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October 22, 2014

Permethrin flea products toxic to cats

Fleas are out and about again with the warmer weather. Be sure to only use a cat flea product on your cat. Dog flea products containing permethrin can be fatal if applied to cats even in small amounts. It is vital that dog flea products are not applied to cats. In fact it is better that flea products with permethrin in them are not used on dogs who live with cats. A treated dog only has to brush against a cat to poison her. Last summer we saw Smokey cat who sleeps nestled against the family dog, Jessie. Last year Jessie was treated with a permethrin flea and tick product before going down the coast for holidays. Some hours later Smokey started frothing at the mouth, vomiting and twitching. She was whisked off to us and spent several days in intensive care. Next time the family will use a tick prevention product like Frontline or Frontera on Jessie that is safe for cats as well. They only use products intended for cats, like Activyl, Advantage, Comfortis or Revolution, on Smokey.
September 16, 2014

Why take your cat to a Cat Friendly Practice like Canberra Cat Vet?

September 6, 2014

Is my cat in season???

What are the signs that my female cat is in heat? Any or all of the signs below may be an indication that your cat is in heat. • Your cat becomes more affectionate than usual • She rolls around the floor • She carries her tail to one side. • She is very vocal and meows a lot. (This is where the term 'Calling' comes from) This vocalisation can become very noisy with loud yowls day and night. Her voice may become more piercing than usual. • She assumes a position with her front quarters on the ground and her bottom pointing in the air. • She treads with her hind legs • She licks her vulval area more than usual • She rubs her face up against you or furniture more often than usual. • If you pat your cat on her back near her tail she raises her bottom in the air and may begin 'treading' with her hind feet. • If she is a cat who is usually kept inside she will be desperate to get outside, waiting for any opportunity to escape.