Rock salt, grit and domestic cats and dogs. A discussion.

Rock salt used in winter to melt icy sidewalks and roads is a danger to pets

It is that time of year when we have to discuss rock salt! Britain, today, is under the cosh of a deep-freeze; subzero temperatures and icy roads which have been and will be sprayed with rock salt by council workers. And I’m sure around the countryside there are cat and dog owners spreading rock …

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‘Many people use needles to poke a small hole in dog and cat food to poison dogs and cats’ in China

In China it is alleged that a person or persons are poisoning dogs and cats by injecting the poison into bags of cat and dog food on the shelves of retailers

This is what someone tweeted recently: “Nowadays, many people use needles to poke a small hole in the dog food and cat food delivered by others to poison them. And now there are people poisoning the grass on the road. Some people in my country have gone crazy. I don’t know what the situation …

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Is mistletoe poisonous to cats and dogs?

Mistletoe is toxic to cats and dogs

Christmas is coming! Just kidding. Although it does come around quite quickly, doesn’t it? It is possible that mistletoe will be around the home during that holiday season. So, the question is whether it is toxic to cats and dogs. The American Animal Hospital Association Encyclopaedia of Cat Health and Care is unequivocal about …

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Are shower diffusers safe for cats?

Benefits and advantages of essential oils for humans and potential disadvantages for cats

The answer to the question in the title is yes and no as the response depends on variable factors. Please read on. My research indicates that there is a potential problem with essential oil diffusers generally in regards to pets. The information comes from the respected ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center and Cats Protection. …

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Call center worker allegedly got 200-300 complaints daily on Hartz flea treatment killing pets

Hartz flea treatment is allegedly killing a huge number of pets

This is another highly disturbing story about killing cats and dogs. It is sad and morbidly fascinating that when you search Twitter for tweets on ‘killing cats’ these sorts of stories pop up. Often it is a crazy individual who takes pleasure in torturing and killing domestic cats allowed outdoors. In this instance if …

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PBDE and decaBDE dust remains a health risk for domestic cats?

Fire retardants in sofas and FH?

I am revisiting feline hyperthyroidism (FH) which affects at least 10 percent of feline patients over 10 years of age. FH was unheard of until the 1970s. At that time veterinarians had no idea about it. There was a surge in FH cases which mirrored the use of PBDE (Polybrominated diphenyl ethers) fire retardants. …

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Humble, slow-moving toad can poison cats with bufotoxin

Toads are poisonous to cats

Before I discuss bufotoxin, a particularly virulent poison otherwise known as ‘bufotalin’ carried by the humble toad (genus Bufo), I would like to quote a very brief extract from Dr. Desmond Morris’s book Catlore about substances poisonous to cats. A lot of poisons are inside the home because “we have thoughtlessly introduced [them] into …

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Should I allow my cat into the backyard if there are daffodils there?

Daffodils are toxic to cats

It is spring and synonymous with spring are daffodils. It’s great to see them and the smell of cut grass. It lifts the spirits and makes us feel better. But daffodils don’t make cats feel better especially if they chew them and you know what domestic cats are like. They like to put things …

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