Dangerous Plants and Products.
Making your Homes Kitten Safe
The most common dangerous things we keep in our house.
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Plants. Lilies AloeAmaryllis (Amaryllis sp.) Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale) Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron sp.) Castor Bean (Ricinus communis) Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum sp.) Cyclamen (Cyclamen sp.) English Ivy (Hedera helix) Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe sp.) Lilies (Lilium sp.) Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) Oleander (Nerium oleander) Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) Spanish thyme (Coleus ampoinicus) Tulip and Narcissus bulbs (Tulipa and Narcissus sp.) Yew (Taxus sp.) Chrysanthemum MarijuanaSelect a stage on the timeline to view more content. Poisonous Plants for CatspetMD Logo Plants Toxic to Cats Cats will chew on plants. And, because they love to climb and explore, it is difficult to keep plants out of their reach. Therefore, if you are going to have plants in your house, or if you let your cat out in your yard, you need to be able to accurately identify the plants to which your cat will be exposed. When in doubt, however, it is best to remove the plant from your home. If a plant is poisonous, assume all parts of the plant are poisonous -- though some parts of the plant may have higher concentrations of the toxic principle than others. Many toxic plants are irritants: they cause inflammation of the skin, mouth, stomach, etc. The toxic principle in other plants may only affect a particular organ like the kidney or heart. The following is a listing of plants that are toxic to cats, as well as the most commonly encountered toxic plants: Amaryllis (Amaryllis sp.) Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale) Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron sp.) Castor Bean (Ricinus communis) Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum sp.) Cyclamen (Cyclamen sp.) English Ivy (Hedera helix) Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe sp.) Lilies. (All) Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) Oleander (Nerium oleander) Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) Spanish thyme (Coleus ampoinicus) Tulip and Narcissus bulbs (Tulipa and Narcissus sp.) Yew (Taxus sp.)Mistletoe Rhododendron Tulip WHAT TO WATCH FOR Since many plants are irritants, especially for the gastrointestinal tract, most symptoms seen will be the result of irritation or inflammation, such as redness, swelling, or itchiness of the skin or mouth. If the toxic principle directly affects a particular organ, the symptoms seen will be related to that organ. For example: Difficulty breathing (if the airways are affected) Drooling or difficulty swallowing (if the mouth, throat, or esophagus is affected) Vomiting (if the stomach or intestines are affected) Diarrhea (if the intestines or colon are affected) Excessive drinking and urinating (if the kidneys are affected) Fast, slow, or irregular heart beat (if the heart is affected) IMMEDIATE CARE If you see your cat eating a plant and you are uncertain if it is poisonous, or if you suspect your cat ate such a plant within the past 1 to 2 hours, you can do the following before you take him to your veterinarian: Remove any plant material from the hair and skin. If it necessary, you can wash the cat with warm water and a little non-irritating dish soap. The identity of the plant is very important for determining treatment. If you don’t know what kind of plant it is and you can bring it with you, do so. Veterinarians don’t receive much training in plant identification, but every effort needs to be made to identify the plant. If your cat has vomited at all, try to collect some it for the doctor. Call the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-213-6680. VETERINARY CARE Diagnosis The best diagnosis is made by identifying the plant. Your veterinarian will give your cat a physical exam, and order such tests as necessary to determine the overall health of your cat. These tests are especially necessary if the plant is known to target specific organs. Treatment Once your cat has vomited, your veterinarian may give him activated charcoal to absorb any of the toxic principle that may be in the gut. Your vet may administer medication like sucralfate, which protects the damaged areas of the stomach. Supportive care, such as intravenous fluids or anti-inflammatory medication will be used as needed, especially if the gastrointestinal tract is severely affected. LIVING AND MANAGEMENT Some plants are fatal for cats when ingested, regardless of how quickly and excellent the care may be. This is usually true of lilies. Other plants may cause enough damage that prolonged aftercare in the form of medication or special diet is needed. Be sure to follow your veterinarian’s instructions. PREVENTION Take whatever steps you can to protect your cat from exposure to poisonous plants. This includes removing such plants from your home and yard. There are some fantastic imitation plants and flowers on the market which will cost alot less than the vets bill. And the plants will only need to be washed! For an extensive listing on cat friendly and not visit the link attached below. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/cats-plant-list
Human Food Alcohol Chives Chocolate Grapes Onions Raisins
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Household products to take caution with.
Bengal kittens are very inquisitive and incredibly persistent, especially when they have just moved into their new home and house rules have not all been learnt. Often you will find your kitten scooting through doors left a little open, rummaging through your shopping, bins and handbags
Sticking their noses into everything and having a nibble on things that interest the nose senses (which are 40% better than humans) is just a part of being a kitten. Sadly this curiosity can be seriously dangerous and taking necessary precaution can save your kitten a visit to the vets and you the bill.
