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Not So Exciting News
Since retiring from breeding, I receive many requests for breeder recommendations.  I am always happy to respond.  I also believe it is my duty to report to you when a breeder or breeder site is one you should stay away from.  I belong to the Facebook Group, Siberian Cats started years ago by a fellow breeder friend of mine. It is now run by an excellent breeder from Georgia named Kathy Wade. Today she made our group aware of a scam being perpetrated on unsuspecting Siberian customers.
I realize when a person decides to purchase a Siberian, the excitement is overpowering and the need to wait while on a waiting list can seem unbearable. Do not be tempted by ads like this. They are a scam. They do not have kittens. They just want your money. Their entire Facebook page is filled with photos taken from reputable breeders. Heed what the one poster says “If it seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t.”
Disappointing News
On February 7, I sent out a blog post letting you know what I have been up to. In this post I asked for your help. In all the years I have been blogging, I have never done this before no matter how much I believed in the cause. But this time, I really, really believe in the cause.
I had just one of my pet parents make a nice donation.
Would you please do me a favor and re-read the post. If you find it in your heart to help these children, I ask that you make a donation, no matter how small.
Thank you.

Hang in There

via Hang in There

2018 was a very rough year for our family and it is still continuing in 2019. A previous blog post stated this and I asked you to have patience with my lack of posting and length of time answering your emails. I wasn’t able to share the reason with you but as of today I am free to do so.

I invite you to read my daughter’s blog post listed above, Hang In There.  Please read it to the end. Believe me, it will help you; if not today, some day in the future. Because at some time in your life, you will be handed a problem that will seem too big to handle.

Some may say this was your daughter, not you. But for all mothers, you know the response to that. The most difficult part of being a mother is the inability to alleviate the pain your child is going through. It is easy when they are small and a bandaid and a kiss is all that is required.  But when they are older and the real world problems slam them to the floor, the pain you feel is excruciating. It takes your breath, your energy, your reason to get up in the morning.

But yes, we got through 2018 one day at a time and a lot of that time was on my knees praying. And God did answer me. He gave me strength and guidance to help my daughter. My prayers continue. My faith has been strengthened. God’s grace is real!

 

 

 

“What have you been up to, Nancy?”

Since we retired from breeding, I frequently hear the title question: “What have you been up to?”

Everyone knows how time consuming running the cattery was so now most think I have tons of time on my hands.  Believe me, I am not sitting on the couch watching daytime TV and eating bonbons! (Well, maybe a few bonbons!)

My daughter, SueEllen, and I started doing “extra” work in Chicago’s thriving film industry, mostly TV. I have been an extra on Chicago Med, Fire, and PD….and two upcoming series, Proven Innocent and Red Line. We even talked my husband , Jim, into taking part in this grand adventure. He had a “cameo appearance” on Chicago Fire as an Uber driver. From the photos of SueEllen and me, you can see what they mean by background!

 

 

SueEllen has started a blog about this adventure. Check it out: https://mylifeinthebackground.com

 

Most of you are aware of my involvement as the cake lady with Chicago area Refuge for Women. This past year I also had the pleasure of teaching cooking classes to these very special young women. Here are my two most recent cakes presented at the graduation ceremonies for two of our girls.  The first one requested an ugly Christmas sweater theme and the second girl wanted to be a princess for the day. I am happy to report these wonderful girls have completely turned their lives around with God’s help. One girl is working at a job she loves and the other is going to college! God is so good!

 

 

And lastly, but definitely not least, I have been helping my husband in his endeavors to give back to our country for all that was given to him in his 36 years as a United States Marine. He is shaping the lives of some very special children by serving as Unit Commander of the Fox Valley Young Marines. I am the Unit Adjutant and Chef.

Our goal is to take these children to Washington D.C. this summer, an opportunity many of them will never have again.

Will you help me?

