We want you and your cat(s) to enjoy all the wonders of this magical season safely! As you decorate for the holidays and prepare festive feasts, keep these potential hazards in mind so you can avoid an emergency.
- Lilies are deadly for cats. Leave these out of your bouquets as any part of the plant can be harmful to a cat. Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly are also toxic and should be kept well out of reach. Opt for a pet safe bouquet!
2. Chocolate is a favourite Christmas treat to give and to get, but.. don’t share with your pet! Chocolate poisoning occurs within hours of ingestion causing vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and even death. Theobromine is the toxic compound. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is.
- Tinsel, Ribbons and things that sparkle may intrigue your curious feline to bite, chew and bat them around. While this can be entertaining to watch, ingestion of these foreign bodies can cause severe damage to intestines and in some instances if the object gets stuck, surgical removal may be required. These pets are usually dull and depressed with vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort.
- Secure the tree ! This one is self explanatory ! Use baby gates to block access to the tree when no one is home to avoid a cat-astrophe!
- Avoid table scraps. Although it is tempting to treat our kitty friends, it is best to stick with pet safe treats to prevent an upset stomach.
- Holiday lights can be an inviting chew toy for cats and kittens. Make sure your cords are not frayed, inspect for defects and short circuits, and store them away from the tree’s water and off the ground. Unplug when there is no one around. If you have caught your cat chewing, there are plastic covers commercially available.
In case of electrical shock, contact your veterinarian or emergency department immediately.
- Maintain routine. Cats are creatures of habit and the hustle and bustle of the holidays can be very stressful! Make sure your cat has a safe place they can retreat to when there are visitors. Always ensure there is fresh water and avoid making changes to their feeding schedule or their diet this time of year. Consider the Feliway happy cat diffuser or spray to help calm and re-assure kitty!