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First Place in 'Hip To Be Square' Contest' Whoo Hoo! Thank You! ....Tucked away in plain sight, this kitty is sheltered from active children, dogs and adults on this very beautiful Easter weekend. Nose often tucked in the corner of the sill, kitty tries to get at the many rodents nesting and stirring in this old and somewhat refurbished barn. Toxic warnings for cats are listed below!
Photoshop textures layered with added contrasts and colors for interest.In addition to obvious dangers such as rodenticides, insecticides and herbicides, cats may be poisoned by many chemicals that are usually considered safe by pet owners.This is because their livers are less effective at some forms of detoxification than those of many other animals, including humans and dogs.Some of the most common causes of poisoning in cats are antifreeze and rodent baits. It has also been suggested that cats may be particularly sensitive to environmental pollutants.When a cat has a sudden or prolonged serious illness without any obvious cause, it is possible that it has been exposed to a toxin.Many human medicines should never be given to cats. For example, the painkiller paracetamol (also called acetaminophen, sold as Tylenol and Panadol) is extremely toxic to cats: even very small doses need immediate treatment and can be fatal.Even aspirin, which is sometimes used to treat arthritis in cats, is much more toxic to them than to humans and must be administered cautiously. Similarly, application of minoxidil (Rogaine) to the skin of cats, either accidentally or by well-meaning owners attempting to counter loss of fur, has sometimes been fatal.Essential oils can be toxic to cats and there have been reported cases of serious illnesses caused by tea tree oil, including flea treatments and shampoos containing it.Other common household substances that should be used with caution around cats include mothballs and other naphthalene products.Phenol-based products (e.g. Pine-Sol, Dettol (Lysol) or hexachlorophene) are often used for cleaning and disinfecting near cats' feeding areas or litter boxes but these can sometimes be fatal.Ethylene glycol, often used as an automotive antifreeze, is particularly appealing to cats, and as little as a teaspoonful can be fatal.Some human foods are toxic to cats; for example chocolate can cause theobromine poisoning, although (unlike dogs) few cats will eat chocolate. Large amounts of onions or garlic are also poisonous to cats.Many houseplants are also dangerous, such as Philodendron species and the leaves of the Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum), which can cause permanent and life-threatening kidney damage.
March 31st, 2013
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