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Protect Your Cat – A Definitive Guide to Poisons in the Home & Garden

housework cat

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 →

A Step-by-Step Guide to Pet First Aid


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.

Health-check list:

Body condition

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 →

A Guide on Feline Cystitis

Cute cat.

Feline Cystitis is part of a group of bladder and urine problems known as FUS (Feline Urological Syndrome). As well as cystitis, FUS encompasses the development of stones in the bladder and the inflammation of the urinary tract. Cystitis itself is the inflammation of the bladder and it can be a very painful experience for cats that develop it; the most common cases are found in young male cats (often those who have not been neutered).


There are various indicators that a cat may be suffering from cystitis or FUS. A common symptom of cystitis is if your cat is having trouble urinating in and around the litter box. You may hear him or her cry whilst trying to do so but with little results. In addition, if your cat starts to urinate in other places around the house then this may be a sign. Other things to look out for are blood in the urine, an increase in thirst, an increase in frequency of urination and excessive licking of the genital area. Continue reading →


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