Welcome to the cat lovers page. In my garden I have a special place called "The Kitty Nip Cafe" where my cats can relax and dine on fresh catnip and other herbs and grasses. Cat lovers can relax here and check out our special purchase deals and also get some valuable information for you and your kitty!
In my book, Thought And Belief: How To Unlock Your Potential And Fulfill Your Destiny! I explain how caring for animals is a spiritual practice that brings honor to you.
Here is an excerpt: "Whenever you look at a "lower" life form and lift it up above you in honor-you honor yourself. Like a seed that is planted, when you honor something that you are greater than, you sow a seed of honor and you will reap a harvest of honor."
The Language Of Cats
Have you seen this great book about cats and their "special language"?
Zek Is Healed! To read a short inspirational article Click Here
Do Pets Go To Heaven?
Do pets go to heaven?When our beloved animal friends pass from this world, do they frolic around the throne of God or live again in some other universe?Do pets just die and that is the end?
I am sure that these and other questions have crossed the minds of pet owners all over the globe.Pets are so much a part of our lives.They often will stay with their owner even if they are neglected or mistreated.But when we lose a pet, what happens then?What are the answers that we seek and where can we find them?There are many books and articles written on the subject that both “support” and “debunk” the idea that there is an afterlife for animals.
I first have to say that the Christian bible does not contain a section called, “The Book Of Animals” where I can turn to “Pets” Chapter 3, verse 11 and read, “For a righteous man doeth love his pets and these follow him into heaven and the glory of the Lord forever.”
There is no specific verse of scripture where it emphatically states in plain simple words that: “animals go to heaven”―even though we would like to find such a verse.However, the following scriptures, in my opinion, are a group of verses that do address this very issue and they provide sound evidence of what happens to pets when they die.
When the alternatives are staying in the familiar cage or facing the unknown, trust me, most people choose the cage—over and over and over again. It's painful to watch, especially knowing that liberation is only a few simple steps away. If you suspect that you might need to engineer your own prison break, the following pieces of commonsense advice can set you free forever.
T: Taro Vine Tiger Lily (cats) Tomato Plant (green fruit, stem and leaves) Tree Philodendron Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia
W: Weeping Fig
What To Do For A Poisoned Animal
Before You Call the Poison Control Center: If you suspect that your pet has been exposed to a poison, it is important not to panic. While rapid response is important, panicking generally interferes with the process of helping your animal.
Take 30 to 60 seconds to safely collect and have at hand the material involved. This may be of great benefit to the Center professionals as they determine exactly what poison or poisons are involved. In the event that you need to take your animal to your local veterinarian, be sure to take with you any product container. Also bring any material your pet may have vomited or chewed, collected in a zip-lock bag. If your animal is seizuring, losing consciousness, unconscious or having difficulty breathing, you should contact your veterinarian immediately. Most veterinarians are familiar with the consulting services of the Center. Depending on your particular situation, your local veterinarian may want to contact the Center personally while you bring your pet to the animal hospital.
When you call the Center, be ready to provide:
* Your name, address and telephone number * Information concerning the exposure (the amount of agent, the time since exposure, etc.). For various reasons, it is important to know exactly what poison the animal was exposed to. * The species, breed, age, sex, weight and number of animals involved * The agent your animal(s) has been exposed to, if known * The problems your animal(s) is experiencing.
Your animal may become poisoned in spite of your best efforts to prevent it. Because of this, you should be prepared. Your animal companions regularly should be seen by a local veterinarian to maintain overall health. You should know the veterinarian's procedures for emergency situations, especially ones that occur after usual business hours. You should keep the telephone numbers for the veterinarian, and a local emergency veterinary service in a convenient location. You may benefit by keeping a pet safety kit on hand for emergencies. Such a kit should contain:
* A fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide 3% (USP) * Can of soft dog or cat food, as appropriate * Turkey baster, bulb syringe or large medicine syringe * Saline eye solution to flush out eye contaminants * Artificial tear gel to lubricate eyes after flushing * Mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid in order to bathe an animal after skin contamination * Rubber gloves to prevent you from being exposed while you bathe the animal * Forceps to remove stingers * Muzzle to keep the animal from hurting you while it is excited or in pain * Pet carrier to help carry the animal to your local veterinarian
Onions contain a substance (N-propyl disulphide) which destroys red blood cells in the cat, causing a form of anemia called Heinz body anemia. Garlic contains a similar substance in a lesser amount.
