Beware of Holiday Hazards with Kitty

This time of year is full of festive occasions and fun with family and friends.  Make sure that your cat is safe and cozy and free from harm.

There are several precautions you can take for all to have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.

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  •  With people coming and going, make sure your cat is kept away from doors to the outside.  Consider micro-chipping your cat if you have not done so.
  • Poinsettias are not lethal and may cause some stomach upset, but lilies are deadly.  Do not keep any lilies in the house at all.
  • Stick to cat food.  Cats can be curious and beg for tempting goodies.  A piece or two of turkey is fine, but be sure not to over-feed your cat on people food.  Stick to your cat’s regular diet with a few extra cat treats thrown in.

 

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  • The tree.  What fun and a great temptation for your cat. If you have a real tree, let it sit in your house without decorations, for a few days. Stay away from putting ornaments on the bottom branches.  I learned that the hard way as one of my cats broke my grandmother’s 75 year old ornament. Be sure not to add any tinsel. Choose decorations that are cat-friendly, such as cat toys on the bottom branches, your kitty will have her own toys to play with.  If you have climbers, you may want to anchor the tree to the ceiling.  If you have water for the tree, get a cover so your cat will not get sick.
  • If you have to have ribbons and decorations on Christmas packages, keep them in a safe place until you are ready to open presents.  Once the presents are open, put away the ribbons.  Keep the box for your cat to play in.

These tips will only take a few minutes and can ensure that you and your cat will have a holiday season to enjoy and remember for years to come.

Beware of Holiday Plants with Kitty

It’s that time of year when we like to bring holiday foliage into the house.  Cat owners need to be aware of which plants can cause harm to their cats.

Poinsettia leaves contain a sap that will irritate.  Most animals stop long before they begin vomiting.

Mistletoe is very dangerous, more than the Holly Berry plant which can cause intestinal upset.  When ingested, Mistletoe can cause seizures and even death.

The oils produced by fir trees can be irritating to your  cat’s mouth and stomach, causing excessive vomiting or drooling. Beware of the pine needles which can also cause gastrointestinal irritation or worse can obstruct digestion or even puncture an organ.

Also, you will want to watch electric cords and lights and make sure your kitty is supervised.

Keep your kitty safe from harm this holiday season and beware of harmful plants and situations and have a Meow-y Christmas and Happy Mew Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding the Perfect Christmas Toy for Your Cat

Play is essential to your cat’s health and well-being and a perfect opportunity for you to interact with your cat.

There are many options: Shiny teaser toys, mice filled with catnip, bizzy balls, lasers and more! When looking for the best toy for your cat, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind.

  1. Choose toys for your cat as you would choose a toy for your child.  Make sure your chosen toy has nothing that can stick him or that he can accidentally swallow. So be mindful of sharp edges, pins, string and objects that can be potentially harmful.
  2. Find toys where you and your cat can play and where she can get exercise and have a good time!  I love any kind of teaser toy, I just make sure that when I am not playing with my cat that the teaser toy is put away, just in case.

When all else fails, you can always wrap up and use a paper bag, paper box or crumpled piece of paper it works just as well!

 

Beware of Holiday Hazards that Could Harm Kitty

It’s that time of year again when the Christmas decorations are up and can attract kitty’s attention.  It is better to be safe than sorry when decorating for the holidays. Decorations, tinsel, plants and ornaments can potentially harm your cat. The shiny decorations are so appealing to cats.

Below, are a few of the common hazards that could potentially harm your cat.

Plants

There is some debate as to what part of the plant is poisonous. The sap that comes out of the plant can be the most harmful. As an alternative, consider using some silk plants instead?

Holly, Mistletoe, Bittersweet and Jerusalem Cherry, on the other hand, are very toxic which will make your cat vomit, have diarrhea, and increase its heart rate.

In addition, some cats are allergic to pine trees and can be harmed if the pine needles are ingested.

 

Tinsel

Tinsel can be very harmful to your cat as well.  The long strands of tinsel can cause your cat to choke or worse, get caught in the intestinal tract and need to be surgically removed by your vet.

Watch ornaments and hooks as well. Candles can be quite festive, but such a danger. Personally, I don’t ever allow candles in my home. It is just better not to even have them around.

Be sure to take these simple precautions so that you and your cat can have a wonderful holiday season together.