Including your cat in the holiday festivities? Let her join in, but keep her safe from these holiday dangers…
Holiday food: Your kitty wouldn’t mind a little table scrap or two, but holiday food is too fatty and spicy and may affect her diet. Skip the turkey and give her a cat treat instead.
Christmas tree: Unless you’re new to cat parenting, you know how tempting a decorated tree is to your kitty. From hanging tinsel and blinking lights to ball-like globes—they will all seem pounce-worthy to her. Keep the tree as secure as you can, with items out of reach and beware of harmful preservatives in the tree water. Also, avoid keeping gifts with ribbons under the tree. They can be harmful if ingested by your kitty.
Poinsettias and holiday plants: Holiday plants add festive décor, but they can also be toxic or upset her stomach. Keep mistletoe, holly and other holiday plants at a safe distance or better yet, use artificial varieties.
Holiday gifts and decorations: Although pretty, ribbon, garland and tinsel should be avoided as decorations on gifts or at home. They’re too tempting to cats and can cause intestinal blockages.
Holiday candles: Don’t underestimate the dangers of lit menorahs and holiday candles near your kitty. Fires are caused every year by pets knocking over lit candles.
Holiday stress: New visitors and noisy holiday celebrations can stress your cat. Give her a quiet room or area where she can retreat, get food or water and stay away from the activity.