While mild stomachaches may be experienced when ingested, there is no known species of orchid that has been proven fatal to cats. The ASPCA has determined that orchids are non-toxic plants safe for households with feline members.
Since cats' digestive systems are not made to handle plants, a cat that ingests an orchid may vomit or have diarrhea. This stomachache is a brief event and the cat generally avoids ingesting the plant after experiencing it. For stubborn cats that continue to bother with household orchids, owners must redirect the cat with new toys or treats to take attention away from the plant. Storing the orchid in a place where it cannot be accessed is an ideal way to prevent the cat from ingesting the plant.Learn More
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Before traveling with a cat, talk to a veterinarian to determine if the destination is safe from diseases, whether the cat requires vaccinations and if the weather is suitable. Airlines require a health certificate within 10 days of a flight, and trips in vehicles require one within 30 days.Full Answer >
Keep a cat from scratching furniture by deterring her with unpleasant sprays or tapes, displacing her favorite scratching area and dulling her claws to prevent damage. Apply an herbal spray deterrent or double-sided tape to the edges of upholstered furniture, which is a prime scratching location to prevent her from shredding the fabric. Because of the unpleasant sensation that these products produce for cats, this is usually sufficient.Full Answer >
To hug a cat, PetMD recommends gently petting the animal to test his receptiveness. The person should speak softly and then slowly put the cat into his lap. Another tactic is to sit near the cat and wait for him to approach on his own terms.Full Answer >