We are quite a distance from our goal.  Please consider a small donation. Everyone talks about a way to change the values of our American youth. Our organization is doing it, one child at a time: teamwork, discipline, leadership.

The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America’s future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls ages eight and eighteen that nurture and develop its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

https://www.gofundme.com/fox-valley-young-marines

 

 

Excess Vitamin D Recall Expanded Again

 

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Kitty Vs. The Christmas Tree

 

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Olivia and Felix

Kitty vs. The Christmas Tree — Be Aware of the Holiday Dangers

The holidays are a fun time of year but can be dangerous for your kitty. Keep these seven not-so-jolly tree dangers away from your cat this holiday.

1. Puncturing pine needles

Pine is highly toxic to cats. Photography ©FaST_9| Getty Images.

Jordan Holliday with Embrace Pet Insurance explains that unfortunately “live Christmas trees can be deadly for cats. Pine needles can be ingested and puncture intestines. Pine is highly toxic to cats, potentially causing liver damage or death.”

2. Toxic tree water

If you have a real Christmas tree, one of the most important things you can do this holiday season is to keep your cats away from the water at the base of the tree. Increasingly, companies are marketing various chemical enhancements that can keep your trees alive longer but are toxic to your cats.

Beyond added chemicals, it turns out all Christmas tree water is dangerous. Jordan explains that the water from Christmas trees is toxic to cats because of fire retardants that are sprayed onto most Christmas trees before they are sold, plus pine sap is toxic to kitties.

3. Burning lights

Make sure your cat cannot chew on the wires. Photography ©Casey Elise Photography.

Christmas lights might look beautiful on the tree, but they can be extremely dangerous to cats. “Christmas lights may cause a thermal burn if a cat chews on the wires. In addition, cats can be injured by sharp edges from broken lights,” cautions Dr. Lori Bierbrier, the medical director of NYC’s Community Medicine.

4. Tangling tinsel, ribbon and twine

Don't let your cat get too comfortable toying with twine. Photography ©Erica Danger.

Dr. Bierbrier points out that “tinsel is especially dangerous for cats. If ingested, it can easily become lodged in their intestines and result in a blockage.” In addition, Jordan reminds cat parents that “ornaments with ribbon or twine can be extra dangerous to cats if they are able to unravel it and possibly swallow it.”

5. Cutting ornaments

Jordan also advises, “If you have a cat that likes to get into the tree, it might also be best to stay away from glass ornaments, as they could get hurt from stepping on a broken one.”

Christmas tree ornaments made of wood, fabric and sturdy plastic are safest, as they are least likely to break if they fall. Always avoid glass and other easily breakable ornaments as well as tinsel. However, even ornaments too large for your cat to accidentally eat can be dangerous. Snow globe-type tree ornaments and decorations often contain antifreeze, which can be very dangerous if they crack and cats get access to the liquids inside.

6. Tip-over trees

Cats climbing Christmas trees might make for a cute picture, but it can also be very dangerous, as trees can easily fall over, breaking ornaments or injuring your cat. If your cat is prone to climbing and you want to have a full-sized Christmas tree, a great option is to anchor your tree to the wall and ceiling to ensure it can’t tip over and injure your cat.

7. Don’t-eat-it artificial

Even though an artificial tree isn't toxic, it can still cause irritation if tree pieces are ingested. Photography ©-oxygen-| Getty Images.

“An artificial tree is the safest tree option for cats. They can still get in trouble by climbing the tree, and you’ll still need to be careful about how you decorate it, but when in doubt, it’s best to go with an artificial tree to avoid the more serious health risks associated with a real tree,” Jordan advises.

However, you still need to monitor your cat around the artificial tree. “Cats should not chew on an artificial tree, as they may accidentally ingest pieces of the tree which can cause both irritation and potential blockage.” Dr. Bierbrier advises.

