Season’s Greetings! At this time of year, we often get lots of cards, photos, and videos of our feline friends looking adorable and/or wreaking havoc on Christmas trees. December certainly offers a lot of opportunities for kitty mischief! You’ll need to keep a close eye on your furball, and make sure she stays safe, healthy, and purring. A Pasadena, MD vet offers some tips on this below.
Fluffy will certainly enjoy something special. Just be careful what you offer her! Don’t let your kitty have garlic or onions; chocolate; alcohol; caffeine; avocado; meat on the bone; raw dough or meat; grapes and raisins; pitted fruits; or anything that contains xylitol or a lot of salt, sugar, or fat.
Keep Fluffy in mind as you decorate. Ornaments, ornament hooks, ribbons, garlands, lights, tinsel strands, and small/sharp objects are all dangerous. These can choke or entangle frisky felines, and are definitely not safe for kitties to eat.
Did you know that many popular holiday plants are toxic to cats? That list includes holly, ivy, poinsettia, mistletoe, and even pine! Keep these in spots Fluffy can’t get to.
Candles and cats are an extremely dangerous combination! Put candles and wax burners in high, secure spots, where Fluffy can’t reach them. If you light a fire in the fireplace, put a thick grate in front of it, so your feline pal can’t get too close.
While there’s no way to completely catproof your tree, you can make it less appealing to your kitty. Put most of the fragile and shiny ornaments, ribbons, tinsel, and lights on the top part of the tree. You only want a few decorations within paws’ reach. These should be things your furball can’t break or get tangled up in. It’s also a good idea to try and tire Fluffy out with fun play sessions. Keep in mind that real trees pose additional risks. Their water could contain things like pesticides and fire retardant, and their needles are both toxic and sharp. Consider going artificial.
We strongly recommend keeping cats indoors. Traffic and wild animals are hazards all year round. At this time of year, the snow and cold weather make venturing outdoors even more dangerous for Fluffy.
Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your Pasadena, MD pet clinic, anytime!