* Fatty foods * Salt * Yeast dough * Macadamia nuts * Raisins and Grapes
* Lilies that may be found in holiday flower arrangements could be deadly to your cat. Many types of lily, such as Tiger, Asian, Japanese Show, Easter, Stargazer, and the Casa Blanca, can cause kidney failure in cats Poinsettias are generally over-rated in toxicity. If ingested, poinsettias can be irritating to the mouth and stomach, and may cause mild vomiting or nausea. * Mistletoe has the potential to cause cardiovascular problems. However, mistletoe ingestion usually only causes gastrointestinal upset. Holly ingestion could cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and lethargy. Visit the University of Illinois Toxicology depertment to view pictures of plants which are poisonous to animals.
Christmas Tree Hazards:
* Christmas tree water may contain fertilizers, which, if ingested, can cause stomach upset. Stagnant tree water can be breeding grounds for bacteria, which can also lead to vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea, if ingested. * Electrical cords - Avoid animal exposure to electrical cords. If they are chewed they could electrocute your pet. Cover up or hide electrical cords and never let your pet chew on them. * Ribbons or tinsel can become lodged in the intestines and cause intestinal obstruction. This is a very common situation for kittens! * Batteries contain corrosives, and if ingested they can cause ulceration to the mouth, tongue, and the rest of the gastrointestinal tract. * Glass ornaments can cut the tissues of the gastrointestinal tract if ingested.
* Keep all prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs out of the reach of your pets, preferably in closed cabinets. Remind holiday guests to store their medications safely as well. Pain killers, cold medicines, anti-cancer drugs, antidepressants, vitamins, and diet pills are common examples of human medication that could be potentially lethal even in small dosages. One regular-strength ibuprofen tablet (200mg) can cause stomach ulcers in a 10-pound dog. * During the holidays many veterinary clinics have limited office hours. In some cases, pet owners try to medicate their animals without their veterinarian's advice. Never give your animal any medications unless under the directions of a veterinarian. Many medications that are used safely in humans can be deadly when used inappropriately. Less than one regular strength acetaminophen tablet (325mg) can be dangerous to a cat weighing 7 pounds.
Other Winter Hazards:
* Antifreeze has a pleasant taste. Unfortunately, very small amounts can be lethal. As little as one teaspoon of antifreeze can be deadly to a cat; less than one tablespoon can be deadly to a 10-pound dog. Thoroughly clean up any spills, store antifreeze in tightly closed containers and store in secured cabinets. If you think your pet has consumed antifreeze, contact your veterinarian right away! * Liquid potpourris are popular household fragrances commonly used during the holiday season. Pets are often exposed to liquid potpourri by direct ingestion from simmer pots or spills, by rubbing against leaky bottles or simmer pots containing the potpourri, or from spilling the containers upon themselves. Oral exposures result during grooming. Exposure of pets to some types of liquid potpourris can result in severe oral, dermal and ocular damage. * Ice melting products can be irritating to skin and mouth. Depending on the actual ingredient of the ice melt and the quantity, signs of ingestion would include excessive drooling, depression, vomiting or even electrolyte imbalances. * Rat and mouse killers are used more commonly during colder weather. When using rat and mouse bait, place the products in areas that are inaccessible to your companion animals.
Poison-proofing in Summer
Common Toxic Plants: Cardiotoxic plants: (effect the heart)
* Convallaria majalis - Lily of the Valley * Nerium oleander - Oleander * Rhododendron species - Rhododendron, Azalea and Rosebay * Taxus species - American, Japanese, English and Western Yew * Digitalis purpurea - Foxglove * Kalanchoe spp. Kalanchoe
Plants that could cause kidney failure:
* Certain species of lilies (in cats only) * Rhubarb (Rheum species) - leaves only * Grapes (Vitis species)
* Autumn Crocus (Colchicum species)-- (Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, renal, liver damage and bone marrow suppression) * Castor Bean (Ricinus species)-- (Can cause renal failure, convulsions and death)
* ALWAYS assume that any ingested mushroom is highly toxic until a mycologist identifies that mushroom. Toxic and non-toxic mushrooms can grow in the same area. * If a pet owner suspects that their animal ingested a poisonous plant, they should contact their veterinarian immediately. It's advised to bring in part of the plant to a nursery for identification if the exact species is not known. Symptoms of poisonings can include almost any clinical sign. The animal may even appear completely normal for several hours or days.
