Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Christmas Safety Tips For Cats

christmas and cats

As you can see, we are finally getting into the festive mood. However, as Mum always has the tendency to get overwhelmed by many things, Christmas being one, I have to tell you that the pic above is not our Christmas card. She is still working on it. All will be revealed on Caturday Art Day.

But we can see that most of you have already created such lovely Christmas and Holiday cards and we are enjoying viewing them all. It's obvious a lot of humans love the holiday season, but it's very important to remember that this time of year can actually be quite a hazardous time for cats (and all pets). 


Dangers to cats are:


Food


  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Turkey bones
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Alcohol


Plants


  • Poinsettia
  • Holly
  • Ivy
  • Mistletoe
  • Yew


Presents and wrappings


Becareful when using the following to wrap your presents


  • Glitter
  • Ties  and ribbons
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors


Christmas Tree and Decorations


Christmas trees can be mildly toxic to cats. Pine needles can cause vomiting or intestinal obstruction and punctures, and lights, baubles and other decorations can be harmful. Avoid decorations made of glass and other breakable or sharp materials. Christmas tree lights can give your cat an electric shock or burns. Tinsel is best avoided too.



Further Reading

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets
http://www.cats.org.uk/bedford/feature-pages/plants-poisonous-to-cats
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2131&aid=931


6 comments:

  1. Those are some great reminders, Athena and Mum. Humans have to be really careful to keep us safe, especially during the holidays.

    Thank you again for your wonderful post about Moosey’s passing. He was a very special boy, and we love and miss him so much. The outpouring of love and support by our friends has been such an encouragement during this difficult time.

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    1. You are so welcome. Moosey will always be with you xx

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  2. My human always makes sure our house is safe for us kitties!

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  3. Thank you for the great reminders! It is so easy to forget how our holiday celebrations affect our cats. Nobody wants a sick kitty at Christmas.

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  4. Excellent reminders- so important this time of year.

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  5. Great safety reminders and I hope you don't let your mom get too stressed over the holidays. The most important part is to just enjoy!

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Thank you for commenting!

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie