Pet Danger – Shiny Objects aren’t just interesting to humans

Small Batteries
Cats are notorious for chasing shiny items that catch their eye, we are now past the stage of tinsel on the Christmas tree but we are most certainly at a time when batteries are often lying around, especially the very small ones. Irrespective of whether they are Lithium or Alkaline they can cause serious damage to a cat when swallowed. If they are punctured the Alkaline batteries contain a corrosive chemical which can cause serious burns. Even if a battery is not punctured it can be lodged in the throat which is a recipe for pain and suffering.
We have been told by our vet that this time of year sees a spike in visits from cat owners who often appear with an unhappy cat, a chewed battery, a chewed up battery powered toy or a combination of the three.
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