Hailey The Cat

Hailey is 5 years old. She was born in a barn and someone found her.

She likes to chase anything with catnip in it. We decided to get a large can of tuna at our local Costco. I usually give Hailey the little tidbits at the bottom and I just had to take a picture of her with the giant warehouse can of tuna. She could fit her whole head in it!

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By Carol from Landisville, PA

October 10, 20080 found this helpful

That kitty is so beautiful!! Her fur is so gorgeous, I want to brush her. :-D

But please don't feed her any tuna from a can of "people food". Here are foods that cat owners shouldn't feed their kitties:

http://www.peteducation.com/article ... ls=0&cat=1276&articleid=1029

Give Hailey a big cuddle from me, please!

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Please don't feed your cat tuna fish as it's loaded with Mercury. Have you read that tuna and other types of fish are NOT recommended for pregnant women? Why? Possible harm to the fetus. Even healthy people should limit their intake of tuna. So as you can see even a small bit can be harmful to a little cat. I once had a beautiful Siamese Jezzebell who loved tuna, later in her life she developed Cancer and had to be put to sleep. Funny thing I didn't giver her but a tad, or maybe the water from the can. I've had cats since I was five years old, and never had one develop Cancer.

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I love the picture & beautiful cat. She's so big, do you think she might be a Maine Coon Cat?

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Hi, Please read this!

TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER GIVE YOUR PET

Dr. Karen Halligan, Director of Veterinary Services, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals LA

Having worked in emergency for numerous years and have seen pets given all kinds of foods and drinks. An easy rule of thumb, if it isnt particularly healthy for you, it most likely is not good for your cat or dog. Some pets will eat almost anything, so pet owners need to be careful or they could end up in the local emergency room. The following are ten bad things to give your pets.

1. It may come as a surprise to many that TUNA FISH is bad for cats. Felines heart muscle requires an amino acid called taurine to maintain normal strength and function. Regular tuna fish for humans does not have this amino acid and cats that eat too much tuna fish will develop heart problems. If you want to give your cats that taste of tuna that they love, just make sure it is tuna fish for cats which has this amino acid added.

2. MILK is also not good for animals because many of them are lactose intolerant and will develop diarrhea. Pets often lack the enzyme that is required to break down the sugar in milk and this can cause them to develop vomiting, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Even though they like it, especially cats, refrain from giving your pets milk.

3. HAM AND other SALTY MEATS and foods are very dangerous to pets. In addition to being high in fat, they are also very salty which can cause serious stomach ache or pancreatitis. Also, large breeds of dogs that eat salty food may drink too much water and develop a life-threatening condition called bloat. This is where the stomach fills up with gas and within several hours may twist causing the pet to die. Please avoid giving ham and salty foods to your pets.

4. CHOCOLATE can be lethal to pets because it contains theobromine which causes increased heart rate, central nervous system stimulation and constriction of arteries. Clinical symptoms range from vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, and excitability to cardiac failure, seizures and death. This can occur as quickly as four to six hours after ingestion. Baking chocolate is the worst because it contains the highest amount of theobromine. A potential lethal dose is only one pound of chocolate in a 16-pound dog. If your pet has gotten into chocolate you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

5. ALCOHOL is also very bad for cats and dogs. It doesnt take much alcohol to intoxicate a pet. Animals will stagger and bump into things, hurting themselves, and it also causes them to urinate uncontrollably. In high doses, alcohol will suppress the central nervous, respiratory and cardiac systems and can lead to death. It is best to just give your pet water.

6. ONIONS are toxic to pets. They contain allyl propyl disulfide, which damages their red blood cells and can cause fatal consequences in animals. They may become anemic, weak and have trouble breathing. The best thing to do if your pet ingests onions is to get them to the vet right away.

7. CAFFEINE is also bad for pets. It contains methylated xanthine that, like chocolate, stimulates the central nervous and cardiac systems and within several hours can cause vomiting, restlessness, heart palpitations and even death. So make sure your pets stay away from that early morning brew.

8. AVOCADOS are also bad for pets. First, they are really high in fat and can cause stomach upset, vomiting and even a pancreatitis. Second, the pit is also toxic and can get lodged in the intestinal tract leading to a severe blockage, which may require surgery.

9. Make no BONES about it -- bones are bad for animals! Every year countless numbers of animals end up in the emergency room from being given bones by their owners, usually as a treat. The fact is that dogs are omnivores, not carnivores and most dogs and cats cannot tolerate bones. They can splinter or lodge in the intestinal tract with disastrous results, usually requiring surgery. They can also get stuck in their mouth or throat, which is just as dangerous. All bones are bad, including pork, chicken and beef. The next time you feel the urge to give your dog a bone, just make sure its a milk bone or a nylabone. Your pet will love you for it.

10. The latest study has found that RAISINS AND GRAPES can lead to kidney failure in pets. Small dogs can also choke on grapes so it is best to just make sure that your pets eat a will balanced diet that is formulated for their life stage.

FOR THE LOVE OF YOUR CAT, GINA

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