Sunday, 20 May 2012

Happy 1st Purrthday to Worrals, Rebel and Merlin!

Yes! they are a year old!  It hardly seems possible, does it, that almost a year has gone since I fostered 6 fluffy bundles of TISSSSH.  And how different are the three I kept; I hope the other three are also having a happy first birthday! 
Here they are with their birthday hats. 
No longer Kitties! they are cats now! 

Monday, 14 May 2012

Beware of Dangerous Flea Treatments.


There are flea treatments available, usually those sold over the counter in big stores, which are not going to do your cat any good.  These are the ones which use derivatives from the Chrysanthemum called Pyrethrins or Pyrethroids.  These are a systemic poison and work by destroying the nervous systems of fleas, ticks and lice.  Unfortunately they can also attack the nervous systems of cats and dogs causing seizures which, if immediate veterinary help is sought may lead to complete recovery but may lead to liver failure, damage to the neural system, brain damage or death.  Many of  these cheap products can also cause chemical burns where applied. I am not going to post the often horrific pictures or stories on this blog, but I am going to post links so anyone interested in following this up further may do so. 

One of the main firms which has been shown to cause these problems in America is Hartz; and in the UK I would also strongly advise against using Bob Martin which may not be as bad but there are definite issues.  My researches have shown that Frontline and Advantage are substantially safe but may even so still cause some skin reactions.  This however is a situation of being aware and noting if your cat shows discomfort - not the case as with some other brands where your cat shows horrific symptoms.  
Links:
http://brokenhartz.wordpress.com/about/
http://www.facebook.com/superbrokenhartzpets
http://www.hartzvictims.org/
dailymail.co.uk/news/article-Call-Britain-ban-popular-pet-flea-collars-poison-threat-discovered-France.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
video of fitting cat [Kendra]
FB Justice for Fur Babies lost to Hartz