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I Am Sure You Want To Know That Today is National Cat Day!

Did you know that today is National Cat Day?  I sure didn’t, but that is what Martha Stewart announced on Facebook. I learn so much from Martha!

She gives a link to an article about the favorite 18 breeds available in America.    http://www.marthastewart.com/1004216/meow-mix?xsc=SOC_FB_catday_102913&Facebook%20URLs=&Twitter%20URLs=&?xsc=SOC_FB_campaign_date   Which is your favorite?  I really love all cats; at least I thought I did until I looked at some of the photos.  I guess this is a case where beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

But, of course, you know my favorite is the Siberian and I really don’t think I am prejudiced!  I mean look at this baby:

Lily

Do you know who this is?  What is your guess?  I will give you a hint.  Jim flies to Pennsylvania on Thursday and back on Friday!

On a more serious note, Halloween is in just a couple of days.  I have taken the liberty of copying excerpts from an article written by . I hope you will take the time to read this and follow the suggestions for keeping your pets safe.

  • Continual doorbell ringing and people at the door (in costume, no less!) can be stressful for a pet. Some pets may experience stress-related diarrhea or potentially injure themselves if crated or otherwise contained. Keep your pet in a quiet and safe place on Halloween.
  • Strangers in costume – some animals may become unexpectedly aggressive or fearful, even normally friendly pets.
  • Candles and Jack-O’-Lanterns within a pet’s range are a fire hazard. Wagging tails and frightened cats zooming through the house can easily tip over a candle or carved pumpkin, causing burns or a fire.
  • Keep your pets indoors on Halloween night, especially black cats. Animals are at risk for cruel treatment by some Halloween pranksters. Many adoption agencies and humane societies will not allow adoption of black cats around Halloween for this reason.
  • Candy – For many people, Halloween = candy. Many pets have a sweet tooth. Please warn children not to share their goodies with the family pet.

 Candy Concerns Candies, gums, mints, baked goods and chocolate containing the “sugar free” sweetener xylitol are especially poisonous, causing rapid hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and liver failure in dogs and possibly other species (ferrets).

Chocolate is toxic to pets. Granted, a 50 pound dog would have to eat about 50 ounces of milk chocolate (but only 5 ounces of baking chocolate) for a toxic dose, but much smaller amounts can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Signs of chocolate toxicity include tremors, nervousness, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, and in severe cases, seizures and death. If you suspect that your pet has eaten chocolate, consult your veterinarian.

Other candies, such as lollipops and those with plastic components, pose a danger if ingested.  Lollipop sticks and plastic parts can cause intestinal obstruction and potentially rupture the intestines, which is a life-threatening emergency.

For those of you who are our pet parents, you know how much your Siberian wants to be a part of everything.  If you have an open candy bowl, he or she will have to peek inside to see what it is all about.  Use one that has a lid the intelligent Siberian can’t figure out how to open!

Keep your pets safe and enjoy a fun Halloween.

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  1. We can’t wait until the kittens are born in mid November! Let us know when they arrive, thanks so much!

    Jennifer and Andrew Roussin

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