Christmas Food Guidelines For Cats (Safe & Toxic List)

Christmas turkey

For many, part of the enjoyment of Christmas is time spent with family and friends over Christmas lunch or dinner. As pet owners, we want to include our cats in the festivities, but not all food is safe for cats to eat. We take a look at common Christmas foods which are safe or dangerous for cats.

When it comes to food, moderation is the key. Treats should make up no more than 10% of a cat’s diet as they are not complete and balanced and many contain empty calories.

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Cat Themed Health and Awareness Days – January to December 2020

Cat health and awareness days 2020

January 2020 2nd January – Happy Mew Years Day 2nd January – National Pet Safety Travel Day (US) 14th January – National Dress Up Your Cat Day (US) 22nd January – Answer Your Cat’s Question Day 24th January – Change a Pet’s Life Day Glaucoma Awareness Month Thyroid Awareness Month (US) February 2020 4th February – … Read more Cat Themed Health and Awareness Days – January to December 2020

Cat Tail Language – What Your Cat’s Tail Is Telling You

Cat tail language

Cat tail language

A cat’s tail can tell us a lot about how the cat is feeling and is a valuable communication tool not only between cats but also to communicate emotions to humans.

Paying attention to the cat’s tail is just one part of a larger picture. The position of the body, eyes and whiskers, as well as vocalisations (meowing, hissing, purring, chirping), are also important clues as to how the cat is feeling.

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Can Cats Eat Bananas?

Can cats eat bananas?

Can cats eat bananas?

Bananas are non-toxic to cats and safe for a cat to eat in moderation. [1]

Bananas are rich in vitamin B6, manganese, vitamin C, potassium and dietary fibre. However, because cats have evolved to consume a meat diet, they are not able to digest plant material as effectively as omnivores and herbivores.

Snacks should make up no more than 10% of a cat’s diet. Cats are obligate carnivores which means they need to consume meat to survive as they are unable to manufacture some vitamins, amino acids and fatty acids and must obtain them in their pre-formed state from the meat and organs they consume. Some cats do enjoy the additional non-meat treats including fruit, vegetables, eggs, cheese and yoghurt.

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Why Do Cats Have To Fast Before Surgery?

Close up shot of cat

Sometimes an image gives me an idea, and the photo below inspired this article. The photo below is a cat who vomited after anesthesia and surgery and illustrates why veterinarians ask pet owners to withhold food for several hours before a scheduled surgery. While possibly confronting to some, I wanted to show the consequences of eating in the hours leading up to scheduled surgery.

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Foreign Body in a Cat’s Eye – How Is It Treated?

Foreign body in a cat's eye

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About:

An ocular foreign body can be present on the cornea, protrude through the cornea or penetrate the eye. Common foreign objects include grass seeds, thorns and splinters.

Symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Blinking
  • Redness
  • Rubbing the eye
  • Excessive watering

Treatment:

Flushing the object from the surface of the cornea, forceps or in some cases, surgery.

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Medical Problems Which Can Masquerade As Bad Behaviour In Cats

Medical problems which masquerade as bad behaviour in cats

At a glance

About: Several diseases can lead to changes which pet owners may put down to bad behaviour, this highlights the importance of a thorough medical evaluation for any cat displaying undesirable behaviour to determine if there is a medical cause.

What kind of behaviours can be caused by disease?

  • Going to the toilet outside the litter tray
  • Overgrooming which can lead to baldness
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Aggression
  • Excessive crying

Causes:

  • Neurological disturbances
  • Oral pain
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Urinary tract diseases
  • Arthritis
  • Skin diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Pica
  • Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (senility)

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