THE ANIMAL NETWORK... of Orange County
BRINGING YOUR CAT PET HOME
HAZARDS AT HOME
HOW TO AVOID UNNECESSARY VET BILLS
Copyright The Animal Network of Orange County 2001
CATS AND KITTENS
Dangers may lurk inside your home for your cat or kitten. People often say to play with cats or kittens with string or ribbon... nothing could be more dangerous and costly if they swallow it. If you animal ingests the string or ribbon it could pass through without harm. But, often we see the string or ribbon hanging out of the rectum and pull creating the problem by severing the intestine, or it could cause a blockage and your animal would not be able to excrete.
The safest and wisest thing to do, is not to allow your animal to play with anything string-like.
Open doors slowly and shuffle your feet when you have a kitten in the house. See our rescue kitten "Buttlercup" that had a fractured pelvis and a compressed lumbar vertebrae from her foster daddy opening the bathroom door too fast. Buttercups intensive care giver was the founder of the organization. She can walk now but not without constant 24 hour round the clock care. Most people would not have been able to give the time, or would be willing to get up in the night every two to three hours. So, safety and prevention is a better way to yield caution.
MAKING YOUR NEW CAT FEEL SAFE AT HOME
FEELING SAFE – How To Make Your New Cat Feel At Home
new cat needs to feel “safe”. Do not introduce household pets at
an occupied bedroom. This room is called the “safe” room. You and
your family are the “Safe-Keppers. C.A.N. does “not” suggest using
the bathroom as it is cold and removed from the warmth of the family)
Expect that your new cat may hide. Keep the bedroom door closed. Food,
water and a litter is placed within easy reach of the hiding place. (Your
new pet may not eat or come out for a few days.
FANCY PET FOOD DISHES
FOR LITTER BOX ODOR CONTROL
SAVING MONEY ON BOOSTER SHOTS
"FIP" or "Rabies" vaccines are not recommended for indoor cats as it is unlikely they will be exposed to these. Unless your kitten is sick, there is really no need to see a veterinarian when you get booster shots for your kitten. Many vets offer vaccine clinics, which offer the shots at a significantly lower rate - so don't forget to ask.
PUMPKIN IS NATURAL HAIRBALL REMEDY
simple holistic remedy for constipation that we like to recommend be
used to flush the body of hairballs and stomach acid is canned pumpkin.
Mix pumpkin with equal parts
kitten, or cat food once a week as a hairball remedy. Pumpkin may be
used after adoption to rid your new pet of stomach acid from the
stress of adoption day, a
new environment, or a diet change.