Consider Christmas tree alternatives

Concerned about the safety of your cat this Christmas? Here are a variety of festive, safer options to consider:

  1.  Make or buy a plywood Christmas tree cutout that can include painted-on ornaments.
  2. Forget the tree completely and hang Christmas tree ornaments from your ceiling where your cats won’t be able to reach them.
  3. Repurpose a small triangle-shaped shelf, paint it green (or not!) and fill it with special trinkets to remind you of the year or of the season.
  4. Create a tower of books (make sure they are stable) to put packages underneath.
  5. Make a cat-safe fake tree out of paper or wood and put your gifts by it.

Thumbnail: Photography ©talltrevor| Getty Images.

About the author

Sassafras Lowrey is an award-winning author whose novels have been honored by the American Library Association and the Lambda Literary Foundation. Sassafras is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor who shares her home and writing life with three dogs, two bossy senior cats and a formerly feral kitten. Learn more at sassafraslowrey.com.

 

 

Dog Food Recalls

Many of my blog followers also have dogs; thus my decision to post this warning. What normally happens after we receive this kind of alert, it is followed by warnings of cat foods marketed by the same companies.  Be aware!

FDA Alerts Pet Owners about Potentially Toxic Levels of Vitamin D in Several Dry Pet Foods

December 3, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating the presence of elevated, potentially toxic levels of vitamin D in several dry pet foods.

Fast Facts

  • The FDA is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about recalls of several dry dog foods after receiving complaints that dogs eating the food experienced vitamin D toxicity.
  • Testing found that samples of the dog food contained excessive, potentially toxic amounts of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, but very high amounts can cause serious health problems like kidney failure or death.
  • At this time, the only pet products that have been impacted are food made for dogs.
  • Pet owners should discontinue feeding these recalled products.
  • The FDA is asking veterinarians who suspect vitamin D toxicity in their patients to report them through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. Pet owners can also report suspect cases to the FDA.
  • This is a developing situation and additional recalls may be announced.

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What is the Problem?

The FDA has become aware of reports of vitamin D toxicity in dogs that ate dry dog food common contract manufacturer and marketed under several different brand names. This is a developing situation, and the FDA will update this page with additional information as it becomes available.

What are the Symptoms of Vitamin D Toxicity?

Excess vitamin D in the diet can cause vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. Vitamin D at toxic levels can cause kidney failure and death. Pet owners whose dogs have been eating the recalled brands and are showing these symptoms should contact their veterinarians.

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What Brands Have Been Recalled?

This is a developing situation and this list may not be complete. The FDA will update this list as more information becomes available.

The list of recalled dry dog food products provided to the FDA include:

