Cat Health

Anesthesia For Hysterical Cat Owners

So we were seeing a vet yesterday. Kajsa and Tessa needed to get their teeth done as both cats had a lot of plaque.

The bandaged paw we showed yesterday was due to anesthesia. I was a bit surprised that only Tessa had bandages, but turned out that Kajsa wasn’t too tired for working hard on our way home – I found her bandages in her carrier, hehe.

taking your cats home after anesthesia

Tessa again was very tired. Kajsa ate a lot when we got home, but Tessa didn’t even care about her favorite treats.

cat feels so bad after anesthesia that she doesn't want to have treats

I was of course hysterical and wanted to nurse her. She sure was very tired because she let me put a blanket on her!

cat under blanket after anesthesia

Unfortunately, I didn’t stop there and made her a hot-water-bag as well. Sigh. Will I ever learn? Of course Tessa didn’t appreciate my efforts and decided that she had enough. So instead of laying in a den, she sat on the cold floor while Kajsa chose a high spot.

difficult to nurse cats

The cold floor and height didn’t really calm me down, but I tried very hard to ignore my patients. They obviously didn’t appreciate my non-existing nursing skills. Sigh. And of course everything went fine. Kajsa didn’t fall, and Tessa found a new spot to hang out. Both were behaving normal today and expected that the flow of treats will continue.

I think I’ll ask the vet next time if I can also get a shot to calm down.


Red Tooth Fairy

Any idea why Mom chose red nail polish to distinguish Kajsa’s toothbrush from Tessa’s? Hehehe.

She’s crazy. She’s been brushing our teeth once a week for over a year now, thinking that we’d get used to it, eventually making it to a nice daily routine. *shudder*

Worst of all – despite her efforts, we do have tartar, and will soon meet our vet again. You should think that she’d learn from her mistakes and stop brushing our teeth, but she just gets encouraged to brush our teeth more often.

WHAT?? Don’t big companies sell very tasty snacks for dental health ?!? Mom is very suspicious of them: if snacks helped minimizing plaque,  the market for human health products would explode in endless variations of dental snacks. Bah. Just because humans don’t have dental snacks means that we can’t have any?* Human logic anyone?


*Although she’s promised to give it a second thought and try, so let’s see. A portion of tasty dental treats could indeed become a very nice daily routine!


How to get to know your new neighborhood

The other day, we had an appointment for our annual veterinary check-up. Some of you may remember that I bought an old pram to cut down taxi bills: I don’t have a car, and two boxes are difficult to carry on public transportation.

I guess I can forget about being anonymous in my neighborhood.

P.S. They’re both doing great, but we need to get their teeth done this summer. Nothing serious though, only tartar and plaque.


Caution! Double-check your plants

A last smarty-pants post on the balcony: make sure to double-check poisonous plants to cats! I was lucky enough that I only lost money, but I could have ended up with an injured cat too.

I was very disappointed when I found out that I bought toxic flowers. I actually spend a lot of time in the flower shop, checking each plant I liked. I relied on a well-recognized and seemingly reliable source: ASPCA . While I do believe that ASPCA is in general a very good reference, mistakes happen to the best of us.

I fell in love with these flowers and checked the latin name Gypsophila elegans on ASPCA’s webpages. “Non-toxic to cats”. Great!

However, I accidentally found out that ASPCA had two articles on Gypsophila elegans under its common names Baby’s Breath and Maiden’s Breath. 

Source: Aspca , 06/25/17

The latin name is identical so we are dealing with the very same flower – but one is toxic and the other non-toxic. Obviously, ASPCA made a mistake here.

I didn’t mean to shame a great society, and I’m sure that they do put a lot of effort into their great list of toxic plants. However, mistakes do happen, and I’ve definitely learned a lesson: to double-check. Keep in mind that many webpages (including blogs) refer to ASPCA, so double-checking doesn’t help when both websites use the same source!

Opinions and research on toxic plants to cats differ, and you’re likely to find contradictory statements. Oh yes, I spend many hours googling a replacement for my flowers. In the end, I had a small list of flowers which a) most sources considered non-toxic, b) I liked, c) were not too expensive and d) suitable for sub-arctic climate and an eastward balcony.