* Make sure your pets do not go on lawns or in gardens treated with fertilizers, herbicides or insecticides until the time listed on the label by the manufacturer. If you are uncertain about the usage of any product, contact the manufacturer for clarification before using it. Always store pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in areas that are inaccessible to your pets. The most serious problems resulting from fertilizer ingestion in pets is usually due to the presence of heavy metals such as iron. Ingestion of large amounts of fertilizer could cause severe gastric upset and possibly gastrointestinal obstruction. * The most dangerous forms of pesticides include: snail bait containing metaldehyde, fly bait containing methomyl, systemic insecticides containing disyston or disulfaton, zinc phosphide containing mole or gopher bait and most forms of rat poisons. When using pesticides place the products in areas that are totally inaccessible to your companion animals. Always store pesticides in secured areas.
Pesticide Safety for Home Gardening:
Gardeners with children should pay particular attention to proper use of pesticides. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports that in 2002, poison centers nationwide received more than 96, 000 calls regarding exposure to pesticides-more than half involving children under age six. In the state of Michigan alone, human pesticide exposures accounted for 4, 346 calls, the 5th highest category of non-drug exposures.
Pesticides are, of course, designed to eliminate insects and rodents. The chemicals used to accomplish this may be dangerous to humans and pets as well if used incorrectly. The rules of thumb for safe handling of pesticides include:
When buying pesticides:
* Choose the right pesticide for the job. * Buy and use only legally sold, EPA-registered pesticides.
When using pesticides:
* Carefully follow all instructions on the container. * Wear protective clothing, mask and eye protection when spraying. * Choose a calm, wind-free day. * Do not spray near children and pets, and keep them away from treated areas. * Follow the restricted time for reentering an area after a pesticide has been applied.
After using pesticides:
* Wash hands and face thoroughly after applying pesticides. Launder clothing. * Keep pesticides locked up, out of sight and reach of children and pets. * Keep the pesticide stored in its original container-do not transfer a pesticide to a food or drink container. * Store pesticides away from food, including pet food. * " Dispose of empty pesticide containers and unused pesticides properly.
In case of poisoning:
* Call your poison center immediately if a pesticide comes in contact with skin, is inhaled or is swallowed. * If possible, have the container with you when calling.
The American Association of Poison control Centers urges gardeners to be safe and to keep the poison emergency hotline number, 1-800-222-1222, near all telephones. Safe practices are what make gardening a relaxing and rewarding hobby.
Pharmacists, nurses and physicians at the Children's Hospital of Michigan Regional Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) are also available to answer questions about pesticides and pesticide safety, and to provide poison education materials like brochures and stickers. Poison experts are available round-the-clock, seven days a week.
Poison information is also available at the AAPCC website, www.1-800-222-1222.info.
More specifically, decaying, rotten carcasses or food, it is the bacteria that produces dangerous toxins. Effect Signs Severe GI Vomiting, diarrhea (may be bloody) fever, abdominal pain and distention weakness, shivering, collapse Severe - Shock/Death
Chocolate Contains Drugs Signs Methylxanthine TheobromineCaffeine Only a small amount can be toxic. Vomiting, excessive urination, hyperactivity, fast breathing, weakness Seizures, Death
Metal & Lead Found In Signs Toys Drape or Fishing Weights Batteries Paint Caulking Motor Oil Vomiting, constipation, diarrhea abdominal pain, depression blindness, circling muscle tremors, incoordination
House/Garden Plants and Foods Poisonous to Cats
Actual reports of animals getting seriously ill from eating plants are relatively infrequent, compared to reports of poisonings from household products or drugs.
Although many people believe poinsettias, ivy and mistletoe are dangerous plants, and while these plants do have toxic potential, they seldom cause serious clinical signs if eaten.
Much of the motivation for chewing on plants involves boredom and other psychological factors, such as recent changes in household (moving, moving furniture, demise of a loved one, etc.), so it may be worth noting if kitty begins suddenly eating houseplants he/she used to ignore, and discuss with Vet. You might want to consider planting lawn grass in a pot for them - it is not harmful.
Covering soil of houseplants with aluminum foil will discourage digging in dirt and decrease liklihood of eating plants.
