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Posted: April 16, 2017

BC SPCA East Kootenay Branch Update

Sophie is a wonderful young kitty. She is a little shy and takes a while to get used to new situations. She likes to have hiding areas to feel safe. If you are patient, gentle and live in a quiet home, Sophie will certainly come out of her shell for you! She would be best in a home with no young children as loud noises and fast movements startle her.

Toxic for cats: What to avoid feeding your feline

Our feline family members can be finicky about what they eat – but if they want human food, it might not be the best idea.

“Feeding your cat anything not specifically formulated for cats can affect their digestive system and cause symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea or loss of appetite,” says Dr. Emilia Gordon, BC SPCA senior manager, animal health.

“There are a few food items – and recreational habits – you may want to ensure your cat doesn’t get into.”

If you suspect your cat has ingested something he shouldn’t, you should contact your veterinarian immediately for advice, Gordon notes.

What to avoid: 

Alcohol – Alcohol can cause intoxication, lack of coordination, poor breathing, abnormal acidity and potentially even a coma or death.

Chocolate – Chocolate usually contains caffeine as well as theobromine and theophylline, which can be toxic and cause heart arrhythmias, muscle tremors, or seizures.

Citrus oil extracts – Can cause vomiting.

Coffee, tea, energy drinks – These and other caffeinated drinks and foods can cause your cat to become restless, have rapid breathing, heart palpitations, or muscle tremors.

Maggie is a very sweet girl with a bit of Catitude! She is looking for a home in which she can be the queen. She does get along with other cats and loves attention on her terms. She would do best in a quieter home.

Fat trimmings, raw meat, eggs, fish – There is a risk vomiting, diarrhea, salmonella or E. coli associated with these foods for some animals, especially when given improperly.

Grapes and raisins – While cats are not likely to eat these, they can cause kidney damage and it’s best to keep these out of reach.

Marijuana and edibles containing cannabis-infused butter or oil – Marijuana, if ingested, can adversely affect your cat’s nervous system and heart rate. Products made with concentrated THC (the psychoactive component in cannabis), such as cannabis butter, are often even more dangerous.

Milk and other dairy products – Cats can become lactose intolerant and ingesting dairy products can cause vomiting and diarrhea for affected felines.

Onions, garlic and chives – All members of the onion family can cause problems if eaten in large quantities, as these contain disulfides and sulfoxides (thiosulphate), both of which can cause anemia and damage red blood cells. Even meat products containing onion powder (such as some baby foods) are dangerous for cats.

Tobacco – Nicotine can damage your pet’s digestive and nervous systems, increase their heart rate, make them pass out, and ultimately result in death.

Tuna – When made into cat food, tuna is fine for cats. But too much canned tuna (prepared for humans) can cause health problems for your cat.

Yeast (on its own or in dough) – Yeast rises, whether in your cat’s stomach or not. While a little can cause gas and discomfort, too much of it could rupture your feline’s stomach and intestines.


Gail and Richard pick up, sort and deliver cans and bottles for recycling.  If you want to donate please drop off your refundable at the shelter or call Gail and Richard at 250-489-2540 and they will pick up from your home or place of business.

If you are looking for the purrrfect kitty, Ariel is your girl. Ariel is a medium hair tabby who wants her attention. She is super friendly and loves to be snuggled and pet. She is so sweet and she is looking for you to come in and take her home.
Calvin is an amazing boy looking to make his new family very happy. He loves treats and will show his happiness by loud purrs and cuddles. He would fit in well with any family.
Elkford is a handsome older cat! Unfortunately he was brought into us because his owner had passed away. Elkford is very shy here at the shelter, and takes a while to get use to new people. If you are patient and willing he will warm up to you and you will have a new best friend. He is good with other cats and would be fine in a home with a quite dog. Elkford would do best in an adult only home as he has not been around many children in his lifetime.
Moyie is a handsome boy who will bring you so much joy! He is looking for his forever human who will give him the love he deserves. In return he will give you the companionship that you have been looking for. He is very happy and loves to purr and rub up against you. Come and visit Moyie today!
Mouse is a gorgeous girl! This sweet little tabby cat has a very loving personality and can’t wait to find her family. She gets along with other cats and dogs. It won’t take her long to make herself at home with you!
Fiorentino came in as a stray and no one claimed this poor boy. He needs to find his forever home as the shelter life is a litter hard on this boy. He doesn’t particularly like other cats so he would do best in a home without other pets.


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