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HOW TO KEEP SNAKES OFF FROM YOUR HOMES

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Imagine seeing a snake around your house or yard, how terrifying that maybe. It’s really going to be a very shocking scenario. Most snakes are non poisonous, and are good for our garden, feasting on pets that damages and destroys our plants.
But however, snakes has this terrifying stigma that makes one startle when he or she sees it. So if you hate snakes as much as I do, and don’t want to see them around your house or yard then this article is for you. I took the privilege to write this article on how to keep snakes off from your homes.

To keep snakes out off your house and yard, then you really need to do your homework. It’s upto you to put in the work to see that your aim is achieved.

So what are those things i should do to keep snakes away from my house?

1 Ensure To Always Clean Up Your Yard.

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To keep snakes or any other reptiles off your house or yard you need to properly clean up your environment.

Get rid of tall grass, brush piles, and stacks of junks. Ensure to cut down the grasses very low and get them properly disposed. Because snakes uses this grasses and piles of dead shrubs as camouflage and hide outs.

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Tall grasses, bushy areas, wood piles, rock piles, and overgrown shrubs are perfect habitat for mice, rats, and insects, which makes them the perfect habitat for snakes, too. So getting rid of them and well disposed leaving your yard well cleaned up will go along way to keep snakes and other repiles off from your yard.

 

2 Be Conscious Of Wet Areas.

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It’s very important that you eliminate wet area. Snakes and other reptiles loves wet, cool, damp areas.

Ensure to get rid of all stagnant water around your house or yard. Fix drainage issues. Ensure to trim down tall grasses and shrubs, rake the remains and dispose them properly.

Ensure to cut down some tree branches that may be preventing sunlight in some areas. Get rid of anything that retains water and do anything possible bring in more sunlight into your yard, which will help to send snakes away.

3 Ensure To Seal Your Home.

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Seal every possible entrance of snakes into your house. Concentrate vividly on small holes either beside the fence or house walls.

Snakes are good in fitting into tight spots and holes. Alittle door space, or gap under the door can fit in a snake. So it’s really important you fill in holes and gaps on the walls. Shut your doors always.

If there is a gap under your door ensure to fill the gap with cloths to avoid snakes or any other creepy reptiles from creeping into your House.

4 Protect Your Farm House.

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If you have a farm house, let’s say a chicken, bunnies or rabbit farm it’s very important you protect them from predators attacks like snakes.

Snakes have high smelling sense, they can sense when a farm is around. They will try to sneak in and snatch eggs from the chicken or worse attack the chickens or bunnies, because snakes views them as an easy source of food.

How Do I Protect My Farm House From Snake Attacks?

  • Ensure to wrap the entire cage in hardware cloth (including the floor). Make sure no large space or spot is left out.
  • Always keep the door closed at all times, to prevent easy entry of snakes into the farm house
  • Repair or replace any damages such as hardware cloth, boards or roofing materials to prevent any easy entries of creepy reptiles such as snakes and monitor lizards.

5 Grow Snake Repellent Plants Around Your House Or Yard.

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Growing snake repellent plants is a good approach to keep snakes off your homes and yard.

Snake repellent plants like West Indian Lemongrass, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, and Marigolds can keep snakes away from an environment entirely. Ensure to grow any of this snake repellent plants around the corners of your yard, in your garden and more especially grow this plants near your windows and doors areas.

This plants gives off a strong odor that repels many garden pests, critters and reptiles. Combination of these three plants can create a free snake zone. So it’s best you have the three plants around the corners of your yard or compound.

6 Spray Snake Repellent On Your Walls.

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Snake repellent sprays are great to keep snakes off your yard too. They mostly come in liquid and powder form. You can spray on the external walls of your house or a powder, which you can sprinkle throughout your yard. These repellents are environmentally friendly and will not harm your pets.

You can make your own diy snake repellent.

Mix equal amounts of salt and crushed garlic add about 1 glass cup of water.

Sprinkle it around the entrances to your home, garden, or anywhere else you don’t want snakes to be.

7 Keep Snake Foods Away From Your Home.

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Snakes loves feeding on rodents, and insects, so it’s really important you get rid of rodents and insects in your house or around your compound to avoid attracting snakes.

How Do I Get Rid Of Rodents And Insects?

  • Use traps to hunt down rodents such as mice and rats at once.
  • Use poisoned bait traps. Poison bait traps also capture the mice so they can’t run away after they eat it. Note: keep away this poison bait traps away from your pets. Don’t keep the poison near any food items since they could cross-contaminate one another.

