Do you have a curious cat? Help your feline avoid holiday mischief by keeping certain dangers to a minimum. Use these tips for a cat-friendly holiday.
- Christmas trees: Beware the hazards of live Christmas trees, including toxic sap, sharp pine needles and harmful preservatives in the tree water. Also, don’t use ribbons on gifts under the tree. They can be harmful if ingested by your kitty.
- Holiday plants: You may love kissing under the mistletoe, but chewing on it can cause an upset stomach for your cat. Keep mistletoe, holly and other holiday plants at a safe distance or better yet, use artificial varieties.
- Holiday leftovers: Holiday food is too fatty and spicy for your kitty and may affect her diet. We suggest a cat treat instead.
- Holiday candles: Fires are caused every year by candles that have been knocked over by pets. Keep lit menorahs and holiday candles out of kitty’s reach.
- Garland and tinsel: Avoid using them as decorations as they can cause choking and intestinal blockage.
- Holiday stress: Don’t let your cat get stressed by the added guests and noise that are part of holiday celebrations. Give her a quiet room or area where she can retreat, get food or water and stay away from the activity.