Plants with noted toxicity should be kept away from kitty OR you may wish to consider switching to safer houseplants.
Resource: "Non-Toxic Plants and Your Cat" http://www.cfainc.org/articles/plants-non-toxic.html
* = Especially Dangerous and can be Fatal C = Cardiovascular - Signs: Congestive Heart Failure D = Dermatological - Signs: Inflammation, swelling GI = Gastrointestinal - Signs: Vomiting, diarrhea H = Hepatic - Signs: Liver Failure KO = Kidney/Organ Failure - Signs: Increased drinking, non-appetite, weight loss MS = Musculoskeletal N = Neurological - Signs: Tremors, incoordination, seizures, excitability, depression, coma O = Occular R = Respiratory - Signs: Coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing
Name N Alcohol (all beverages, ethanol, methanol, isoprophyl) Alfalfa *, R Almonds (pits contain cyanide) Aloe Vera Alocasia *, GI, N Amaryllis Bulb Andromeda *, K/O Anthurium Apple Seeds Apple Leaf Croton *, R Apricot (pits contain cyanide) *, K/O, GI, R, severe mouth swelling difficulty breathing vomiting diarrhea ARACEAE FAMILY - House & Ornamental Begonia tuberhybrida Dieffenbachia maculata Dumb cane Philodendron - Cutleaf, Lacy Tree, Saddle Leaf, Tree Schefflera actinophylla Common Names Peace Lilly Starleaf Tuberous Begonia Tuftroot Wax begonia Water plant Yellow calla *, C, R, N Arrowgrass - contains cyanide Asparagus Fern *, Very Poisonous C, GI Autumn Crocus (colchicum autumnale) *, C, K/O Avocado (leaves, seeds, stem, skin)
B Baby's Breath GI Baneberry Bayonet Beargrass Beech *, K/O Begonia Belladonna GI Bird of Paradise GI Bittersweet Black-eyed Susan GI, MS Black Locust *, C Bleeding Heart bloodroot Bluebonnet Box GI Boxwood C, G, N, O Bracken Fern Branching Ivy GI, N Buckeye Buddist Pine Burning Bush GI Buttercup (Ranunculus)
C Cactus, Candelabra GI, N - hyperstimulation Catnip - gurard agains giving too much of fresh plant (dry OK) *, K/O Caladium *, K/O Calla Lily *, C, GI, N Castor Bean (Can be Fatal) Ceriman Charming Dieffenbachia *, R Cherry, Choke, unripe berries (contains cyanide) R Cherry - (pits contain cyanide), seeds &wilting leaves) Cherry, most wild varieties Cherry, ground Cherry, Laurel Chinaberry *, R Chinese Sacred, or Heavenly Bamboo (contains cyanide) Chinese Evergreen *, GI, N Chocolate, Cocoa Christmas Rose GI, N Chrysanthemum (natural source of pyrethrins) Cineria GI Clematis Coffee Cordatum Coriaria Cornflower Corn Plant Cornstalk Plant GI Croton (codiaeum) Corydalis GI, N Crocus Bulb Crown of Thorns Cuban Laurel Cycads GI Cyclamen Bulb
D GI Daffodil Daphne Datura *, C, G, MS, N Death Camas Devil's Ivy *, N Delphinium Decentrea Dracaena Palm Dragon Tree
E *, K/O Easter Lily Eggplant Elaine *, R Elderberry, unripe berries (contain cyanide) Elephant Ear Emerald Feather GI, N, R English Ivy (All Hedera Species) Eucalyptus Euonymus Evergreen
F Ferns O Fig (Ficus) General allergan, dermatitis Fiddle-leaf fig Florida Beauty Flax GI Four O'Clock (Mirabilis) Fruit Salad Plant
G *, GI Garlic (raw or spoiled) Geranium German Ivy Giant Dumb Cane Glacier Ivy Golden Chain Gold Dieffenbachia Gold Dust Dracaena Golden Glow Golden Pothos Gopher Purge
H Han's Self-Branching Ivy Heartland Philodendron C, GI, MS Hellebore (Lily Family) *, C, GI, MS, N, R Hemlock, Poison, Water Henbane *, K/O Hibiscus GI Holly Berries Honeysuckle Hops (beer) Horsebeans H Horsebrush GI, MS Horse Chestnuts Hurricane Plant GI Hyacinth Bulbs *, R Hydrangea (contains cyanide)
I Indian Rubber Plant Indian Tobacco GI Iris Corms Iris Ivy