In Conclusion

It’s important you take appropriate measures to ensure that snakes are far away from your home. Although some snakes are non venomous (non poisonous) and can be very helpful to our garden as they hunt down rodents and other small animals which destroys our crops and plants.

Snakes like king snakes, milk snakes, black racers and indigo are all non venomous Snakes and they even hunt down venomous snakes and eat them. You can read how to spot venomous Snakes.

However, Every tips given in this article is very effective and Important In keeping snakes off from your yard.

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10 Best Security Guard Dogs Most Suitable For Security Guards

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Barking can be done by any dog. Of course all dogs barks, but it takes more than barking to know a good security dog. Security guard dogs barks too, but they are more agile and eager to attack anything unusual on sight without any hesitation. So, are seeking for the best security guard dogs to protect and guide your families, and properties? Then you’re definitely in the right place. This article contains the list of 10 best security guard dogs most suitable for security guards.

1. Bullmastiff

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Bullmastiff breeds by nature are probably the best guard dogs you can ever think of. With an intimidating look and strong protective instincts, bullmastiff can make a great guard dog. If they are well trained they can also get along well with children.

To be an obedient guard dog, Bullmastiff breeds needs attention from the owner, You should take him as a part of the family. Otherwise, the dog would become destructive. A well-raised bullmastiff becomes extremely loyal to the family.

A well trained bullmastiff could easily distinguish between good and bad people. And protects the family at his very best.

This breed embodies tremendous strength and well muscular builded. A fully grown male bullmastiff has between 64 and 69 c.m and weight up to 59 kg, and can take down a fully grown man.

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But, at first, they make an intimidating growling on noticing a suspicious stranger. If the stranger still won’t leave or back off the dog would attack immediately without hesitation, unless been commanded by the owner not to.

2. Doberman

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Doberman breeds are popularly known dogs for security guards, they are popularly used by the military. These dog breeds are very energetic, alert, intelligent, loyal and obedient. They also love to be given attention by their owner, consider them as part of the family too. This will enable the dog build a strong bond with the family and guarding becomes his prime purpose.

Speaking of security guard dogs, the doberman would take immediate action against the intruders. Doberman’s barking is very intimidating. So, barking itself is enough to keep the strangers at a distance. If the suspicious person won’t leave or stay away, they will attack instantly. This breeds are very fast and agile, Doberman could reach the intruder in short time.

At the same time it would be interesting to let you know that a well trained doberman breed shows deep respect for their owner’s command. So, when you have a guest or visitor at home, all you have to do is issue out a command and your dobie will remain calm and step back.

3. German Shepherd

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German Shepherd is originally bred in Germany to herd sheep. This breed has a great reputation as a natural guard dog. Despite its primitive, wolf-like appearance the German Shepherd is a relatively modern breed of dog.

The German Shepherd Dog is a breed of large-sized dog that originated in Germany in 1899. As part of the Herding Group, German Shepherds are working dogs developed originally for herding and guarding sheep. Because of their strength, intelligence and abilities in obedience training they are often employed in police and military roles around the world.

This loyal breed will always alert you if something unusual is happening around your home. Being a large sized breed, they can also take down any intruder if needed. If owners demanded, a well trained German Shepherd doesn’t show any aggression towards the house guests visitors.

4. Giant Schnauzer

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Just like German Shepherd, Gaint schnauzer also has a good reputation as a natural guard dog. This breeds are large, bold, intelligent and powerful.

This breed is well known for working as a military dog in World War 1 and  2. Giant schnauzers are easy to train. They have deep loyalty with the family and strong territorial instincts, this makes giant schnauzer one of the best security great guard dogs.

Gaint schnauzer has a natural protecting instincts. They will alert you with a menacing bark and may also bite if the threat persists.

A fully grown male giant schnauzer measure 66-71 cm in height and up to 48 kg in weight. This intimidating size along with dark facial mask could terrify any stranger, and keep Intruders at distance.

5. Rottweiler

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When you’re seeking for one of the best security guard dogs, rottweilers are not to be exempted. This breed is very aggressive when it comes to security purposes. Infact being a security guard dog is it’s full time job. Rottweilers are naturally protective, this breed can be a great guard dog for your family. But remember, your Rottie would listen to you only if he is properly trained.

Being naturally protective, rottweilers can take down anything being of a threat to their family without any hesitation. As an owner you have to ensure that your rottie’s territorial Instincts are under control. To do so, you need to make sure your dog is properly socialized.

