How many people have heard that cloves can be used as a natural pest repellant? I personally have never tried it but a lot of people I know swear by it. Or are you decorating with cloves this holiday season?
Here’s a little known fact about cloves: they are harmful to cats! I found out from first-hand experience…
One day, when I was still living with my family, I noticed my cat, Sloan, acting really weird… she couldn’t stand up straight, she couldn’t jump onto the couch and she was generally acting like a drunk person.
My mom and I immediately took Sloan to the vet.
They were pretty much useless because they couldn’t find anything wrong with her. They asked if she got into anything like cleaners or windshield washer fluid. We said no, so they were stumped. We ended up going home with some special cat food to try to feed her. Sloan wasn’t able to eat, drink or use the litter box. She just laid there, scaring the crap out of me.
My dad was walking around the house looking for anything that Sloan might have eaten and he spotted powdered cloves sprinkled by the back door. We did some research and found that cloves have a numbing effect on pets when consumed. It’s like a drug to them, and Sloan was high. Sloan’s vision was impaired (she couldn’t walk straight), she had no balance (she couldn’t jump or climb) and she was numb (she couldn’t tell that she was hungry, thirsty or had to use the litter box).
The good news is that she got better very soon. She spent a lot of time laying down, but awake. So I’d mush up the wet food from the vet with some water and feed it to her on a plastic spoon. She loved the wet stuff and ate a lot of it. I also tried to make her drink a lot of water by putting it on a spoon and holding it right under her mouth.
I’m not sure how much of the powdered cloves she ate, or what would have happened if she was home alone… thankfully, she is fine and is still healthy and happy.
I fully support natural cleaning products and stuff, but now I make sure whatever I use is safe for pets.