March 20th is the first day of Spring, bringing with it longer days, warmer (we hope) temperatures and Spring flowers.
With Easter around the corner, it's important to note that Lilies are highly toxic to cats. The leaves, pollen and flower of lily plants can make your cat extremely sick and can even be fatal. Some signs of lily toxicity are loss of appetite, vomiting, lethargy and liver failure.
According to the ASPCA, some varieties of lilies are also toxic to dogs and include lily of the valley, calla lily, peace lily or palm lily (which is the houseplant Dracaena). Dogs who have ingested these lilies may experience stomach upset, tremors and depression.
A few other popular Spring blooms are also dangerous. These include Daffodils (otherwise known as paper whites, narcissus or jonquils), Tulips and Azaleas. Daffodils and Tulips contain poisonous alkaloids that can cause drooling, intense vomiting, convulsions, diarrhea and heart problems. If the leaves of the Azaleas are ingested, they can cause loss of appetite, stomach upset, weakness, leg paralysis, central nervous system depression, cardiovascular collapse and death.
If you suspect your pet has plant/flower toxicity, seek immediate veterinary attention.
Pay careful attention to the type of plants/flowers you bring indoors or plant outside. There are a number of attractive plants that are non-toxic to pets. Consider African Violet, Rose, Begonia or Easter Daisy, to name just a few.
We are often asked if it is really necessary to bathe a cat.
Did you know that allergy to cats is extremely common, occurring in up to 25 percent of people with allergies. Cat allergy is more common than allergy to dogs, which may be related to the potency of cat hair and dander as an allergen as well as the fact that cats are not generally bathed.
Cats are pretty self-sufficient when it comes to cleaning themselves, however there are times when self-grooming just won’t do the trick. Professional, consistent grooming will remove dead hair and dander and help to alleviate cat allergy. Other reasons for bathing kitty? She may have rolled in something that is tough to remove (such as soot, motor oil or dirt from that potted plant she just tipped over). Or, perhaps kitty has a medical condition that limits her ability to groom herself. It’s not an easy task to bathe a feline, especially when s/he scratches or bites, so oftentimes it is best left to a professional groomer.
Our cleaning system involves spraying a pet with an environment friendly Pure Oxygen solution as we brush him. The brush-like wand attachment then vacuums up all the cat dander, hair, dirt and odors. This system uses only about one gallon of water, and, since most of the cleaning solution is immediately vacuumed up, kitty will be mostly dry even before he is fluff dried. Most cats really love this system, since it feels just like being brushed and they never get soaking wet. Pet parents love it too, since it is more effective at removing allergens than dunking kitty in a tub of water.
Nail trims are automatically done as part of your grooming appointment, but a cat’s nails are obviously going to need to be trimmed more often than he needs bathing. Nails should be trimmed every three to four weeks. If you’re a cat parent, you’re probably aware of when kitty needs a nail trim simply because of the scratch factor – on your furniture, on yourself…. You get the picture.
Zoomin Groomin can help. We do offer nail trim appointments for cats and will come to you. And, for senior cats or cats with ailments, or particularly nervous cats or any pet who is most comfortable remaining in their own 'space', we do personal in-home grooming.
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Kitten's claws are incredibly sharp, so sharp in fact that even the tiniest scratch to your skin can be quite painful.
What to do? Many cat owners shy away from trimming their kitten's nails.
But, it is okay to trim your kitten's nails, and by doing so, it will help keep kitty's nails from catching on everything - upholstery, curtains, pant legs, etc.
It will also protect your and your family members' skin from scratches and the potential transmission of "cat scratch fever" (or Cat Scratch Disease) which is an actual human illness contracted from a scratch due to the bacteria under a cat/kitten's claw. Kittens are more likely to transmit it because the bacteria may be carried in their blood. Some signs of cat scratch fever in humans are swollen lymph nodes, fever, backache and headache. The illness usually resolves itself, but complications may occur in people with compromised immune systems.
When clipping kitty's claws, be sure to use nail trimmers meant for cats and dogs. Make sure the trimmers are not dull because they will not give you a clean cut of the nail tip and instead will bend or crush your kitten's nail. This can be very painful for your kitten. It will also take longer to trim the claws if the trimmers are dull. Avoid cutting the nails too short, into the quick (which is the pink part of the nail). You're just trying to get rid of the razor sharp nail tips. If you cut the nail to the quick, it will bleed and cause your kitten pain.
Note that your kitten's claws grow much faster than a cat's claws. In fact, you may need to trim them as often as every week or every other week.
If you are still reticent about trimming your kitten's claws, just give us a call.