READ: 10 MOST FRIENDLY AND DELIGHTFUL DOG BREEDS

6. Akita

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Naturally Akita breeds are difficult to train, but a well trained Akita dog displays full potential of a security guard dog and also make a good companion. This large breed is alert, courageous, dignified and loyal.

Akitas loves been given attention from their owner, the are deeply affectionate and respectful with the members of the family.
they won’t bark without a proper reason, and when they do, it means something unusual is happening. This breed have great security potentials. They are naturally very suspicious of strangers and show no hesitation in taking action if needed. At the owner’s command, a well trained Akita shows no problem in welcoming a guest.

7. American Pit Bull Terrier

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American pit bull terrier are known for their powerful strength and boldness, they are protective and at the same time aggressive in nature, but it all comes down to training. If you train and treat a Pit Bull well, it makes a loving family dog and protective guard dog. Their fierce nature comes out as soon as they feel threatened.

with their visibly strong jaws a pit bull can take down a full grown man. Their deep, loud barks, can keep Intruders at distance.

When you have a pitbull is at home, your house and properties are definitely safe.

8. Cane Corso

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The Cane Corso, is a large Italian dog breed that is used as a guardian, and for protection, tracking and as a police dog

The Cane Corso is a Mastiff-type dog with a long history of military service. As far back as the Roman Empire, these dogs were a staple of European campaigns in the Legion.

They were bred to guard, hunt, and do anything else required of them. Cane Corsos have a lot of energy, so you need to be ready to devote 45-60 minutes to exercise each day. They are eager to please and enjoy working alongside their human family.

9. Belgian Malinois

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Belgian Malinois looks just like a German Shepherd, Actually, this breed is small and short haired than German Shepard. At the same time, malinois is an excellent police and one of the best security guard dogs ever known. They are very bright, alert, loyal, active and also stubborn.

To raise your malinois puppy as an obedient guard dog, you have to give him consistent training. This intelligent breed learns tricks quickly.

The important thing you need to know about Belgian malinois is they have strong protective instincts. They are suspicious of strangers. There is also chances of being territorial. The level of aggression of your dog depend on the quality of socialization they got on training.

10. Caucasian Shepherd Dog

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The Caucasian Shepherd Dog is a large guard dog breed from the Caucasus Mountains, commonly bred in the mountainous regions of Georgia.

Caucasian Shepherd dogs were used for centuries to protect properties from trespassers, guard livestock from large and small predators such as wolves and coyotes, and for many other duties. In modern days, especially in the West, they’re most commonly companions and watchdogs.

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10 MOST FRIENDLY AND DELIGHTFUL DOG BREEDS

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Dogs are lovely and adorable creatures, known as man’s best friend. Apart from their 100 percent loyalty and submissiveness, dogs are good companionship and renders unconditional love. But not all breeds can be friendly with all members of the family and other pets. Some dog breeds can be very possessive and aggressive. Thats why In this very article I’m going to make a list of 10 most friendly and delightful dog breeds.

This article is going to help you choose the right dog as your pet, because choosing the right dog is like choosing a new family member. You would like to choose a dog that will be friendly to all family members and other pets right? That’s what this article is all about.

1 Labrador Retriever Breeds.

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This is one of the most popular and friendly dog breeds. The Labrador breeds are soft and gentle, very social, playable and patient. They are very intelligent and very fun to have around with a great sense of humour and adventure.

The Labrador retriever breeds are playful dogs, the love playing with kids. Infact the love being around kids. So if you’re seeking for a playmate for your Kids, then you should really consider the Labrador breeds.

2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Breeds.

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The cavalier dog breeds are sweet gentle dogs, very gentle and energetic too. Just like the Labrador breeds, they love playing with kids too. snuggling up on labs for cuddles.

The cavalier dog breeds, are very social and security conscious too. The easily socialize with new family members and house pets too.

 

3 Golden Retriever Breeds

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The golden retriever dog breeds are very famous for it’s cuteness. They are cheerful, confident and calm. Golden retrievers keep their friendly attitude with everyone. More importantly, they even become friendly with strangers.

The golden retriever breeds are very gentle in nature and can socialize with any body including other house pets. A well trained golden retriever dog shows no bad attitude, very submissive and obedient to it’s owner.

4 Havanese Breeds.

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Havanese dog breeds are mostly used as pets all over the world. Popularly known for its small size and it’s adorable and attractive looks.

