The festive season is such an exciting time for pets and pet parents. So this year we’ve prepared a handy list of a couple of dangers for your cat that might be lurking around the corner - or even up the chimney!
1. Beware of plants like Poinsettias
You’ve probably seen your kitten nibble on plants, but beware, some plants might be a little more dangerous than you’d expect. Some plants are very poisonous for your animals, so make certain that they’re far out of reach.
For instance, poinsettias can give your cat severe belly cramps and cause them to vomit. Keep plastic plants far out of reach. If you can’t do this, try to use a repellant like lemon juice or a citrus peel squeezed over it to make certain your kitty is safe.
If your cat does ingest a poinsettia, please make certain that your cat gets to the vet as soon as possible.
2. Christmas Lunch
The family gathers around the table, ready to eat as much as they can and enjoy the spoils of great food and really great company, and then, a dessert that you look forward to for pretty much most of the year. Does this sound familiar?
Be careful, as just because it’s amazing for you doesn’t mean it’s very good for your cat. Chocolate is very dangerous. So let your family and friends know that you prefer your animals eating treats that you have purchased for them.
Candy are also very dangerous, as well as the wrappers they come in as the packaging can be a choking hazard and the candies are far too sweet for your kitten and can cause severe stomach ache.
Here is a small list of food to watch out for, but make sure you check everything in the house:
- Chewing gum
- Macadamia nuts
- Uncooked yeast-based dough
- Fatty foods
- Tea and coffee
3. Christmas decorations
We all LOVE Christmas decorations as they’re the telling sign that the festive season is here. Even our cats are fans! So pay close attention to these, as they pose a possible choking hazard if ingested.
Also, heavier ornaments dangling could pose a possible danger to the little guys. They’re very curious and even a slight knock could be a serious problem for them.
Burning candles must be watched at all times as cats could see these as harmless toys!
4. Bad Toys
As you know, your cat wants to play with anything and everything. Shiny objects are particularly interesting for cats.
Small toys like Lego are very dangerous for cats, as they can be ingested and pose the same choking hazards as they do for children. Try your best to keep these out of reach at all times.
Buttons and any small plastic objects should be treated with the same caution.
5. Dangerous drinks
After we finish our meal, we like to offer a warm drink to finish a wonderful Christmas lunch, we should remember that coffee is not safe for cats and tea is a definite no-no.
Alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, decreased motor coordination and can even cause depression.
We think it’s best if you keep your eyes on all of your drinks as we know too well how kittens and cats like to investigate.
Make sure you don’t let your guard this festive season - dangers for your cat lie around every corner.