“ Proud Sphynx Breeders For Over 12 Years “
Carylen & Gene Spidell
1100 Woodland Road - Nashville, Michigan 49073
"CAT POISONS and OTHER HAZARDS"
* READ CAREFULLY *
( The Life You Save May be Your Pet's )
Having a cat, kitten or any other pet sharing our lives is much like having children in that our pets require a certain amount of our supervision and protection…
If we are not prepared to take time to provide that protection, I would strongly suggest that we are not YET ready to take on the responsibilities of giving PROPER care, attention and love that any pet NEEDS to enjoy a long healthy and happy life…!!!
You’ve probably heard the phrase: “Curiosity Killed The Cat”… Sounds a bit gruesome I know, but unfortunately it has more than a faint ring of truth to it.
All cats and kittens have more than their share of curiosity, and Sphynx cats and kittens are certainly no exception.
You must come to terms with the fact that to a kitten "EVERYTHING" looks like a toy and will be throughly investigated…!!! They "NEED" YOU to teach them what they can do and what they can’t do.
There are various methods used to teach cats and kittens, and I won’t go into all of them here… The method we’ve had the best results from is filling a few squirt bottles with water and sitting them around the house where there will be one within reach most anywhere…
When a cat or kitten is doing something you don’t want them to do, squirt them with the water and at the same time make a hissing sound… After experiencing this action enough times, you will find that the cat/kitten will stop misbehaving when all you do is make the hissing sound… (Of course, you may have to give them a refresher course now and then…;-)
There are also some products available at most pet stores that will through their bad smell or taste repel most cats or kittens.
You’ll probably be surprised at ALL the things in and around your house that are considered poisonous to your little feline buddy… Some will cause sickness… Others are FATAL…!!!
I’m not a vet and I don’t play one on TV, so I’ll give some pointers I’ve learned firsthand or heard from other breeders and pet owners… I’ll also include some links you should take the time to visit before you bring a cat into your life…
# One of the best sites I found for learning about pet safety, poisons and other hazards is:
(While you are there make sure to check out their list of Poisonous Plants… It’s HUGE…!!!)
# Another super site for poisons, etc. is:
# Here is another great site:
(While there you’ll learn about a variety of household items can be poisonous to cats: plants, foods, herbicides, pesticides, mouse poisons, medications, metals, and cleaning supplies. You'll also learn how to protect your cat from these dangers and what you must do if you think your cat is poisoned.)
# Take a few minutes at this next site to scan their list of poisonous plants that may already be in your home: http://www.catfocused.com/cat-health/toxic-plant-database.php
(While there you’ll also learn how to recognize some of the symptoms of poisoning… This information could save the life of your pet’s life…!!!)
Please DO NOT USE FLEA & TICK TOPICAL MONTHLY MEDICINES (Revolution, Advantage, Frontline, etc.) This can KILL. Check with your Vet…!!!
The following helpful tips were compiled by:
Jill A. Richardson, DVM.
Veterinary Poison Information Specialist
ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center
1717 Philo Road, Suite #36
- Be aware of the plants you have in your house and in your pet's yard. The ingestion of azalea, oleander, mistletoe, sago palm, Easter lily, or yew plant material, by an animal, could be fatal.
- When cleaning your house, never allow your pet access to the area where cleaning agents are used or stored. Cleaning agents have a variety of properties. Some may only cause a mild stomach upset, while others could cause severe burns of the tongue, mouth, and stomach. Others can cause death.
- When using rat or mouse baits, ant or roach traps, or snail and slugbaits, place the products in areas that are inaccessible to your animals. Most baits contain sweet smelling inert ingredients, such as jelly, peanut butter, and sugars, which can be very attractive to your pet.
- Never give your animal any medications unless under the direction of your veterinarian. Many medications that are used safely by humans can be deadly when used inappropriately. One extra strength acetaminophen tablet (500mg) can kill a seven-pound cat.
- Keep all prescription and over the counter drugs out of your pets' reach, preferably in closed cabinets. 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 (200mg) could cause stomach ulcers in a ten-pound dog.
- Never leave chocolates unattended. Approximately one-half ounce or less of baking chocolate per pound body weight can cause problems. Even small amounts can cause pancreatic problems.