P.S. I already emailed ASPCA and asked them to control their entries on Gypsophila elegans. I’m sure they do their best to keep their pages updated and reliable!


Dangerous Theft

Ups. I forgot to close the cupboard.

Looks like they had some fun. I tried very hard to not become hysterical when Tessa threw up parts of the packing. I observed her very carefully for some days though.

What would you do if this happens again? Was it naive that I didn’t go to the vet immediately?


EasyPill Cat

For their own best:

Whoever combined the words easy, pill and cat is hopefully FAR AWAY from my kitchen right now.

easypill cat

(No, nothing serious – “only” deworming before their annual vaccination shots.)

P.S. Sorry for the blog break, we’ll be back to normal next week. Thank you for all your comments and thoughts – I haven’t had time to catch up yet.


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Fish Oil

salmon oil for cats I’m in general pretty good at doing things I find disgusting. Cleaning a shower drain from hair? Feline and human excrements? No problem.

For a long time, I had only dog poop (seriously, this is one of the reasons why I’d never get a dog) on my “hello gag reflex” list … until I ordered salmon oil. Believe me, Finnish is known for its great variety of swearwords, but non of them described what I felt when I opened this bottle.

The fish oil was to help my cats with hairballs. Both love butter and olive oil, but I thought that salmon oil would be even better because cats can’t utilize vegetable fat and proteins. Although I eat mainly vegetarian food, bloody offals don’t disgust me. I’d like to feed BARF (a raw food diet) in the long run, and started giving them fresh meat and offals. That being said, I won’t buy salmon oil again. I was glad when it finally expired in January – I gagged every time I saw this bottle in my fridge. Which is weird, because I didn’t mind storing feline diarrhea for the lab last summer. Fish oil is definitely worse than diarrhea!

So we’ll go back to butter every now and then. Have you ever tried fish oil? I still think it’s a great alternative to butter. Tessa and Kajsa loved it, and it’s a useful supplement for our carnivores.

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Aptus Attapectin Review. (Pectin)

attapectin aptusOne of the many things I tried during our Diarrhea Drama was Aptus Attapectin. It consists of pectin and helps, according to the manufacturer, with minor gastrointestinal problems. 

Turned out that bacteria were causing their diarrhea, so pectin wasn’t really helping – which is fine, but I was annoyed about something else: it was a bloody (literally speaking) battle to get my cats to swallow any pill. I decided to give Attapectin a try when I read that you can dissolve it in water. Perfect, because it’s much easier to give Kajsa and Tessa liquids with syringes. It was, however, impossible to give Attapectin as a liquid: Dissolved in water, its texture was “porridge” and therefore too thick for a syringe.

Orion Pharma’s customer service was excellent and compensated me with a great parcel. They also recommended to use a bigger syringe next time. Great idea, but you can’t get any bigger from Finnish pharmacies.

Have you ever tried pectin with your cats? I’d love to hear your experiences, because Tessa and Kajsa are sometimes struggling with stomach problems.


Power outage is never funny, but it gets worse when it happens on a cold and dark December day in Finland. Tessa and Kajsa were first thrilled because I could neither read nor use any technical device: they had my full attention. However, our heating system needs electricity, and the fun part stopped when it became very cold inside.

I wasn’t sure what to do, and asked Punapippuri’s Äiti for help: is it better to keep the cats in a cold house or transport them somewhere warm? She advised us to stay home and had a brilliant idea: to check if we had some warm water left. I filled glass containers with warm water, and tried to convince Tessa and Kajsa with treats to lay next to them. Well, they ate the treats, tried to tilt the containers, and went away. Sigh.

how to warm up cats

It got colder and colder. I played a lot with them to keep them moving, and fed their favorite food to make them eat. I also tried to cover them with blankets whilst they were sleeping. Let’s put it that way: they didn’t quite get the idea. Sigh.

I eventually realized that I was a hysterical newbie again – if they don’t seek warmth, they’re probably not cold enough. So yes, after MONTHS of sanity, they made me going crazy again, good job!

(P.S. Yes, we’ve electricity again!)

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