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Seven Foods Your Cat Should Never Eat

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It’s a good thing cats are such picky eaters, because some of the foods we eat aren’t just bad for them, they can be lethal. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so we urge everyone to do their research.

Onions, Chives, and Garlic
While you may love these foods, they can break down a cat’s red blood cells and cause them to become anemic.

Avocados
Great for Guac, not great for your cat. This is because avocados contain Persin, a toxin that’s generally harmless to humans, but can be toxic to cats (and dogs) in large quantities.

Alcohol
Alcohol should never be consumed by pets in any quantity. It has the same effect on your cat as it does on you, but that effect is amplified by the fact that your cat’s body weight is a tenth to a twentieth of yours. As little as two spoonfulls of whiskey can be fatal to a cat.

Dairy
While your cat may drink a saucer of milk, it’s not a good idea. Most cats are lactose intolerant, which can cause discomfort and diarrhea, and dairy products can trigger food allergies.

Chocolate
Many of us have a “problem” with chocolate, but cats have real problems. Chocolate contains Theobromine, which can be fatal to your canine. Never offer your pet anything with chocolate, even icing on a cake.

Caffeine
As it is with dogs, caffeine can be lethal to a cat. Be extra cautious that you don’t leave coffee or tea where your feline can get to them, as there’s no medicinal cure or antidote in case of an overdose.

Dog Food
While a dog can (and likely will) eat cat food, it’s a bad idea for your feline to eat dog food, as cats have higher protein needs than dogs. Eating dog food frequently will lead to malnourishment in your cat.

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Relocating With Your Pet

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As stressful as moving can be for you, it can be even more stressful for your pets. They don’t know why the environment they’ve gotten used to is suddenly gone, and they’re forced to adapt to a new one. But with careful planning, you can make their move as smooth and stress-free as possible. For both of you.

Cats
The first thing to know is, your cat is not cool with this move at all, even if you’re going to a better place for them. Cats don’t adapt to change as readily as dogs, so be prepared to put more planning and effort into transitioning your feline.

Cats should always be transported in a hard-sided carrier. Put the carrier you’ve chosen to transport your cat out well in advance of your move, and place their favorite toy or blanket in it, then reward them with praise whenever they go in it. You want them to become comfortable and “at home” in the carrier before your move.
On the day of your move, put your cat in the carrier and cover it with a sheet for at least the first few hours of the trip until they relax. Make sure there’s room around the carrier for adequate ventilation. Most cats can travel for around 8 hours or so without using a litterbox, so if your trip is going to be around that length or longer, bring along a disposable litterbox.

Always remember to pack a bag with plenty of food and water, your pets’ favorite toys, a first aid kit, and towels.

Dogs
Dogs are more adaptable to new environments than cats, but they can still get stressed out by a move. When your furniture is being loaded, keep your dog (and cat) in a room with the door shut, or secured in the back yard.
Since most dogs are used to going places with you in the car, there’s less to worry about than with a cat once you get in the car. But long, unusual trips can cause distress to a dog as well, so we recommend using a safety harness, which attaches to a seat belt, or safety gates that allow your dog to move around in a restricted area. This will prevent your dog from disrupting you if he becomes agitated, or escaping the car during stops. When letting your dog out on the trip, always keep them on a leash.

As with a cat, remember to pack a bag with plenty of food, a first aid kit, towels, and a gallon of water per dog.

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Does your cat love you, or are they plotting to kill you?

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While harder to read than dogs, there are a variety of signs both simple and downright weird that can help you decipher how your companion thinks of you. Well, at least at that particular moment.

They Blink Slowly at you
Cats view direct eye contact as a threat. However, when they blink slowly at you, the break in eye contact is a way of showing trust and affection. It’s kind of your cats way of “kissing.” Try reciprocating – they might even blink back!

They Trip You
If your cat is always underfoot, lingering around you, it’s a sign of attachment. Take care on the stairs.

They Head Butt You
When they do this they’re actually depositing pheromones on you and marking you as “there’s.” If that isn’t love, we don’t know what is.

They Meow at You
Cats only meow to humans. This doesn’t necessarily mean they love you, but that they’re acknowledging your existence, and that’s a start.

They Lick You
You’ve been chosen. If your cat licks you, they consider you part of their family. Note that you are not the head of this family…

They Knead You
If they use their paws to knead parts of your body like dough, they’re re-enacting what kittens do to their mothers when they’re feeding. Love is in the air.

They Bring You Presents
And they’re usually dead. Which is good, as you probably don’t want mice or birds on the loose in your house.

They Purr Around You
Cats only purr when they feel safe and happy. So if your cat purrs around you, that’s a great sign, especially if they purr loudly.

They Nibble at You
If your cat takes little nibbles at you, they’re showing affection. They’re love bites. You’d know if they weren’t.

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Cats Don’t Do Vegan

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As hard as it is for us veggie loving people to believe, our cats actually have no dietary need for carbohydrates. In fact, due to their unique physiology, they have a tough time digesting any kind of plant matter. So while they may love vegetation, it’s only to hide behind while they stalk the mice and other prey that give them what their bodies really need: animal protein.

All cats are “obligate,” or true carnivores. Which means they have to eat a diet rich in meat. Unlike us, their bodies are unable to combine incomplete plant proteins (such as beans and rice) into complete amino acid profiles. Which is a fancy way of saying there’s no possible way to meet your cat’s nutritional needs on a vegan diet.

So when planning your feline’s meals, make sure quality meats are always the main ingredient, as they are in all Fussie Cat recipies. And if anyone asks, tell them your companion is an Octo-Beefo-Porko-Pescatarian.