Christmas Safety Tips

  1. Poinsettia: This red-leafed plant doesn’t actually live up to all the hype — it’s actually only mildly toxic. However, even mild toxicity can be fatal when combined with other conditions. Better safe than sorry.
  2. Mistletoe: While the mistletoe may be a symbol of merry-making, it’s toxic if swallowed — but not as toxic as once believed. Again — better safe than sorry!
  3. Holly: Holly berries may be the most attractive to cats, but the leaves, bark, and seeds are just as poisonous. The effect of holly on cats is similar to that of caffeine and chocolate.
  4. Amaryllis: Less common than the other plants on this list, amaryllis causes abdominal pain and convulsions, so keep an eye out for it!
  5. Pine needles: Probably the least of your concerns here, pine needles may cause harm if swallowed, puncturing intestines or stomach lining. The tree oils might irritate mucous membranes, but just keeping your tree area tidy should prevent any problems.

Signs of poisoning may be:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Coma
  • Convulsions
  • Diarrhea
  • Drooling
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Labored breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Swollen limbs
  • Vomiting

If you suspect your cat may have been poisoned, please seek immediate medical attention.

Sleep Time 💤💤

Kittens have a well-deserved reputation of being curious, fluffy balls of energy, but after bringing home a new cuddly kitty, you may find yourself alarmed to learn how much a kitten actually sleeps. Cats of all ages are known to enjoy catching their ZZZs, but young felines log more catnaps than grown cats, snoozing up to 20 hours a day or more.

Just How Much Sleep?
If you have recently welcomed your home to a new kitten, a good rule of thumb to remember is the younger the kitten, the more sleep they need. A newborn kitten’s daily routine is made up of sleeping 90 percent of the time — that is almost 22 hours of shuteye! As kittens mature beyond the newborn stage, they will sleep less; but even at six months of age they still manage to spend about 16 to 20 hours a day dozing and dreaming away.

Why So Much Sleep?
Though it may not appear so, while your new kitten has peacefully nodded off, his body is hard at work. Development of his brain and central nervous system is dependent upon these frequent catnaps. Time spent snoozing in young kittens tones and strengthens the muscles and bones that give this species its athleticism and grace. Sleep even keeps your kitten’s immune system in tip-top shape. Without enough sleep, your kitten will become irritable and even at risk for infections and illness.

Seemingly continuous sleep in kittens also has evolutionary roots. Your cuddly kitten’s ancestors were predators on the African plains who slept most of the day and hunted for short periods to conserve energy. Your new kitten’s sleep patterns still reflect this. Sleeping much of the day away kept defenseless young wildcats safe in their nest, quiet and undetected by predators.

Problems In Dreamland
While the number of hours kittens sleep may seem excessive to new kitten owners, oversleeping in kittens is usually not cause to worry. If you notice your sleepy kitten seems to be low on energy when he is awake or if the amount he sleeps increases, this can indicate a medical problem, such as anemia. Anemia is a condition in which the body doesn’t have enough red blood cells; it can be very dangerous to a kitten. Kittens with fleas are particularly at risk. If you suspect your kitten has anemia, check his gums. If his gums are pale, it is a sign he may be anemic and you should seek veterinary care immediately.

Day 100 – Last kitten post 😓

Today Nila was last to be collect by her forever family. I know they will love her as much as we have….

…Day 100 will be the last Maddison kitten post, the last fur baby has flown the nest 😕 I will still post photos/videos and information…..I want to thank all new owners for believing in us and let everyone know that we have enjoyed every moment. We appreciate all our supporters who have followed us on our journey…..till next time! xx

 

 

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