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Leon is our clinic cat. Born on 5-1-04, Leon joined our practice after surviving major intestinal surgery when he was just 3 months old. He’s been the Top Cat here at Arlington Cat Clinic ever since. In addition to overseeing all the goings on here, Leon is a blood donor for our patients in need of blood. He also helps teach clients how to administer pills and fluids to cats in need. Leon loves to be petted and enjoys his treats – but like many of his feline friends, he is now on a diet, so a quick scratch behind the ears is preferred over food treats when you visit.
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Between Easter and Passover celebrations, homes are filled with lots of items of interest to curious cats. The days following the holidays often present opportunities for cats to get into things as families go back to work and school and leave cats home alone to explore. A lot of cat owners don’t think about this, but many holiday items are really dangerous for cats. Please take a moment to look over this list and be sure to keep these dangerous items out of the reach of my feline friends.
- Lilies: Lilies are extremely dangerous to cats. In fact, they are so dangerous that our veterinarians suggest that lilies not be allowed in homes with cats. All parts of the lily, including the leaves, pollen and even the water the lily is stored in, are poisonous to cats. Time is of the essence in treating a cat that has consumed even a small part of a lily. If your cat is in contact with lilies, call us at Arlington Cat Clinic or an emergency veterinarian immediately. Our cool new infographic provides more information about lilies and cats.
- Easter grass, plastic eggs, toys, decorations and candy wrappings: Most of us cats are curious and like to explore just about anything new we find in the house. Unfortunately, that includes that bright, shiney Easter grass, plastic eggs, toys, decorations and candy wrappings. Easter grass is especially enticing. Unfortunately, sometimes we swallow it and require surgery to remove the item because it caused an obstruction in our intestines. Symptoms of obstruction include vomiting, bloating and diarrhea. Obstruction is an emergency, so if you think your cat swallowed something it shouldn’t and is showing these signs, call us immediately. If it’s after hours, please contact a veterinary emergency center.
- Chocolate – Most cats are discerning eaters, and generally won’t eat chocolate, but there is the occasional exception – usually a kitten! Chocolate is toxic to pets and can make a cat (or dog) seriously ill. Chocolate contains caffeine and the chemical theobromine. The darker the chocolate, the greater its toxicity to cats. Baking chocolate, used in cakes, cupcakes and cookies, is especially toxic to pets. If your pet consumes chocolate, contact Arlington Cat Clinic, a pet poison hotline or an emergency veterinary hospital immediately.
- Visitors – Not me, but many cats love to run out the door when visitors come and go. Please be sure your cats are safely away from the door when welcoming or saying goodbye to visitors. Too often, a bolt out the door means a run into traffic – and that doesn’t usually end well.
I hope these tips help keep your cats and kittens safe and that you and your family enjoy the spring holidays. Personally, I’m hoping for an extra treat!