Feel free to post other known health issues, or product recalls/dangers as they pop up in the news, in this discussion.

This may be an old notice, but I'd rather get this information out late, than find that someone in the community might have prevented making their cat sick from using these products.

Certain over-the-counter flea and tick product induced salivating, twitching, seizures, and in some instances, death. The brands involved were Adams, Sargents, Hartz, and others and included the popular product "Biospot".

Evidently the culprit was pyrethrin or permethrin. In some cases, owners administered too much product or "split" a dog dose. This resulted in them overdosing their cat. Some cats had been given the proper dose, but were allergic to Biospot.

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I would never, ever use any over the counter flea meds on a cat.
I see this kind of thing often. Try to save a little money, and BAM. Dead cat. Not a nice way to go either. It is amazing how often someone uses a dog product on a cat, even when the package says about 14,000 times DO NOT USE ON CATS. But even cat-labelled OTC products can be toxic, and most aren't worth much as flea prev anyway. I'm still an Advantage fan.
How do you feel about Revolution?
Revolution is good for treating ear mites, but I have never liked it much for fleas, and it really won't control ticks much at all. For plain flea control: Advantage or First Shield (Vectra). For fleas and ear mites, plus intestinal worms: Advantage Multi for Cats (also prevents heartworms). Frontline- not so great anymore, not sure why. OTC products- avoid. Flea collars- useless in general.
Is there anythig for cats that takes care of ticks? The Elder Cat first came to me with a halo of bloated ticks around her head.

Sounds like maybe we should switch from Revolution to Advantage Multi at the very least, since it also prevents heartworm. Last I heard about heartworm in cats is that the only way to treat for it is prevention.

Thanks for your input!
This time of year can be rough on cats. In households with Xmas trees, there can be all sorts of breaking and choking hazards. I haven't had a tree for years, but I remember having lots of those glass balls that shatter into tiny bits when they hit a hard floor. Trying to get tiny bits of glass out of cat paws is difficult.

Then, there are tinsel icicles. They're particularly dangerous for cats, as it they can get twisted around inside their guts and block their intestines.

Oh, and mistletoe is poisonous.

Any other suggestions on things people should watch out for this time of year?
My heart skipped a beat when I couldn't find your most recent post in the group. I thought maybe you'd left the site!

All very good points.

I've heard that cats who walk through tracked-in road salt should have their paws cleaned by us humans, as the salts can cause illness.

From Winter Skin and Paw Care in Cats (I just clicked the window closed, and didn't sign up, and still got to read the article).

*After each walk, wash or wipe off your cat's feet. This will remove any ice and road salt that can cause excessive dryness. This will also help remove chemicals that may be ingested when your kitty grooms.

*Trim the hair between your pet's toes to reduce the chance of collecting ice and snow crystals.

*A small amount of petroleum jelly can be placed on the surface of the pads, especially prior to allowing your cat to go outdoors.
Sadly, The Difficult Kind deleted her profile and content, and has left us with a few holes in conversation. Eventually I'm sure that others will bring the same information to the group,but I wish when people leave Nexus, they wouldn't delete everything they contributed to the site, too.
I can't seem to keep Mr. P out of the dog's food. He eats his own food, but seems to shoulder check the dog out of the way in order to get into her food every few days. Should I worry?
I don't think that dog food will hurt a cat unless that's all they end up eating. I think dog food is lower in protein than cat food.
Also, cats must have taurine. Here's a good answer to your question. More comprehensive than my first answer.
Top 10 Medications Your Pet Should Never Take

Here is the list of the 10 most common medications reported to the Pet Poison Helpline:

1. NSAIDs (e.g. Advil, Aleve and Motrin) Common household medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) top the list. The names include ibuprofen (e.g., Advil and some types of Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve).

2. Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) Even though this drug is safe, this is not true for pets — especially cats. One regular strength tablet of acetaminophen may cause damage to a cat’s red blood cells.

3. Antidepressants (e.g. Effexor, Cymbalta, Prozac, Lexapro) While occasionally used in pets, overdoses can lead to serious neurological problems such as sedation, incoordination, tremors and seizures. Pets seem to enjoy the taste of Effexor and often eat the entire pill. One pill can cause serious poisoning.

4. ADD/ADHD medications (e.g. Concerta, Adderall, Ritalin) Minimal ingestions of these medications by pets can cause life-threatening tremors, seizures, elevated body temperatures and heart problems.

5. Benzodiazepines and sleep aids (e.g. Xanax, Klonopin, Ambien, Lunesta) About half of the dogs who ingest sleep aids become agitated instead of sedate. In addition, these drugs may cause severe lethargy, incoordination and slowed breathing in pets.

6. Birth control (e.g. estrogen, estradiol, progesterone) Large ingestions of estrogen and estradiol can cause bone marrow suppression, particularly in birds. Additionally, female pets that are intact are at an increased risk of side effects from estrogen poisoning.

7. ACE Inhibitors (e.g. Zestril, Altace) Pets ingesting small amounts of this medication can potentially be monitored at home, unless they have kidney failure or heart disease.

8. Beta-blockers (e.g. Tenormin, Toprol, Coreg) Small ingestions of these drugs may cause serious poisoning in pets. Overdoses can cause life-threatening decreases in blood pressure and a slow heart rate.

9. Thyroid hormones (e.g. Armour desiccated thyroid, Synthroid) Large acute overdoses in cats and dogs can cause muscle tremors, nervousness, panting, a rapid heart rate and aggression.

10. Cholesterol-lowering agents (e.g. Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor) Most “statin” ingestions only cause mild vomiting or diarrhea. Serious side effects from these drugs come with long-term use.

The original artical may be found @ http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/top-10-medications-...




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