Kittens are so cute, aren’t they?
Put a bow around their neck and they make the purr-fect gift, right?
Puppies, too; tails wagging so hard they almost fall over.
Then there’s the cute Easter Bunny, hopping around. The look of surprised happiness on the little kids when a real, live bunny hops out on Easter!
Top Four Easter Hazards for Pets
As many families prepare to celebrate Easter this weekend, it’s important to keep in mind that this spring holiday may pose potential hazards for our furry friends. Before you hide eggs in your yard and decorate your home, please read the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s (APCC) list of the top four most common Easter dangers:
1. Chocolate. The APCC received an average 37 calls a day regarding pets eating chocolate in 2015. Most of those exposures occurred around holidays: Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter. Chocolate can cause gastrointestinal upset, pancreatitis, stimulation to the nervous system (hyperactivity, tremors and seizures) and elevation in heart rate. Not all chocolate is created equally—the darker the chocolate, the less it takes to cause problems for pets.Other ingredients to keep out of your pet’s reach include raisins, macadamia nuts, xylitol and alcohol.
2. Plastic Easter Grass. While pets cannot absorb plastic Easter grass into their bodies, when consumed, this plastic material can become lodged in the gastrointestinal tract and wreak havoc. Signs for concern include vomiting, diarrhea, decrease in appetite, lethargy, and stomach pain.
3. Plants. Many plants can cause issues for pets, but during this time of year, the APCC sees an uptick in calls about Lilies and bulbs that bloom in spring. Lilies (Lilium sp and Hemerocallis sp) can cause serious concerns for our feline friends. Exposure to any parts of the plant can result in kidney injury and gastrointestinal upset.
4. Fertilizers and Herbicides.Warmer weather brings gardening and yardwork. Many pet parents will use fertilizers and herbicides in their yards, and while these don’t often cause serious problems, it is best to keep pets indoors while applying the products, follow label instructions and wait to let your pet out again until the product has been watered in or the ground is dry.
Please visit our APCC section to find out more about items that could be poisonous to your furry friends. APCC is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency—24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.
Declawing is literally ripping the nail out at the root.
An indoor cat might get out.
An indoor cat might become an outdoor cat (it happened to my precious Fluffy).
Cat scratching furniture? Try giving them something else to claw. No need to buy an expensive version, you can make one with rug scraps (make sure theyre cat safe!) and wood, or buy a cardboard version at the dollar store. A little cat nip sprinkled on it will get your cat where you want him/her. Be sure to praise them when you see them clawing the scratching post!
Another technique is a water spritzer, like the kind used for watering plants or doing hair, also available at dollar stores. Fill with clean water. When you see kitty scratching, sternly say, “no”, and give them a light misting (not the direct spray). Then direct them over to what you do want them to scratch.
It’s also important to keep your cats nails trimmed — not cut. Have the vet show you how. This will help keep them from scratching, too.
Above all, DO NOT DECLAW!
I am proud to live in what might be the first state to ban declawing. Yay New York!
Best news I’ve had in over a week…
Let me tell you a little bit about The Write Practice:
The Write Practice is one of those blogs that you simply must follow. They have more than one writer, and cover an array if topics that are easy to relate to if you are a writer (or would like to be one or, heck, just know a writer). They have tips, ideas, suggestions, you name it. The writers are all very nice and answer you personally. (No, I doubt they will write your novel for you.)
Best of all, I might be able to offer you a post containing an interview if sorts (OK, she said she’d answer some questions but I’m running with that!) with one of their writers! Granted, this was before Nikita the Cat got sick, needing surgery; my son had his vacation and got sick; I got what my son has *cough, cough*; my dad had surgery (just got out after ten hours); etc. I haven’t even been on social media — not that I’m on much, but I have messages to *achoo* respond to.
Originally, I had asked if I could simply do a post linking a few of their posts. Normally, if I like a blog, I will repost something of theirs and hope that you will follow the link. No offence to the other wonderful blogs I follow, but with The Write Practice, I simply could not choose one.
With all that is going on right now, I will leave you with a post written by my favourite type of writer: a feline. Enjoy!
In the U.S. we have gold (not real gold but real currency) dollar coins. I give my son a couple of those pretending that they’re fairy gold. You can get them from the MTA in NYC. Or I check with local stores and ask if I can buy any gold dollars they have. I try to keep a couple on hand just in case of emergency tooth loss.
Once I was caught without enough coins when my son found the three teeth he’d lost during his stay with his two dads. He received an IOU note written with letters that all had swirls and spirals on each letter (my hand was so sore the next day!) explaining that the Tooth Fairy Assistant 544237 was unable to give him all the money that was owed for the teeth and she would return the following night. It used up all of the ink in my glitter tattoo pens but it was worth it to see his face! The following day he awoke to the rest of his fairy gold coins plus another letter from the Tooth Fairy herself. (I had to ice my hand after that letter!)
For those who don’t know, fairies can take something like a leaf and make it look like real money using glamour. Humans have to spend it that day or it will turn back into it’s original form.
I’ll be asking my doctor about this next week. Thank you, M.M. for the link.