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Of Cats, Coffins, and Anxiety Attacks

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I love my new job. I love that I can finally practice as an NP. I love the people I work with. I love what I'm doing. Everyone should be this lucky.

So, why the title? Well, for those of you who have not read the thread about my hobby of tarot reading, I am building myself a coffin for Halloween. Last night, I was putting the first coat of black paint on it, and the dog and cat were assisting. The dog was content to lay under the sawhorses and chew on his tennis ball. Kitty, on the other hand, took a more paws-on approach and sat in the paint, which promptly got all over her feet and tail.

About that time, the neighbor's puppy came over to visit. My dog proceeds to chase the puppy, the puppy proceeds to chase Kitty, and Kitty heads for higher ground, which happened to be my hubby's white truck. Did I mention that Kitty had just meandered through black paint? I have to say, though, the pawprints really added a certain flair to the paint job. Priase God for water-based paint.

By the time i got the truck mopped up, Kitty was on my car, licking herself clean. This prompted a panicked phone call to my father, who said she would be fine. I trust Daddy, but I was not convinced. This cat is like my child. Which is why I have come here. I Googled all night, and no one knows....will water-based paint hurt a cat? She seemed frisky enough this morning, but I have a feeling I'm in for a lot of this, since she's right there laminated to my ankle when I paint. I tried locking her in the house, and she climbed the walls. Literally.

Fuzzy, ohmeowzer, ANYONE, give me some nursey first aid for cats, if you know of any. Anyones cats or kids ever get into anything like this? What happened? Are they OK? Just looking for a friendly face slap and a "Calm DOWN!" :yeah: It's either that or the Ativan-on-a-rope for Mama. I've about had it. This could only happen at my house. I should write a book.

Thanks.

(BTW, the "no medical advice" doesn't count for cats, does it?)

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From the ASPCA web site....

http://cats.about.com/od/emergenciesfirstaid/a/aspcapoison_2.htm

Home Improvement Products- In 2004, approximately 1,800 cases involving paint, solvents, expanding glues and other physical hazards were managed. While the majority of water-based paints are low in toxic potential, stomach upset is still possible, and artist's paints can contain heavy metals that could be poisonous if consumed in a large quantity. Solvents can be very irritating to the gastrointestinal tract, eyes and skin, and could also produce central nervous system depression if ingested, or pneumonia if inhaled. "Prevention is really key to avoiding problems from accidental exposures," says Dr. Hansen. "Pet owners should keep pets out of areas where home improvement projects are occurring, and of course label directions should always be followed when using any product."

As always you could call your vet.

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check the can thoroughly -does it say non toxic? Granted, those are usually indicators for humans, not cats, but it will give you an idea.

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maybe a kat scan would be in order!

:grn:

I agree with the advice to check with a vet. One of our cats once walked through oil paint (OIL PAINT!) and got it all over the wall. My son was able to clean it off of her before she could try to lick it off. Cats are now kept away from art supplies in our house.

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Yes, it is a toe-pincher, black, lined with purple satin.

Thanks for the advice, all!

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Have to take Kitty to the vet for shots tonight, so we will double check then, but he thinks she will be OK, or I'd have noticed that she was "off" by now.

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It sounds like your cat will be O.K. As far as the glued to the ankle bit, maybe you can lock kitty in a carrier and put her close to you. The cat can still be around you, and hopefully out of trouble.

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Tried that, too. You ever see the movie "Mouse Hunt"? The scene where they bring Catzilla home in that crate? You know, where his legs shoot out the 4 corners of the crate? That was what it was like. That carrier hopped and bounced and rattled all over that shop, and the sounds coming from it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

Good thought, though. I may try putting her in the boat with some treats and paint fast. Then I can bring her in the house with me.

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Moved to AN Central General Off-Topic Discussions, as non-nursing related.

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Tried that, too. You ever see the movie "Mouse Hunt"? The scene where they bring Catzilla home in that crate? You know, where his legs shoot out the 4 corners of the crate? That was what it was like. That carrier hopped and bounced and rattled all over that shop, and the sounds coming from it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

Good thought, though. I may try putting her in the boat with some treats and paint fast. Then I can bring her in the house with me.

I saw the movie, too. Will the kitty let anyone else cuddle her? If so, maybe that person can hold her while you paint.

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