A Day in the Life of Sydney the Cat
When we go out in the morning our cat always comes to the car. He winds round my legs and rubs his back on my knees.
Mum says ‘Off you go now Sydney, I don’t want to run over you.’
He walks slowly towards the back door, looking over his shoulder to see if we’re watching. I always like to see him pop back into the house through the cat flap. Then I know that the house is safe with him indoors.
Mum says ‘Good, Sydney is safe inside. Off we go.’
But I know he’s keeping the house safe. If any mice came in to steal the cheese we left out by mistake, he would catch them, I know he would. Or if a fly was playing on the window, leaving its dirty footprints everywhere, he would get it.
Mum doesn’t like it when Sydney eats flies .
‘Yuk,’ she says. ‘I wish you wouldn’t do that, Sydney. You don’t even look as if you like the taste!’
We know what Sydney does when we are away. He goes into every room and inspects it for flies, which he catches, and for bits of chocolate which he eats. We are a bit untidy sometimes, and we leave half eaten chocolates in their wrappers on my bed. Well, I do sometimes, if I don’t really like the chocolate. I leave them for someone else to finish and it’s usually Sydney. Mum says they aren’t good for his teeth, but I keep forgetting that and I don’t want to put them in the bin.
One day we were in a hurry to get away in the morning . Off we rushed and when we came back, we found the chocolate spread jar open and on the floor. There was a row of chocolate footprints on the table and on the floor in the kitchen.
‘Who didn’t put the chocolate spread away?’ said Mum.
Sydney was lying in his basket. He didn’t bother to come and say hello.
‘I don’t think he’s feeling very well,’ said Mum. ‘I think he may have got chocolate poisoning.’ I looked at Mum to see if she was joking ‘cos I never get chocolate poisoning.
‘Cats are different,’ said Mum. ‘I don’t think chocolate is good for them. I’ll phone the vet and ask.’ The vet said we had to keep an eye on Sydney and make sure we never give him chocolate again. I was very careful after that. If I ate a chocolate I didn’t like I put it down a special hole in the garden for the little creatures to eat. Mum said we have a chocolate mine in the garden now.
How old do you think the child in the story is?
What does she do with her half eaten chocolates?
Why is this a very bad idea?
What happened to Sydney while they were all out?
What did the vet say about chocolate poisoning?
Do you know that dogs get chocolate poisoning too?
This is story is to teach about a real serious problem. Please learn from it. Keep your pet safe.
What are the symptoms of chocolate poisoning in cats? reference: cat-world.com.au
Symptoms vary on the age of the cat (kittens are more susceptible than adults), and the quantity consumed. If enough is ingested, death can occur. Clinical effects can occur within four hours of ingestion, but may take as long as 72 hours. The first signs of theobromine poisoning can include:
- HyperactivityAbdominal tenderness
- Frequent urination and or urinary incontinence
These can progress to more severe symptoms including:
- Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
- Muscle tremors
- Ataxia (lack of muscular coordination)