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Holiday Safety for Cats

December 15, 2020

The holidays are here, and 2020 is finally winding down. Although some seasonal events and activities will be curtailed or scaled back due to the pandemic, there will still be many smaller, more intimate gatherings happening. This can be a dangerous time of year for kitties! A Glen Ellyn, IL vet offers a few hazards for people owned by cats to be aware of.


Tree

We know, it’s cute seeing cats bat at ornaments. However, this kitty tradition can actually be quite dangerous to Fluffy. Super frisky felines run the risk of knocking the tree over—possibly with themselves in it. The water is also unsafe, as it could contain traces of things like pesticides and fertilizer. Your furball could also choke on or get entangled by pine needles or tinsel strands. 


Plants

Many holiday favorites, such as holly, ivy, and poinsettia, are toxic to kitties. If you get real plants, make sure that Fluffy can’t reach them.


Food

Your feline buddy may be finicky, but that doesn’t mean she won’t sample anything within paws’ reach. Cats also will eat things when coaxed to. This can be an issue with young children, as they may innocently try to share their meals with Fluffy, without knowing what is and isn’t safe for her. The most dangerous foods include garlic, onion, scallions, and chives; chocolate; grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; avocado; alcohol; and caffeine. Ask your vet for more information.


Stress

Cats are both very emotional and very much creatures of habit. Fluffy can get quite upset by changes in her routine or environment. Decorations, loud noises, commotion, guests, and even being left alone more than usual can all distress your cute pet. Pay lots of attention to your furry friend! 


Decorations

Anything small or sharp is dangerous to kitties. This includes things like ornament hooks, small figurines, ornaments, and pine needles. Items with wires or cords, such as  lights, tinsel, garlands, and popcorn strings, is also unsafe.


Heating Elements

Candles give your home that special holiday glow, but they can be a fire hazard, especially with pets around. Keep candles, incense, and potpourri burners in high spots, well out of paws’ reach. If you have a fireplace, put a thick grate in front of it.


Season’s Greetings from everyone here at Knoll Animal Hospital, your local Glen Ellyn, IL veterinary clinic. Please contact us anytime!

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