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Safety Tips For Springtime...

Gentle spring breezes bring the urge to open windows and blow out the old winter stuffiness. But regardless of whether you have an indoor kitty, or allow your kitty outside for periods of time when the weather is nice, you need to be aware of some of the hazards. By keeping your kitty and family protected, you can all enjoy a wonderful springtime. It doesn't take much effort, just a little common sense.  Remember: cats are curious!
SPRING CLEANING — be aware of the chemicals in the cleaners you use inside and outside your house. You might want to think about using more of the eco-friendly cleaners and natural products. Remember to take a look at all your window/door screens to make sure they don't have any weak spots where kitty can climb out of when the windows are opened.

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS + TREATS — springtime holidays, such as Easter, means that there are things your cat might eat that aren't good for them. If you celebrate Easter, keep fake plastic grass, chocolates, and sugary treats out of reach. Easter lilies are particularly toxic for your cat, so if you see that they've been chewing on the plant, please get them to your veterinarian as soon as possible!

FLEA AND TICK PREVENTATIVES — you certainly don't want bugs crawling into your house, and you definitely don't want your cat accidentally getting out if kitty is an indoor only pet and eventually brings the bugs back inside ~ so know that springtime is when fleas and ticks start coming out again and visit your veterinarian to make sure your pet it protected, and ask what you need to keep your house (carpet) and yard protected, too.

LAWN AND YARD CARE — You should know that lawn and yard fertilizers are highly toxic. If you can, look for alternatives to the usual bone meal, cocoa mulch, and pesticides used to make gardens beautiful.

DISASTER PLAN — do you have a disaster emergency plan? Whether it is flooding, earthquake, or other disasters: Always be prepared! Some of the best information can be found at the ASPCA website on creating a disaster plan for your pets: CLICK HERE
 
EMERGENCYASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.