Feeding & Caring for Your New Scott
Just like us, animals need proper nutrients to thrive. I do not recommend feeding your Scott products full of toxins (brands found at Walmart or the like) and try to stay as all natural and organic as I can.
I use Chewy.com for all of our pet needs; they offer free 1-2 day shipping over $49 & offer Auto-ship as well. Also, their customer service is is like walking into Heaven vs the DMV. Trust me on this one.
PLEASE make sure you have their CURRENT food to keep their diet on track. Switching foods will upset their stomachs!!
**UPDATED** Their current wet food: https://www.chewy.com/earthborn-holistic-chicken/dp/36435
Their current dry food: https://www.chewy.com/taste-wild-rocky-mountain-grain-free/dp/34263
**Very important to keep them on Non-plastic water fountains: https://www.chewy.com/pioneer-pet-ceramic-drinking/dp/49050
**Supplements/Vitamins* VERY Important. These make their coats silky, soft, their eyes bright and clear and their weight perfect.** The wonderful people at Kitty Bloom offer fabulous vitamins for our cats: http://www.dogbloom.com/store/p19/Kitty_Bloom_VM_900_3.html If they get stressed and a runny eye: http://www.dogbloom.com/store/p17/Kitty_Bloom_Super_Lysine.html
Some cats will develop runny eye or not act like themselves if they become stressed (especially the stress during flying & traveling in a car). We have had great success with: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=3550
*However, I am always researching the healthiest brands for my cats; this might change if data has changed.*
Play: Cats need to play and love to explore. We keep this cat tree by our windows and they loveeeee it. It helps save the furniture & has plenty of areas for them to sharpen their claws. Caution, people WILL make fun of you and call you THAT cat lady. https://www.chewy.com/gopetclub-72-inch-cat-tree-beige/dp/101916
Catnip: https://www.chewy.com/yeowwworganic-catnip-2-oz-tub/dp/130530 (this is like kittykrack.hahaha) jk
Harmful to Cats:
The 15 Most Common Household Hazards for Cats:
1. Human Medications – For several years, human medications have been number one on the ASPCA’s list of common hazards. In 2009 alone, the ASPCA managed 45,816 calls involving prescription and over-the-counter drugs such as painkillers, cold medications, antidepressants and dietary supplements. Pets often snatch pill vials from counters and nightstands or gobble up medications accidentally dropped on the floor, so it’s essential to keep meds tucked away in hard-to-reach cabinets.
2. Insecticides – In our effort to battle home invasions by unwelcome pests, we often unwittingly put our furry friends at risk. In 2009, the APCC’s toxicologists fielded 29,020 calls related to insecticides. One of the most common incidents involved the misuse of flea and tick products — such as applying the wrong topical treatment to the wrong species. Thus, it’s always important to talk to your pet’s veterinarian before beginning any flea and tick control program.
3. People food – Grapes, raisins, avocado and products containing xylitol, like gum, can seriously disable our furry friends, and accounted for more than 17,453 poisoning cases in 2009. One of the worst offenders–chocolate–contains large amounts of methylxanthines, which, if ingested in significant amounts, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst, urination, hyperactivity, and in severe cases, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors and seizures.
4. Plants – Common houseplants were the subject of 7,858 calls to APCC in 2009. Varieties such as azalea, rhododendron, sago palm, lilies, kalanchoe and schefflera are often found in homes and can be harmful to pets. Lilies are especially toxic to cats, and can cause life-threatening kidney failure even in small amounts.
5. Veterinary Medications – Even though veterinary medications are intended for pets, they’re often misapplied or improperly dispensed by well-meaning pet parents. In 2009, the ASPCA managed 7,680 cases involving animal-related preparations such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, heartworm preventatives, de-wormers, antibiotics, vaccines and nutritional supplements. Always consult your vet before giving your pet ANY kind of supplement.
6. Rodenticides – Last year, the ASPCA received 6,639 calls about pets who had accidentally ingested rat and mouse poisons. Many baits used to attract rodents contain inactive ingredients that are attractive to pets as well. Depending on the type of rodenticide, ingestions can lead to potentially life-threatening problems for pets including bleeding, seizures or kidney damage. Animals who ingest poisoned rodents will succumb to the poison, too. This includes your cat(s) and birds of prey.