  • Nutrisca
    • Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food
      • UPC 8-84244-12495-7 – 4 lb. bag
      • UPC 8-84244-12795-8 – 15 lb. bag
      • UPC 8-84244-12895-5 – 28 lb. bag
      • Best by date range: February 25, 2020 through September 13, 2020
  • Natural Life Pet Products
    • Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food
      • UPC 0-12344-08175-1 – 17.5 lb. bag
        • Best by dates range: December 4, 2019 through August 10, 2020
  • Sunshine Mills, Inc.
    • Evolve Chicken & Rice Puppy Dry Dog Food
      • UPC 0-73657-00862-0 – 14 lb. bag
      • UPC 0-73657-00863-7 – 28 lb. bag
    • Sportsman’s Pride Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food
      • UPC 0-70155-10566-0 – 40 lb. bag
      • UPC 0-70155-10564-0 – 40 lb. bag
    • Triumph Chicken & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food
      • UPC 0-73657-00873-6 – 3.5 lb. bag
      • UPC 0-73657-00874-3 – 16 lb. bag
      • UPC 0-73657-00875-0 – 30 lb. bag
  • ANF, Inc.
    • ANF Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food
      • UPC 9097231622 – 3 kg bag
        • Best by Nov 23 2019
      • UPC 9097203300 – 7.5 kg bag
        • Best by Nov 20 2019
  • Lidl (Orlando brand)
    • Orlando Grain-Free Chicken & Chickpea Superfood Recipe Dog Food
      • Lidl product number 215662
        • TI1 3 Mar 2019
        • TB2 21 Mar 2019
        • TB3 21 Mar 2019
        • TA2 19 Apr 2019
        • TB1 15 May 2019
        • TB2 15 May 2019
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    • Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food
      • UPC 11110-83556 – 4 lb. bag, all lots
      • UPC 11110-83573 – 14 lb. bag
        • All lot codes
      • UPC 11110-89076 – 24 lb. bag
        • All lot codes
  • ELM Pet Foods, Inc.
    • ELM Chicken and Chickpea Recipe
      • UPC 0-70155-22507-8 – 3 lb. bag
        • D2 26 FEB 2019
        • TE1 30 APR 2019
        • TD1 5 SEP 2019
        • TD2 5 SEP 2019
      • UPC 0-70155-22513-9 – 28 lb. bag
        • TB3 6 APR 2019
        • TA1 2 JULY 2019
        • TI1 2 JULY 2019
    • ELM K9 Naturals Chicken Recipe
      • UPC 0-70155-22522-9 – 40 lb. bag
        • TB3 14 Sep 2019
        • TA2 22 Sep 2019
        • TB2 11 Oct 2019
  • Ahold Delhaize
    • Nature’s Promise Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food
      • UPC 068826718472 – 14 lb. bag
        • All lot codes
      • UPC 068826718471 – 28 lb. bag
        • All lot codes
      • UPC 068826718473 – 4 lb. bag
        • All lot codes
    • Nature’s Place Real Country Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food
      • UPC 72543998959 – 5 lb. bag
        • All lot codes
      • UPC 72543998960 – 15 lb. bag
        • All lot codes

The recalled products were sold nationwide.

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What is FDA doing to address the situation?

After receiving complaints from pet owners about dogs with vitamin D toxicity, one of the firms reported to the FDA that it was recalling dry pet food due to potentially toxic levels of vitamin D. Many other brands with a common contract manufacturer have also been recalled. The FDA is working with the contract manufacturer to provide a comprehensive list of affected brands.

FDA scientists are still analyzing reports and the information currently available to determine whether the illnesses are definitively connected to diet.

FDA scientists have evaluated samples of some of these products, and State and private lab test results indicate that the food contained as much as approximately 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D. Consuming food with such high levels of vitamin D is potentially toxic to dogs and in severe cases may lead to kidney failure and/or death.

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What Do Retailers Need To Do?

Don’t sell the recalled foods. Contact the manufacturer for further instructions. The FDA also encourages retailers to contact consumers who have purchased recalled products, if they have the means to do so (such as through shopper’s card records or point-of-sale signs).

What Do Pet Owners Need To Do?

If your pet is having symptoms of vitamin D toxicity, contact a veterinarian immediately. Provide a full diet history to your veterinarian. You may find it helpful to take a picture of the pet food label, including the lot number.

Don’t feed the recalled products to your pets or any other animal. Contact the company listed on the package for further instructions or throw the products away in a way that children, pets and wildlife cannot access them.

You can report suspected illness to the FDA electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. It’s most helpful if you can work with your veterinarian to submit your pet’s medical records as part of your report. For an explanation of the information and level of detail that would be helpful to include in a complaint to the FDA, please see How to Report a Pet Food Complaint.

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What Do Veterinarians Need To Do?

The FDA encourages veterinarians treating vitamin D toxicity to ask their clients for a diet history. We also welcome case reports, especially those confirmed through diagnostics. You can submit these reports electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. For an explanation of the information and level of detail that would be helpful to include in a complaint to the FDA, please see How to Report a Pet Food Complaint.

Veterinarians should also be aware that vitamin D toxicity may present as hypercalcemia, similar to dogs that have consumed rodenticide. In these cases, we suggest that you confirm diet history to verify whether the dog has been eating any of the recalled products.