- Many common household items have been shown to be lethal in certain species. Miscellaneous items that are highly toxic even in low quantities include * Pennies: (high concentration of zinc)... * Mothballs: (contain naphthaleneor paradichlorobenzene - one or two balls can be life threatening in mostspecies)... * Potpourri oils, Fabric softener sheets, Automatic dish detergents: (contain cationic detergents which could cause corrosive lesions)... * Batteries: (contain acids or alkali which can also cause corrosive lesions)... * Homemade Play Dough: (contains high quantity of salt)... * Winter heat source agents like hand or foot warmers (contain high levels of iron)... * Cigarettes, Coffee Grounds, Onions, Alcoholic Drinks.
- All automotive products such as oil, gasoline, and antifreeze, should be stored in areas away from pet access. As little as one teaspoon of antifreeze(ethylene glycol) can be deadly in a seven-pound cat and less than one tablespoon could be lethal to a 20-pound dog.
- Before buying or using flea products on your pet or in your household, contact your veterinarian to discuss what types of flea products are recommended for your pet. Read ALL information before using a product on your animal or in your home. Always follow label instructions. A product labeled "for use in dogs only" means that the product should NEVER be applied to cats or other pets. Also, when using a fogger or a house spray, make sure to remove all pets from the area for the time period specified on the container. If you are uncertain about the usage of any product, contact the manufacturer or your veterinarian to clarify the directions BEFORE use of the product.
- When treating your lawn or garden with fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides, always keep your animals away from the area until the area dries completely. Discuss usage of products with the manufacturer of the products to be used. Always store such products in an area that will ensure no possible pet exposure.
Before you recoil in HORROR about ALL the things can go wrong with a pet in your home…
Let me put your mind more at EASE…
With the possible exceptions of the Plants and some Human Foods, most of these precautions are common sense actions you would probably have taken without ever reading this page…
We just want to give you a little reminder that there are responsibilities that go along with your new family member…!!!
I’ll finish up this page with a list of things that have either happened or almost happened at
our home, and things we’ve read about or that have been told to us by others:
We’ve had teenagers and smaller children forget about the cats and leave the door open too long… Result… Cat outdoors and no one knows it until later. (Everything worked out fine… We found her sitting on the front steps… BUT… We were lucky)
Did you know that an outdoor cat has a life expectancy of about 2 years at most…!!!
We once heard muffled meowing coming from one of the kid’s rooms but when we checked we couldn’t find a cat… Hummm… Upon further investigation and careful listening, we found the little guy in a draw where it had curled up to take a nap when it was left open… Unknowingly the child had taken the uncharacteristic action of closing it… ;-(
MORAL: Help kids become more aware of your new family member…!!!
We used to leave cat toys on strings hanging from various locations around the house until we sat and watched one of our Naked Little Babies make a swipe at one only to have the string wrap around its leg… He couldn't get it unwrapped, and had we not been there he could have been badly injured (possibly lost his leg from his circulation being cut off…)
There is also the possibility it could have wrapped around his little neck…!!! It could also happen with the cords to your blinds… (we now make sure they are also out of reach).
They are also prone to chewing on string, threads, rubber bands, paper clips, bag ties, cigarettes, styrofoam packing, sewing needles and pins, fishing hooks and baits, or most any other small object they run across…
Swallowing any of these objects could lead to a big problem.
MORAL: Remember that innocent looking everyday items have the potential to be dangerous to your cat's/kitten's health and welfare... They ALL look like toys to your cat or kitten...
Here are a few other areas you’ll want to be aware of:
* Open clothes dryers and refrigerators… I guess I can understand a cat wanting to climb into a warm clothes dryer, but, for the life of me, I can figure out why they want to get in the fridge… But it happens… It happens here… (NO… We’ve never closed one in, but we have come close)
* Hide-a-beds, closets, pantry, cabinets, oven are also places that bear watching…!!!
* Don’t allow cats or kitten to get under recliners… They can be killed…!!!
* Keep all plastic bags and wrap out of reach… They can cause suffocation…!!!
* In the bathroom keep BOTH lids down when not being used… It has never happened here, but I have heard stories of cats or kittens falling in and drowning…!!!
* Sometimes cats chew… And something that seems to catch their attention is electric cords… The best defense is awareness and a strong squirt bottle and a loud scary hiss…!!! (some folks purchase plastic cord wraps at their local hardware).
Well, I REALLY do hope this hasn’t frightened you…
But I do hope it has increased your awareness of the attention and responsibilities that come when sharing life with your cat or kitten…
As you can see, having a cat or kitten in your home does involve your supervision,
BUT more importantly…
Common Sense and " YOUR LOVE "…!!!
Intrigue Sphynx Cattery
1100 Woodland Road - Nashville, Michigan 49073 -
Carylen & Gene Spidell
* Proud Sphynx Cat Breeders For Over 10 Years *