The havanese dog breeds are hairy in nature. They are gentle, playful and affectionate. The havanese dog breeds remain peaceful and delightful to everyone in the family. Very social and friendly. He will always want to be with you all the time.

READ: FOODS THAT CAN BE DANGEROUS TO YOUR DOG’S HEALTH WHEN CONSUMED

5 Poodle Breeds.

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Poodles are very cute, very affectionate and intelligent. It’s great to have a poodle dog in the family.

Poodles are always eager to play games, they are very playful in nature with exceptional loyalty. They always like to get your attention and make you smile with their playful nature. They are playful to both adults, children and other house pets.

6 Collie Breeds.

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Collies are very active dog breeds, very friendly but yet very protective. Their loyalty is out of this world. They are also very gentle in nature.

Collies are very quick learners, making them easy to train. They socialize fast with new family members. Collies are very caring and they try to please the family with their playfulness.

A well trained collie dog can remain quite in doors. But truth be told they always like to be around the family members. Especially they are very comfortable being around children, they see kids as playmates.

7 Beagle Breeds.

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Beagles are cute. Infact you’ll fall in love with this breed of dog at first sight. They are very energetic dogs, with quick socialization. Beagles can be friends with anyone adults, children, even strangers. They are active, gentle and playful.

Beagles have that great character of making a strong bond with every member of the family.

8 Irish Setter Breeds.

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Irish setter dog breeds are known for their hairy brown coat. They are very cute and energetic dogs. Very playful and can socialize with everyone one.

The Irish setter dog breeds loves playing with children. Infact they are more comfortable with children. They love being around their family so much because they hate being alone.

They exhibit their best behaviour when they are surrounded by their loved ones.

9 Pug Breeds.

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Pug dog breeds are good dogs. Very quiet, charming and friendly in nature. Most people say they are bred to be a companion dogs which I won’t oppose.

Pugs loves to be surrounded by the family. In fact, that’s what pugs wanted the most. They hate being alone. Pugs plays alot with kids, because of their small size, they see kids are their best companion and playmate.

10 The Bull Dog.

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The bull dog are very lovely and friendly breed of dogs. Please don’t mistake or confuse them with The Bull Terrier or The Pit Bull. All three of them are completely different.

Bull dogs are very friendly and loyal to both adults and children. Especially friendly to children. Infact bull dogs have a strong bond with Children. They are known for getting well along with children.

They are recognized as excellent family pets. Although bull dogs can be stubborn, it’s in their nature but a well trained bull dog remains totally submissive and obedient.

The very good thing about bull dogs is they socialize very fast with other house pets. If you already have a dog or you’re planning to bring in a new one it won’t take time for bull dogs to associate.

Note: If you are interested in a Bulldog, keep in mind that the compressed nature of their jaw means they’ll need a little extra care in the teeth cleaning area, and wheezing, snoring and some drooling is par for the course. On the other hand, their coat needs minimal care, although the folds around their tail and facial wrinkles will need to be cleaned to prevent dirt build-up.

READ: HOW TO TEACH YOUR DOG SOME BASIC TRAINING COMMAND

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SOME HARMFUL FOODS YOU SHOULD NEVER GIVE TO YOUR CAT

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Cats are small domestic animals that belongs to the carnivorous family. Although there are wild cats that moves about freely avoiding human contact.

House cats are domesticated cat, kept as a pet mostly for human companionship and for it’s ability to Chase and hunt down rodents.

Cats are the second most popular pet in the world with range number of 88.3million, behind fresh water fish which is about 142 million. It’s no doubt that cats are lovely and beautiful creatures, although they are pompous and arrogant in Nature.

Having a cat as an house pet doesn’t necessarily mean you have to feed him with any human food you like. This is because some food we humans eat can be very toxic or harmful to cats health if being consumed by them. It can affect their digestive system, causing diarrhea, vomiting or loss of appetite.

Here are some foods that can be toxic or harmful to your cat’s health if being consumed.

1. ALCOHOL.

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Never give your cat alcoholic beverages, it’s very harmful to their health, as little as a teaspoon can cause severe liver and brain damage. Alcohol can also cause intoxication, coma or worse even death when consumed in a large quantity by your cat. Alcohol is extremely very dangerous to cats health, because its been absorbed very quickly by the body.

 

2. ONIONS AND GARLIC.

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All family of onions and garlic can cause severe damage to the cats system when consumed in a sufficient quantity.

