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I am an animal rescuer.
I will save lives. I will lose lives.
I will make wise decisions.I will make mistakes.
I will be surrounded by people who understand what I do and how I feel.
I will be criticized by those who do not understand.
I will rejoice when each homeless huggable finds a new forever family.
I will suffer through days when I cannot get those lost out of my mind.
I am an animal rescuer.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

It's spring. What is wrong with my cat?

Spring is in the air in many parts of the country.  Blooms and greens are  everywhere. Everyone knows cats love their plants. How many times have you seen your cat uprooting your flower pot or rolling in the grass? maybe even taking a bite every now and then?

Some plants and flowers if eaten can cause some symptoms like excessive drooling, vomiting and diarrhea, nausea, upset stomach and pain. Other plants can cause death.

Do you have any of these plants around? This is a partial list of common garden plants that can be deadly to cats:

  • Amaryllis
  • Autumn crocus
  • Azalea/Rhodendron
  • Black Locust
  • castor Bean
  • Cyclamen
  • Foxglove
  • Kalanchoe
  • larkspur
  • Lily(all types)
  • monkshood
  • Oleander
  • Sago palm
  • Yew
Severe vomiting, bloody stools, damage to the stomach lining, liver and kidney damage or failure, respiratory failure, heart problems, coma and death are the more serious signs of plant toxicity.
If you think your cat has been poisoned from a plant, call your vet right away. If you do not know the name of the plant, take it with you to the vet.
Put the number to your vet and poison control where you can always find it!

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