National Cat Day

Been a long time since I published a blog post but this had to take priority on National Cat Day!

So what should you do to celebrate? Read the 10 suggestions interspersed with photos of some of our beautiful Semper Fi Siberians. (Some of the photos require you to touch the photo to bring up the name. Others appear printed on the post. Why the difference? I have no idea!)

1. Make a commitment to your cat’s health and purchase the very best treats and food. And what is the best? Life’s Abundance! Go here: mrsilversfood.com

2. Donate food, blankets and toys to pet welfare organizations.

 

3. Spend the day taking photos of your cat and post them on your Facebook page.

4. Assist an ill or elderly neighbor with her cat by cleaning their cat’s litter box and playing with their cat.

5. Buy your cat a fun new toy, condo or treats.

6. Find a new way to give your cat some exercise.

7. Make a window perch for your cat to lay in the sun.

Sophia (belongs to Patricia)

 

Yuki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Brush your cat.

Shakespeare

Buttercup

Sabina and Garsha

Hunter

Samara

Mia

9. Give your cat a massage.

10. Tell your cat that Ms. Nancy and Mr. Jim love and miss them!

 

 

Happy 1st Birthday Hatch, Nienna, Feeley, Belle and Harley!

One year ago today, our final 😪 Semper Fi Siberian litter was born.  Robin sent us several photos of Hatch who came from that litter. It is difficult to believe these precious bundles of joy are now a year old.

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Handsome Hatchie on his birthday.

 

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Hatch and his sister, Cholula, watching the birds.

During this year, several of my blog followers, and especially those of you who have one of our babies, have contacted me asking for suggestions of another breeder. I have tried to help each of you with suggestions. I have not heard back if any of you were able to adopt another precious Siberian. Because I still continue to receive requests for recommendations, I would greatly appreciate if you would let me know your experiences with other breeders.  And, of course, we would love to see photos of your new kittens!

As a side note, I am currently spending a week in Fort Myers with my daughter. She kindly agreed to join me for my 6 month check-up with Dr. Gorovoy (the very best eye surgeon in the world!).  Great report: both of my transplants are doing well. I now have 20/20 vision in my right eye and not quite that but definitely great vision in my left eye. I only need glasses for reading.  I praise God for the miracles of medicine.

Hope for Humankind—Predator and Prey Living in Peace!

The wonderful story of two Semper Fi Siberians, Felix and Fiona, and their new “friend”, a rabbit named Penny.

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by Gina Baran

Predator and prey can be friends and live in peace!

We adopted a 4 year old New Zeland rabbit named Penny who needed a home because two of her family members allergies were too bad to keep her. They found her four years ago abandoned under their grandfather’s deck barely alive. They took her in and got her well and loved her. The allergies are just too bad now to keep her so my friend Tracey, who knows an animal sucker when she sees one asked me to take her. At first I say no way, you know we have two cats and rabbits are prey to a cat!! I read about domestic cats and rabbits are able to cohabitate so I said I would try but no promises and she will have to go back if they attack her. Well, it’s been two months now and we had absolutely no problems. Felix and Fiona won’t play much with her but have never attacked her. Just been inquisitive, walk up to her and then walk away. I even caught Felix licking Penny a few times and my heart dropped. Hopefully within a few more months they will all be best friends. Maybe there is hope for human kind when predator and prey can live together in peace.

Hope all is well with you both!!

Take care,

Gina

Thank you Gina, for sharing this beautiful story with us. I do have hope for humankind!

 

 

Avoid Essential Oils Around Your Cat

Essential Oils and Cats: A Potentially Toxic Mix

Aromatherapy Oils to Avoid Around Your Pet

By Franny Syufy

Updated 05/17/18 Illustration: Catherine Song. © The Spruce, 2018

Essential oils,  aromatherapy, and potpourri in your home may be pleasant for you, but natural compounds in these fragrances can be dangerous for your cat. Take precautions when using these products so your cat does not have a toxic reaction. If your cat has any liver impairment, it may be best to eliminate these products from your cat’s environment.