Although alittle bit of onion or garlic is not really likely to cause any problems, however when a cat consumes a whole clove of onion or garlic can cause serious health problems or issues, this is because all family of onions and garlic Contains Sulfoxides  and  Disulphides which can Poison a cat by breaking down it’s red blood cells which can lead to anemia, lethargy, weight loss and gastrointestinal problems. Although alittle quantity of garlic and onion consumed by your cat be it cooked, dehydrated, or powdered can cause digestive upset.

READFOODS THAT CAN BE DANGEROUS TO YOUR DOG’S HEALTH WHEN CONSUMED

3. RAW EGGS.

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Feeding your cat with raw egg isn’t really a good idea, even for we humans, this is because eating raw eggs or uncooked eggs can lead to Salmonella. The symptoms of salmonella poisoning are: vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.

That’s not the only reason why you shouldn’t feed your cat with raw or uncooked eggs. Raw eggs Contains enzyme called Avidin. This enzyme has the ability to decrease the absorption process of vitamin B called Biotin. Which can cause hair coat and skin problem to your cat.

 

4. RAW FISH.

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As we all know cats belongs to the carnivorous family because they Chase and hunt down rodents, and for this reason cats loves eating raw fish, but it is not safe to feed your cat with raw fish. This is because it can cause gastrointestinal upsets in cats and also poisoning because of the bacteria in raw fish. Consumption of raw fish by cats can destroy an essential Vitamin in their system called Thiamine.

When this essential Vitamin is missing in your cat, it can cause disorders of the nervous system, and can lead to loss of appetite, seizures and death.

 

5. YEAST DOUGH.

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When making your own bread or pizza dough, you’ll notice that the yeast makes the dough rise. Feeding your cat with dough is not really a good idea. This is because, if your cat eats the dough, it will rise in his stomach, this is really not good for your cat’s health. The is because when the dough rises in your cat’s stomach it expands and stretches his stomach Which will cause him pain, and could even result to stomach and intestines rapture.

Not only that, when dough is consumed by cats it faments in the cats stomach, the yeast releases alcohol which is very dangerous or harmful to cats.

 

6. CHOCOLATE

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We human loves Chocolate, especially kids, but why can’t you feed your cat with Chocolate? Chocolate Contains Theobromine which can lead to tremors, irregular heartbeat, seizures and death when being consumed by cats. Be it white chocolate, baked Chocolate, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate. But the worst and most dangerous is baked Chocolate, after that, dark chocolate, then white chocolate, the less dangerous or harmful one is white chocolate.

READHOW TO GET RID OF TAPEWORM IN DOGS

7. GREEN TOMATOES AND POTATOES.

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Green tomatoes and potatoes Contains alkaloin called  Glycoalkaloid salamine. Which is very toxic and harmful to cats it can lead to lower gastrointestinal problems. Although some pet food Contains tomatoes, but they are in a very little quantity and are ripe, so they won’t really cause any harm.

 

8. CAFFEINE

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Caffeine are found in coffee, tea, Chocolates, colas, and even in some medicines. Caffeine can be very harmful to cat’s health, alittle dose of caffeine when consumed by your cat can cause restlessness, rapid breathing, tremors and heart palpitations. When consumed in large quantity can tripple the severeness of the above mentioned problems and can lead to death.

READHOW TO GET RID OF CONSTIPATION IN DOGS

9. MILK

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Cats loves milk. For kittens (baby cats) it’s ok to feed them with milk, but for adults cats it’s not really a good idea. This is because adult cats are lactose intolerant. This means adult cats has a decreased ability to digest lactose (a sugar found in dairy products).

Adults cats has a difficult time processing diary Products because they don’t have sufficient amount of the lactose enzyme which breaks down the lactose in milk. Feeding your adult cat with milk can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. If you must feed your cat with milk, ensure you purchase from local pet store where you can get lactose – free milk. This way your cat enjoy milk without any downsides or complications.

 

10. XYLITOL

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The components Xylitol can be found in many Products such as: chewing or bubble gum, candy, toothpaste, diet foods, baked foods. If your cat accidentally ingests or consumes xylitol, it can lead to serious health issues such as: liver failure. Xylitol can also increase your cat’s insulin levels which Will in return lower your cat’s sugar level. The first sign of xylitol intoxication are: loss of coordination, vomiting, and lethargy. When not Treated the symptoms can result to seizure and eventually resulting to liver failure.

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If you notice any signs of indications that your cat might or may have consumed any of the above mentioned food items, do not hesitate to call the vet as soon as possible. And most importantly keep all food out of reach of your cat.

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