J *, K/O Jack in the Pulpit Janet Craig Dracaena * Japanese Show Lily Java Beans Jessamine Jerusalem Cherry *, R Jimson Weed Jonquil Jungle Trumpets
K *, C Kalanchoe (can be fatal)
L *, K/O Lantana (Liver Failure) *, N Larkspur GI Lily (bulbs of most species) Lily Spider Climbing Lily C, GI, H, N Locoweed N Lupine Species
M Macadamias Madagascar Dragon Tree Marble Queen Marigold *, GI, N Marijuana or Hemp (cannabis) can be fatal Mescal Bean Mexican Breadfruit *, C Milkweed Miniature Croton *, C, GI, N, shock Mistletoe Mock Orange *, N Monkshood Moonseed *, N Morning Glory Mother-in-Law's Tongue C Mountain Laurel Mushrooms
N GI Narcissus Needlepoint Ivy > Nephytis *, C, GI, N, R Vomiting, diarrhea (possibly bloody) adbominal pain, depression, drowsiness, salivation, difficulty breathing, trembling, weakness, collapse, decreased heart rate NIGHTSHADE Black Nightshade Deadly Nightshade European Nightshade
Solanum dulcamara Solanum nigrum Physalis Common Names Nightshades Chinese lantern Christmas cherry Ornamental pepper
O *, K/O Oak *, C Oleander - very poisonous can be fatal *, GI Onion, Onion Powder (raw or spoiled) * Oriental Lily
P Peace Lily *, R Peach -pits (contain cyanide), wilting leaves *, GI, dermatitis Pencil Cactus/Plant (Euphorbia) Peony > Periwinkle Pimpernel Plumosa Fern Poinciana GI, dermatitis Poinsettia Poison Ivy Poison Oak Pokeweed Poppy GI, N Potato leaves & stem Pothos GI, Liver, can be severe pain in eye, skin, mouth, tongue(ulceration), Depression, drooling, food refusal Potpourri - Natural or essential oils Precatory Bean Primrose Privet, Common Propylin Glycol - food additive
R Red Emerald Red Princess Red-Margined Dracaena *, C, Can be Fatal - Signs: Vomiting, diarrhea, collapse, death RHODODENDRON Azalea Foxglove (digitalis) can be fatal Laurel Lily of the Valley can be fatal Milkweed Oleander (very poisonous can be fatal) *, K/O Rhubarb Ribbon Plant *, C, GI, N Rosary Pea (arbus) can be fatal Rubber Plant
S Sago Palm Salt Satin Pothos Scotch Broom *, K/O Shamrock(oxalis) Silver Pothos Skunk Cabbage Snowdrops GI Snow on the Mountain Spotted Dumb Cane GI Spurge (euphorbia) Staggerweed C, GI Star of Bethlehem - Lily Family D, O Stinging Nettle String of Pearls Striped Dracaena Sweetheart Ivy Sweetpea Swiss Cheese Plant
T G, H, MS, N, O Tansy Mustard Taro Vine Tea * Tiger Lily Toad Stool *, GI, N Tobacco GI, N Tomato Plant (green fruit, stem and leaves) Tropic Snow Tulip Tung Tree
V Virginia Creeper
W GI, R Walnuts *, C, GI, MS, N, O, R Water Hemlock Weeping Fig Wild Call Wisteria
Y Yeast dough *, C, FATAL - extremely poisonous ornamental plant most often used in landscaping Sudden Death, trembling, incoordination, diarrhea, collapse YEWS fatal to most animals American Yew Canada Yew English Yew, Spreading any Yew Japanese Yew Western Yew
In short, please remember, it cannot be stressed enough:
Keep all harmful substances mindfully and safely stored far away from Kitty's reach.
Keep track of baits and properly dispose of them when they have expired or are not needed any longer. Record the date baits were put out and name of bait.
Maintain all information possible on harmful substances - in case of emergency this information will be CRITICAL for diagnosing possible poisonings, as well as treatment.If Possible, bring container. It is the actual active toxic ingredient contained in the substance that will determine the level of danger present. Different ingredients require different treatments, so this information is VITAL.
In Case of Emergency
If poisoning is suspected - call your Vet and advise them that you will be coming in ASAP. Bring containers of substance to Vet.