7. Household Cleaners – Everybody knows that household cleaning supplies can be toxic to adults and children, but few take precautions to protect their pets from common agents such as bleaches, detergents and disinfectants. Last year, the ASPCA received 4,143 calls related to household cleaners. These products, when inhaled by our furry friends, can cause serious gastrointestinal distress and irritation to the respiratory tract. Additionally, cats who lick their paw pads after walking atop a floor treated with household cleansers are vulnerable to poisoning.
8. Heavy metals paint chips – Heavy metals such as lead, zinc and mercury accounted for 3,304 cases of pet poisonings in 2009. Lead is especially pernicious, and pets are exposed to it through many sources, including consumer products, paint chips, linoleum, and lead dust produced when surfaces in older homes are scraped or sanded.
9. Garden Products – It may keep your grass green, but certain types of fertilizer and garden products can cause problems for outdoor cats and dogs. Last year, the ASPCA fielded 2,329 calls related to fertilizer exposure, which can cause severe gastric upset and possibly gastrointestinal obstruction. Cocoa mulch can be poisonous when large amounts are consumed — usually more of a problem with dogs than cats.
10. Chemical Hazards – In 2009, the ASPCA handled approximately 2,175 cases of pet exposure to chemical hazards. A category on the rise, chemical hazards — found in ethylene glycol antifreeze, paint thinner, drain cleaners and pool/spa chemicals–form a substantial danger to pets. Substances in this group can cause gastrointestinal upset, depression, respiratory difficulties and chemical burns.
11. Tinsel, Thread, Dental Floss – Cats love string games, and they are quick to pounce on demon string whenever they see it. Fun! However, if your cat swallows some thread, it can cause severe intestinal damage and may require expensive surgery to remove.
12. Mini Blinds – Cats, especially kittens, can easily hang themselves on mini blind cording. Discourage climbing the blinds by firing the squirt gun or shaking a dozen or more pennies-in-a-can.
13. Treated Toilet Water – Keeping an automatic cleanser cake in the toilet is convenient, but it can be deadly if your cat drinks it. The best solution is not to use that method of sanitation. But if you can’t, then train whomever needs training on how to keep the lid down.
14. Rubber Bands – Some cats go nuts over rubber bands, but if swallowed they can be life-threatening. Keep them out of kitty’s reach.
15. Plastic Bags – Cats can suffocate themselves with plastic grocery bags or dry cleaning bags, so stash out of reach.
Your cat is curious, sticking his nose into random places. But his exploration may expose him to some not-so-obvious dangers in your home. It just takes a bit of time and know-how to “cat-proof” your house so your kitty stays healthy and safe.
Some human over-the-counter and prescription medicines pose serious threats to cats, so keep them in a place he can’t get into, including:
Pain relievers (acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen)
Vitamins and other supplements
You may have heard that some common medicines work for people and cats. Never give your pet any pills without first talking to your vet, though -- it's easy to give him too much, which can kill him.
Your kitty may beg when you sit down to eat (or try to steal some bites when you’re not looking), but some human foods can be poisonous for him, including:
Caffeine (coffee, soda, tea)
Xylitol (found in sugarless gums, candies, toothpastes)
Indoor and Outdoor Plants
Common houseplants -- and a few others that you may bring into your home -- can be hazardous to your cat's health:
Insecticides and Other Chemicals
Some chemicals taste especially good to cats. To keep him safe, keep any chemicals locked away, especially:
De-icing salts (which pets may walk through, then lick from their pads)
Dog flea and tick medication (pills, collars, sprays, shampoos)
Insect and rodent bait
More Household Hazards
Watch out for common household items that can choke or strangle your cat. Some may even block his intestines if he swallows them.
Dental floss, yarn, or string
Holiday decorations, including lights and tinsel
Toys with small or movable parts
If Your Cat’s Been Poisoned
Every moment matters if you think your cat has been exposed to something toxic.
Call your vet. Post the clinic’s phone number in an obvious place, along with the number for the Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435. They can help you know what to do next.
Collect samples. Take samples of vomit, stool, and the poison your cat ate to the vet with your cat.
Watch for symptoms. Often, cats will show these signs right away. But some symptoms can show up more gradually. Signs to watch for include:
A lot of saliva
Educate. After your cat recovers, call your poison control center or humane society to let them know what happened, so they can track problem poisons and help prevent harm to other animals.