Whilst it is clear to see how specially trained animals (such as assistance dogs) can benefit their owners, it is perhaps not so obvious to a non-pet owner how amazing normal pets are and how owning one can bring a wealth of benefits and enrichment into your life. Let’s take a look at the benefits of owning a pet and why cats and dogs become a vital member of the family.
One of the best things about having an animal friend in your life is companionship. Pets are always there for you without judging who you are or what you do. They enjoy being looked after and hold unconditional love and loyalty for their owners. They also enjoy having you as a companion as much as, if not more than, you do. They provide companionship for all kinds of different people in different situations, whether it is for a person living on their own or for a family a pet is always there. Continue reading →
Due to their curious disposition cats can sometimes ingest hazardous substances that are poisonous and potentially life-threatening. Whilst it is true that they will not eat almost anything (a personality trait common with dogs), their fastidious nature means that they will lick anything off of their coat when grooming themselves.
What Household Products Can Poison Cats?
- Products used for cleaning including bleach, concentrated washing liquids/powders, disinfectants, polish and sprays.
- Personal hygiene products including creams, deodorants and perfume.
- Beauty products such as nail polish and remover, hair dye and suntan lotion.
- Medicinal products for humans including antidepressants, aspirin, laxatives and paracetamol, which is actually very dangerous for cats.
- Products used for decorating the house such as paint, paint remover, varnish, wood preservatives and white spirit.
- Vehicle supplies including antifreeze, brake fluid, de-icers, petrol and screen washes.
- There are many other things around the house that can be poisonous for your pet so it is important to be as vigilant as possible and aware of what you are leaving out.
- Pesticides such as insect killers (insecticides), slug pellets (molluscicides) and rat/mouse killers (rodenticides); when it comes to pesticides, rodenticides are the most common cause of poisoning in cats. Continue reading →
You should routinely check your animal carefully and systematically for possible early signs of illness. Just remember that some animals are very good at hiding ill health or pain, so you need to be vigilant when it comes to pet first aid.
When you run your hands over your pet check its weight and any strange lumps and bumps. Checking will enable you to notice any changes that may occur over time and alert you to possible weight loss or gain, which can sometimes indicate underlying health problems and should always be checked by your vet. Continue reading →