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House plants that are toxic to cats

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Which house plants are harmful to cats?

Common house plants can be poisonous or cause allergies to your cat.

 

amaryllis toxic plant to cats
Amaryllis

Amaryllis – a popular present at Christmas (keep out of your pets reach)

Aphelandra

Azalea

Castor Oil Plant

Christmas Cherry

Chrysanthemum

Codiaeum

croton house plant toxic to cats
Toxic house plant -croton

Croton

cyclamen toxic plant to cats
Cyclamen

 

Cyclamen

Devil’s Ivy

Dieffenbachia

Elephant’s ear,

Caladium)

FernsHolly

Hypoestes phyllostachya

Hyacinthus Ivy ( Hedera)

Kalanchoe

mistletoe toxic plant to cats
Mistletoe

 

Mistletoe

 

oleander plant toxic to cats
Oleander

 

Oleander

Ornithogalum

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

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Peace lily

Poinsettia

Senecio

Spotted dumb cane

Star of Bethlehem

Umbellatum
Umbrella Plant

Zebra Plant

Cats and allergies to plants

Plants may cause blistering or itching of the mouth and gums.

Sneezing and eye problems can also be caused through contact with plants.
Contact with the leaves of food plants such as tomato, strawberry, rhubarb, parsnips, carrot, celery, marrow and cucumbers can cause irritation.
Geranium and Primula leaves can also cause similar skin problems.
Many plants that are poisonous when eaten may also have the potential to cause skin irritation on contact with their leaves or sap.
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If you think your cat is unwell contact your vet for advice.
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The big meow – hello

Charlie ShortTail

The big meow with Charlie ShortTail

Hi I’m Charlie ShortTail and I have a lot to say.

Welcome to the big meow  – this is where I get the chance to speak. Although Mama would say I never stop!

I talk to my furriends on twitter everyday and sometimes use my banana phone for private cat chats… He He.

Lando my big brofur is a connoisseur (cat who knows a lot about certain stuff) on banana toys, and in fact cat nip toys in general.

 He likes to give all toys a good product testing, including biting, kicking, slobbering and a general good beating up.

I’m a little more relaxed wiv my toys and life in general. Sleeping is a speciality mine, I love to nap and chill out in my bed.

I like to write about my adventures and fun times in a bit more detail sometimes ; such as my awful experience wiv tar.

Charlie and the awful tar episode

 

Cats are amazing, we are cuddly, fun and have so many talents. These are a few of my favourite cat facts:

Us cats can make over 100 sounds and dogs only about 10… Oh dear!

laughing-cat Cats laugh!

I can run faster than Usian Bolt ( but only when I feel like it).

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People who own cats live longer and are less likely to die of a heart attack and stroke.

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My purrs are healing…

Birman

Some friends with a lot to say too

 

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Which cat breed to choose – cat personalities

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Which cat breed to choose based on personality

Which breed of cat will be most suitable for your family and lifestyle?

Lively, active and needing a lot of attention

Abyssinian, Balinese, Burmese, Cornish and Devon Rex, Egyptian Mau, Javanese, Oriental Short and Longhairs, Russian Blue, Siamese, Somali and Tonkinese.

These intelligent cats needs stimulation, company and the opportunity to play and exercise.

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Abyssinian
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Rex
Siamese cat meowing
Oriental

Vocal Cats

Balinese, Japanese Bobtail, Javanese, Oriental Long and Shorthairs, Siamese and Tonkinese.

These cats are opinionated and have plenty to say; they are beautiful and respond well to lots of attention.

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Siamese
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Oriental

Lap cats – friendly and a little less active

American Wirehair, Birman, British Shorthair, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan,

Persian, Ragdoll, and the Snowshoe.

They love a nice quiet cuddle and do not need constant attention and play.

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Cream Persian
birman
Birman

Quiet and watchful cats

American Wirehair, Birman, British Shorthair, Korat, Scottish Fold, Havana Brown.

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British Shorthair
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Korat

Cats that need a lot of Grooming

Maine Coon (also very friendly), Norwegian Forest cat, Persian, Ragdoll, Longhaired Scottish Fold.

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Himalayan Persian
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Maine Coon

Choosing a cat

Choose a cat wisely to fit in with your lifestyle and family.

Kittens need a lot of attention and care, so it may be that an older cat is more suitable.

Always take care to get a cat from a registered breeder, cat shelter or from a known and trusted source.

Charlie says “cats make great best friends”.

 

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Wow- 10 more facts about cats

Charlie ShortTail

10 more great facts about cats

1. Cats use their lips and nose to sense temperature.

Their bodies have low sensitivity to temperature which is why your cay may sit so close to a fire it may singe its’ fur.

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2. Cats can see in light so dim that scientific instruments struggle to detect it.

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3. Cats sleep for 70% of their lives.

Ginger babies
Ginger babies

4. The world’s largest cat measured 48.5 inches long.

large maine coon cat
Not me, but a Maine coon just like me.

5. Owning a cat can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by a third.

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6. Female cats are typically right-pawed while male cats are typically left-pawded.

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7. Cats have a longer-term memory than dogs; especially when they learn by actually doing rather than simply seeing.

Basically, cats have a lower social IQ than dogs, but can solve more difficult cognitive problems when they feel like it.

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8. Cats have 1,000 times more data storage than an iPad.

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9. Cats only sweat through their foot pads.

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10.The Egyptian Mau is the oldest breed of cat.

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Charlie says “are gingers the friendliest type of cat?”

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pure breed cats

Cat breeds from around the world – North America

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Cat breeds- North America

Opicat male

A stunning male Opicat

Ocicat

Named from the wild Ocelet, as it has a spotted coat. It is one of the few breeds of cat that will walk on a lead.

Peke-faced Persian

This is a variety of Red Persian cat. The face is similar to the face of the Pekingese dog.

Tortoiseshell & White Longhair

This cat has the three colours of tortoiseshell: black, red and cream. The fur is silky, thick and dense and the cat has a solid, broad shape.

Colourpoint Longhair

A long-haired Persian style cat which has breed bred from Siamese, Birman and Persian cats.

Lilac Longhair

A cat developed from selective breeding from the Himalayan cat. It has a Persian style pink-grey coat, with a solid, cobby body and has a thick tail with a plume.

Chocolate Longhair

Also developed form selective breeding from the Himalayan cat. It has rich, dense fur in a chocolate colour with patches of red, cream and brown.

Balinese

A long-haired Siamese cat; the varieties are the same as those in the Siamese breed.

Maine Coon

This distinctive American breed developed from farm cats. It is a very large, sturdy, intelligent and it is an excellent family pet.

This cat has a shaggy, very thick coat which needs daily brushing to prevent matting of the fur.

maine coon cat
Maine coon

Somali

This is a cat with a ‘wild’ appearance but with the graceful body of the oriental breeds.

It is a mutation of the Abyssinian cat.

Cymric

This is a long-haired version of the Manx cat. A lively, intelligent cat which tolerates dogs well.

Javanese

The fur of the Javanese is long and silky and lacks an undercoat; the cat was bred from Balinese. It has a cream body with blue, tortoiseshell, lilac or pink-grey points.

Tiffany

A shaggy long-haired mutation of the Burmese cat in a seal-brown colour.

Ragdoll

This cat originated from California. This cat has a very high pain threshold and therefore injuries may go un-noticed. It is cat which needs tranquility and may do best living indoors.

American Shorthair

A hardy, healthy cat which is larger and more muscular than its British cousin.

American Wirehair

This cat has a coat with a rough texture and a curly or hooked hair which springs back when touched.

Exotic Shorthair

A descendant of the American Shorthair, similar to the Persian cat but with a more manageable fur coat.

Colourpoint Shorthair

These cats are produced by mating Siamese with Abyssinian cats, producing new colourings.

Foreign Shorthair

Sometimes called- Oriental Shorthair, a solid coloured Siamese cat.

There are varieties in white, black, smoke, cameo, chestnut and tortoiseshell.

Bombay

A cross breed of Burmese and American Shorthairs. It has a dense black and glossy coat.

Tonkinese

A cross between the Siamese and Burmese cat. A very affectionate cat.

Snowshoe

A creation between the Siamese cat and the Bicolour American shorthair. White paws indicate its name.

Sphinx

A hairless cat with a long and slender body, triangular shaped head and large pointed ears.

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Malayan

This cat differs from a Burmese cat only in colour; they are very affectionate cats.

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Cat breeds from around the world – Europe and Russia

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Cat Breeds -Europe and Russia

 

Norwegian forest cat

The magnificent Norwegian forest cat.

Norwegian Forest cat

An ancient and magnificent forest cat. Its features are similar to the American Maine Coon.

It is muscular, with large round eyes, with claws that enable it to climb rock walls.

White Longhair

White Persian- the pure white coat is silky and dense with a full frill around the neck.

They are affectionate and loving cats. Many of the blue-eyed white cats are born deaf.

Black Longhair (Black Persian)

A rare breed as the glossy black colour is difficult to breed as flecks of white or rust can show up in some kittens.

Cameo Longhair

This cat was bred from Smoke and Tortoiseshell Persians.

The Cameo has a fur with a very short colour-tipping which can give it a cloudy appearance.

Bicolour Longhair

These cats feature a solid colour with a white muzzle, chest, undersides and feet.

They have a lion-like frill around the neck and a thick, dense, silky fur coat.

Tortoiseshell Longhair

This is a very rare breed, which is always female due to genetic make-up necessary to produce the Tortoiseshell Persian.

Russian Blue

An elegant cat, similar to the Egyptian cat. A quiet and shy cat with a grey-blue thick coat.

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European Shorthair

Varieties of white, red, tortoiseshell, brown tabby, and tortoiseshell-and –white cats.

Siberian

They are said to have dog-like intelligence. They are large, gentle cats with thick, medium long fur.

 

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