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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Cat Care Tips on Tuesday

"Curiosity killed the cat." Sadly, there is a great deal of truth to this old adage. We cats are insatiably curious and love to explore new places including anything new that is brought into the house. Sometimes this leads to tragedy.

This weekend, I was exploring my bean's mobile den (a.k.a. the metal monster, or the car) while she was offloading groceries. Happily my bean kept an eye on me and was careful not to shut me up in the car when she was finished. Here in Florida, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise swiftly at any time of the year, and unconsciousness and death from heath exhaustion can happen quickly. That is also why you should never leave an an unattended animal (or child for that matter) in a vehicle.

There was a sad story about a cat not to long ago get trapped in a window seat during a house party. When the humans are entertaining guests, it probably wise to confine yourself to a bedroom during the festivities, even if you are a very social cat. Ask the human to provide you with a litter box, food and water and keep the door to the room shut during the party so that other humans may not inadvertently injure you.

While you are snoopervising places in the household, it is good to do so with your human caretaker close by so that if you should get trapped someplace, they can come and get you out. There was another terrible story in the news yesterday about a young human girl who climb into a washing machine and her baby brother switch it on. Maybe she think it would a fun ride, but she died very quickly after being trapped in the machine only 4 minutes. Very good idea to say clear of laundry washing and drying machines, as well as the dish washing machines, the stove and the 'fridge. (Although it is okay to jump to the top of the 'fridge to survey the house as long as you are careful when you are up high.

When new things are brought into the house, be sure that bags - especially plastic bags and picked up and put away quickly. Playing in the bags might seem like fun, but they can quickly suffocate you if they get trapped around your neck. Enjoy boxes or paper bags, but not the plastic ones.

Always take care that there are no toxic substances around the house that you might sample as well. Every of those strange chemicals that humans seem to favor for cleaning and the like should be kept out of you reach. Paper shredding machines need to be turned off (not set to automatic) and better yet, unplugged when not in use to prevent accidents.

A safe home is a happy home, so getting you human to reconnoiter the house and take care of any potential troublesome areas where you might get trapped is a great idea.
Get them to do it today!


Daisy said...

That is some very, very good advice, Diamond. Whenever there is a group of people over here (like when my Daddie has poker night), I get shut up in the master bedroom with all my food and litter box and toys. It's a little bit fun.

meemsnyc said...

thank you for the good advice, we wouldn't want any kitty to be hurt.

Sunny's Mommy said...

Those are good tips. I have to make sure nothing is dropped on the floor that Sunny could ingest. He's a hoover-er and will eat anything he finds on the floor.

The Island Cats said...

Thanks for reminding us of these things! Our mom is always careful that we don't get into stuff we're not suppose to.

The OP Pack said...

Very good common sense, but these days, sadly it is lacking among many of beans. Your advice serves dogowners well too.

Woos, the OP Pack

Cory said...

My mom says supervising us is a full time job...but she likes it!

VampyVictor said...

This is a very good post yet again Miss Diamond!
My Momma calls it "baby proofing" the home.
Even down to turning the coffee mugs upside down inthe sink till they are cleaned so little whiskers don't get in...
I thinks my Momma goes to the extreme, she is so paranoid of us getting locked in anywhere she does hourly "checking in" with us so she knows we are ok.. and you know what.. lucky she does because we still do zip past her into cupboards and stuff... we is quick little buggers when there is something to investigate hehehe