Christmas is a joyous occasion full of laughter, food, and gifts for you and your frisky feline. However, if you don’t take some safety precautions you could wind up in the emergency veterinary clinic with your cat. Many of the food and decorations that make the holiday so much fun for us can actually be harmful to our pet. For your sake here are 5 tips on keeping your kitty safe this Christmas.
Keep The People Food For The People
- Rich, fatty foods, like gravy or grease, can cause problems such as an upset stomach.
- Alcohol can cause serious intoxication in pets, and many pets are attracted to the sweet taste of drinks, especially eggnog. Be sure to clean up and rinse all glasses after Christmas parties.
- Chocolate, coffee, and tea all contain components called methylxanthines that are dangerous to animals. Chocolate is especially a problem because pets love its flavor. Unsweetened baking chocolate and dark chocolate are the worst culprits, but all chocolate, fudge and other candy should be placed out of your pet’s reach.
Keep Holiday Plants Away
We all like making our homes more festive for the holidays. We enjoy the green foliage and colorful flowers of plants. Unfortunately, many of the plants we have in our homes during the holidays can be poisonous to pets. Never let your cat chew or eat any of these holiday plants:
• Holly • Mistletoe • Poinsettias • Hibiscus
Please place these plants well out of your pet’s reach, or use imitation holiday plants.
Careful With Gifts!
Edible items should never be left under the tree, as the smell can be very tempting and your cat could try to tear into the package. Make sure to remove ribbons or ties before you present gifts to your pet. If played with and swallowed, yarn, ribbon, or string on gifts can cause intestinal obstruction, requiring surgery.
Batteries for toys or other gifts can be toxic and cause intestinal obstruction. Keep in a safe place until they are ready to be inserted in the gift.
Secure The Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree is one of the most enticing places for a cat during the holiday. If you are lucky, your cat may just want to lie on the tree skirt underneath the tree and look at all the lights. If you are unlucky, you may find your cat mimicking your tree topper! To ensure that your tree stays in place in the event that you kitty decides to climb, place your Christmas tree in a stable stand, and attach it securely to a window or wall. And make sure your cat is always supervised when in a room with a tree.
Tinsel’s shininess is attractive. When eaten, it can cause blockages, which often require surgery to remove. This year, think about leaving it off the tree all together.
Chewing on electrical cords can cause problems ranging from burned mouths, to electrical shock to death by electrocution. Unplug decorative lights when you’re not there.
Place ornaments that are shiny, or could be swallowed or broken, high up on your tree. Larger, less intriguing ornaments can go near the bottom.
Give Your Kitty a Pet Safe Present!
When choosing a holiday gift for your special friend, be sure it’s safe – no small pieces that could come off and be swallowed. Choose healthy holiday treats for your pet and give them in moderation.
The holidays are a time of great fun and excitement for everyone. With a little planning and by following these precautions, it can be a safe and fun time for your cat as well.