When your new kitten arrives home is very important to watch your kittens interest levels and take action to prevent potential problems arises. If your kitten is adamant it's going to check what you bought at the supermarket, think what is in that bag that could harm it.
Generally the kitten will be hunting for an extra special treat i.e. your chicken dinner but mistakes happen and instead it could bite or rip open a dangerous product.
Common household products .
De-icing salts (which pets may walk through, then lick from their pads)
Dog flea and tick medication (pills, collars, sprays, shampoos)
Insect and rodent baitBelow are a few more common products which are poisonous to cats. For a more in-depth list of human foods, please read here:
Nail polish and remover
Pyrethrin and Pyrethroid
Welcoming your kitten to its new home.
Bringing your kitten home is obviously very exciting and showing it off is totally understandable!
When other pets live in the home it is very important to make sure they are receiving as much time as their new friend. This will help them, not become jealous but pick each other scent off you too.
On your journey home talk to your kitten to get it relate to your voice.
It is important that your house keeps calm when the kitten arrives as its whole life has just changed and it will be working out its new situation. Too much excitement and noise could make your kitten run for a hiding place and remain there for days. This can be stressful for the kitten and you. This can be avoided by giving more thought to your kittens feelings.
We recommend that you do not give your kitten free roam of the whole house but just one room such a living room until they are certain they are safe and loved.
First open the carrier and see if your kitten is brave enough to explore. If it is, then place your kitten into its litterbox and show it its food area and sleeping igloo. If your kitten is shy about coming out after 30 minutes, I would gentle brace it and get it out then give it love, kisses and gentle toned words. Then when you feel it’s starting to trust you go through the same procedure as mentioned above.
When you have fed your kitten, it is likely within half an hour the litter box will be used. If you think you kitten is about to have an accident place it straight away into litterbox and keep returning it there until you believe you misread your cat’s intentions. Better to be safe than sorry and keep reminding the cat where the box is located.
Your kitten may cry for the first 48 hours or hide in small, dark spaces just keep on with building confidence into kitten that it can trust you and mean no harm. Never ignore a Bengal hiding away for long periods on the belief “It will come out in its own good time” as this can lead to more problems. Always encourage what you want to see balance positive minded behaviour.
The settling in period could take as much as a month although more likely a week given the right attention.
Introducing other pets to your kitten.
Ask and friend to share this time with you so if you panic you have immediate help. Tell your friend what you are most worried about and how you would like a problem to be handled.
For the first few days never leave the animals together unsupervised.
Put your kitten into a safe situation and bring the other animal into the room.
It’s very likely they will sniff each other and a bit of hissing will happen. At this point both animals should be spoken to in a reassuring, loving manner.
After a short period if you feel it’s right, let them potter around together. Again, don’t be too concerned about hissing and even a few paws being raised. Keep repeating this process every few hours over a few days, longer if necessary making sure both animals are getting the same amount of attention.
Playing games with both at the same time is a great way to take your pets mind of each other and back to the fun times.
Bengals are very active, intelligent and can be quite persistent. It is important not to ignore your kitten as it will find its own ways to occupy itself. I have listed some toys below that will help stop boredom along with some time shared with you. Do not encourage your kitten to play too rough or to bite as this could escalate into the cat harming you. By laying down the rules at a young age no confusion is made. Be firm, fair and consistent with your kitten from the very beginning, so they know what behaviour is acceptable and what is not. Reward them with love or treats for impressive behaviour.
Feeding them together should be fine, but if you are worried it’s causing a problem, separate their bowls so they are few feet apart but can still see each other. This way they can get their food and watch each other.
What to buy and from where?
If you would rather use different food, we would strongly advise this is gradually changed as Bengal kittens have very sensitive tummies. Try one new food every 4 - 5 days. Check the litter box status continually as clumping litters could mislead you.
With regards to the litter, two litters should be offered until your kitten is regularly using the new product. These changes could take a 2-4 weeks.
Bengals need toys! They love to chase and toss balls, stalk, plan and then launch on flying feathers, scooting up and down activity scratching posts and charging after the laser light
Recommended toys and where to buy them! Remember Bengals are strong and very active so will appreciate toys. They need to be robust and it’s worth spending more for quality.
Flushable corn based litter in hooded litters. Bitiba
Raw meats from Natures Menu
20% Royal Canin kitten biscuits. Pet Planet
Bottled water only, no milk
Scratching Post. There are some fabulous ones on Zooplus.
Kong toys like Kickeroo, available on Zooplus.
Da-bird toys. Feather teasers on extension rods. Purrs in our hearts
Foil crinkle cat balls available at Pets at Home
Sleeping igloos/wigwam Pet Planet
Cat Wheels. by “One Fast Cat” , available on Pet Planet
Please don’t forget you committed to giving your kitten a good life, it’s very likely to be worried it went on a car journey and lost everything it knew about life. Your kitten needs you and in due course will reward you with love, loyalty and laughter.
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