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Cat Crazy Newsletter

Tuesday January 15, 2007    

 

With winter here, we have our winter clothes out, we have weatherproofed our homes and are trying to stay warm. In addition, we also need to make sure that we have a safe environment for our cats.

What are outdoor threats to cats?

Some products that are used in the cold, icy wintertime have the potential to cause injury or illness to our pets.

Here are some possible things that can cause problems.

* Ice melts and salt, if ingested, can result in significant gastrointestinal inflammation. Cats will walk on sidewalks, etc., pick up salt on their feet and later, clean their paws and ingest the ice melt. One way to prevent ingestion of salts and ice melts is to clean off your cat’s feet after coming indoors.

* Prolonged exposure to cold weather, especially accompanied by high winds, can lower the body temperature and result in frostbite.

* Antifreeze spills can be very dangerous. Just a small amount ingested by a cat is all it takes to cause poisoning and possibly death.

* Pets walking across ice-covered lakes have been known to fall through the ice and become submerged in freezing water. Drowning is likely if the cat does not receive rapid assistance.

Please be safe.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon

P.S. As you work to keep your kitty safe, make sure you can care for him or her in case of an emergency.

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January 18, 2008 - Posted by | Feline Health

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