Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pet Danders...I Mean Dangers

You know, this time of the year, we are all so "wrapped up" in doing things for others that sometimes we forget to take a little extra precautionary measures with our pets.  I wanted to remind you of a few things that can be very dangerous for those loved ones in our lives.

The first story that comes to mind occurred when I had cats.  Lets see, there was Inkers (short for Inky??), Fatty Fuchsia and, of course, Vern.  We lived in a condo at the time and Joe had moved in with us.  Christmas was rapidly approaching and so the tree was set up in the living room all decorated nice and pretty.  Beautiful quilted ornaments, shiny balls, lights and TINSEL.  You know those shiny strands that resemble thin silver snakes that move with each small waft of air.  Vern LOVED TINSEL.  He used to eat it!  Then, when he could, he'd "yak" it up.  One time, though, he got really, really sick from ingesting it and I had to bring him to the Vet to get him "cleaned out", so to speak. I have never used TINSEL again!  Of course, getting the tinsel out of him was only half of the adventure! 

Being a very rambunctious kitten, Vern thought that he literally could launch himself in the air from a standing position.  Right before he jumped, he would let out this blood curdling cry.  I swear to goodness!!  It sounded like a roar and meow put together.

  In fact, that day when I brought him to the Vet, he slowly paced the table while the Vet had his back turned.  I was standing next to the table and suddenly "that cry" came out of his mouth.  I thought... where could he go?  What could he get to from the middle of the room on a stainless steel examination table?
Well, I guess it was the fact that he was feeling lighter (now that all that TINSEL was gone from his stomach) because I watched that dude leap and soar higher that Rudolf ever could!  

He ended up on the top of the upper cabinets!  The Vet couldn't believe it nor could I.  My Vet had to go get a ladder, climb up and wait for Vern.  Oh, did I tell you that whenever Vern was up on something high, my son and I had taught him to "climb down" using a human ladder?   So, I told my Vet, just put your arms up on the tippy top of the cabinets and Vern will climb down your body.  Here's an old "before and after".

Hmmmm...so that's one danger: TINSEL

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Nancy C said...

Oh my gosh! I knew about the tinsel issue with cats -- I don't use it either -- but that's quite a leap for a cat that just had surgery. Boy, they are resilient, aren't they? Thanks for sharing this information. It may save someone's kitty from going to the vet this Christmas season. :)

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Sounds like one smart and active cat. My little ChiChi loves to eat tinsel and she's a dog..lol..oh don't tell her though..she thinks she's human.

TexWisGirl said...

Wow! Vern sounds like some cat! Love those before and after (or during) photos!

Tiggeriffic said...

You wanted a pattern for a 2 year old.. please e-mail me with your e-mail address and I'll see what I can do for you...
My cats used to eat tinsel.. Oh that was so bad. I quit putting tinsel on my tree.
You are so funny...how the vet got your cat down from high above.

Chatty Crone said...

What a great idea JP, if he learns to run up - he has to learn to come down!


Angela said...

Yikes! I never thought about cats eating the tinsel! I've not ever used tinsel but was thinking about it for this year. Luckily I don't have any cats!

Tuesdays' Show & Tail!

ps Sorry I'm late! Was having internet connection problems for over a week!


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