Essential Oil Toxicity for Cats

Years ago, certain essential oils were considered to be safe for cats and were recommended for such uses as treating ear mite infestations, upper respiratory problems and for stress relief.

In recent years, however, compelling evidence has accumulated that essential oils can be toxic to cats, whether taken internally, applied to the skin, or simply inhaled.

The liver is most often the organ which is affected by essential oils. Cats’ livers are simply not the same as humans’ livers. Cats lack certain enzymes that provide the ability to properly metabolize the various compounds in essential oils, phenols in particular. These phenolic compounds occur naturally in some plants and are highly concentrated in essential oils. Exposure can lead to serious liver damage, liver failure, seizures, or even death for cats.

Essential Oils Potentially Toxic to Cats

These oils are known to contain phenols and be toxic to cats:

  • Wintergreen oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Citrus oil (including lemon oil)
  • Teatree oil (melaleuca oil)
  • Pine oil
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Pennyroyal oil
  • Sweet birch oil
  • Clove oil
  • Ylang ylang oil

The higher the concentration of essential oil, the greater the risk to your cat. If your cat ingests any oils accidentally,  go to the veterinarian immediately.

Symptoms of Essential Oil Poisoning

Cats absorb oils that are directly in contact with their skin. Oils diffused in the air are inhaled and also collect on the fur, which results in your cat ingesting them during licking and cleaning.

Toxicity can occur very quickly or over a longer period of exposure.

Symptoms of essential oil poisoning include:

  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Difficulty walking, wobbliness (ataxia)
  • Respiratory distress (wheezing, fast breathing, panting, coughing)

If you notice any of these signs, take your cat to a veterinary emergency center. The veterinarian may note low heart rate, low blood pressure, and signs of liver failure.

How Your Cat May Be Exposed to Essential Oils

Although it is now discouraged, some people treat their cats with essential oils for various problems. You should only do this under the direction of your veterinarian. Even then, you must take precautions that the oils are appropriately diluted and only use the concentration recommended. Be aware that products often vary in concentration from what may be listed on the label.

Your cat may be exposed to essential oils you use for your own purposes. Keep any essential oils in a cat-proof cabinet so your curious pet doesn’t have access to them. Passive reed diffusers or potpourri pots can be knocked over, exposing your cat to the oil-containing liquid. Don’t allow your pet to lick your skin if you have applied any products that contain essential oils.

Essential oil and aromatherapy diffusers, candles, liquid potpourri products, and room sprays are sources of airborne essential oils that cats can inhale or lick off their fur. If you can smell the fragrance of the oil, there is oil in the air and it can affect your cat.

Kittens, elderly cats, or cats who have liver or respiratory problems should be kept out of any room where essential oil diffusers are used. Don’t wear aromatherapy jewelry when you are around your cat.

Your Cat’s Sense of Smell

In addition to scents’ toxic effects, some scents can irritate your pets in other ways. Cats and dogs have much stronger senses of smell than humans, and their noses are much more sensitive. What can smell wonderful to you can be overwhelming to your cat. If you use home fragrances, it’s important to have a place that is scent-free so your pet can retreat when it gets too overpowering.

Hydrosols

Hydrosols are often touted as a more natural, safer alternative to essential oils. Hydrosols are also known as “flower waters.” They are less saturated than essential oils. They are the water that remains after steam-distilling flowers or herbs in water.

While hydrosols are safer for use on human skin, since they do not have to be diluted, they still are dangerous for cats and other pets. The water can hold on to residual matter from the plants that can be toxic if ingested or even inhaled. Some pets can tolerate hydrosols, but others are more sensitive. Limit your pet’s access to them and their scents to minimize the risk of any health issues.

While aromatherapy can be helpful in managing your stress or other conditions, they can be toxic to pets. Take precautions to protect your pet and keep them away from harmful essential oils.

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