.
Aloa vera: Many of us have these cactus in our homes and most cats will leave them alone, but if they should chomp on them they can get irritation of the mouth, tongue and esophagus. While not as critical as lily ingestion a visit to the vet will be prudent.
Other toxic plants are asparagus fern, amaryllis, daffodil and lily of the valley. Also watch out for dieffenbachia, rhododendron, azalea, oleander – all outdoor plants which normally cats avoid.
If you suspect the cat is acting differently, avoiding food or acting lethargic get them to the vet. If you can determine if they munched on a plant bring part of it with you. We all want our furry kids to be around a long time so you need to be diligent and not have those types of plants indoors. It’s more difficult outdoors but most cats know which ones not to munch on. Also please don’t spray your lawn with pesticides as cats and dogs not only eat the grass, but walk on it and then lick their feet. Pesticide poisoning may not show up immediately but can lead to neural damage and cancer.
In recent years the trend has been to give our pets grain free food saying they do not eat that in the wild. So I wanted to know exactly why and found an article in Whole Foods magazine (march 2016) that made sense. The article “Putting Your Best Paw Forward” by Maxine Bogle told me that pets who eat large quantities of grains long-term can get metabolic upsets, chronic illness and bouts of inflammation.
It seems that once they eat grains, the “pancreas begins to secrete larger amounts of the enzyme necessary to process carbs (amylase) and insulin, the hormone necessary to balance the elevated blood sugar resulting from the metabolism of grains.” Since pets don’t readily secrete enough amylase this causes insulin to be released and the blood sugar levels drop. The result is the adrenals release cortisol which can elevate blood sugar and lead to diabetes. It can also cause high blood pressure that can result in thinning of the skin and coat, decreased bone and muscle mass and cause them to be more susceptible to infection.
This doesn’t say that cold turkey on grains is the answer to all their problems, and some can tolerate grains better than others. Therefore, its best to consult a vet who is up-to-date on this subject and get their advice for your furry family member.
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I started a new blog for wellness tips for dogs and cats. This is not a “cure” site but gives you tips on how to keep your pet healthy and offers some suggestions on supplements you may want to investigate.
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I hate fleas and ticks but I’m not willing to kill my cat or dog just to be rid of those pests and that is exactly what 90% of the collars, topical and sprays can do. Most contain neurotoxins which ofter time can destroy the efficiency of your pooch or kitties brain and they can harm your children too. Insect pesticide neurotoxins are the primary active ingredients in most canine flea & tick medication. Insect neurotoxins will stop existing infestations of fleas and ticks by attacking the central nervous systems of bugs. And guess what they do to your pet long term?
The most common insect neurotoxins in dog flea and tick medications are: Fipronil (FIH-pron-ill), found most commonly in Frontline for cats and PetArmor products.Imidacloprid (eye-mid-uh-CLOP-rid), found most commonly in the K9 Advantix and Advantage II products. Permethrin (per-METH-rin), also found most commonly in Advantix products, as well as Protical products.
Flea collars are designed to leave pesticide residues on pet fur, exposing people to the chemicals they contain when they play with their pet or touch pet bedding. If you child plays with the pet the pesticide is absorbed through their skin or it can be ingested when a child puts their hand in their mouth. Propoxur and TCVP are types of pesticides found in flea collars that are known to be toxic to brain development, nervous system communication and can cause cancer. In large doses, these chemicals can also harm or kill dogs, cats and in extreme poisoning cases, even humans.
Most topical flea treatments are neurotoxins and can affect the brain. Pets may exhibit the following symptoms.
- Loss of hair
- Itching with discoloration
- Increased excitability
- Changes in body temperature (lower or higher)
- Lack of coordination
So what is the alternative? Diatomaceous earth, garlic, brewer’s yeast, and essential oil products are the most common natural remedies. The problem with the oils is that they contain phenols which are toxic to animals because their liver can’t detoxify it, so its best not to use the essential oils. And many contain peppermint which may be OK for dogs but not for cats. I found a company that makes Eastern Red Cedar oil that is properly diluted with a hydrated silica carrier oil at a 90% ratio. It is not known to be harmful to cats or kittens, since it does not contain phenols, or phenolic compounds, which occur naturally in many essential oils. This is extremely effective and you only have to apply it once a week. See their website: http://bit.ly/1K5otd6