“No, Don’t Chew the Tinsel!” Keeping Your Cat Safe during Christmas
The Holidays are a time of joy, wonder, and time spent with family and friends. We can get so wrapped up (no pun intended!) in the events and parties that we may forget to be on the lookout for things that can harm our pets. Here are a few practical ways to make sure your feline friend is safe during the Holidays!
Strung up with lights and ornaments, your Christmas tree may look harmless enough. But did you know that real Christmas trees actually have oils that can cause irritation in the skin, stomach, and mouth if chewed on? Additionally, Christmas lights can be a danger if cats begin to chew on them (hello, electrical wires). Using battery operated lights is a great idea when it comes to which kind to use for your tree. And make sure to turn them off when you’re not around!
Give them a shake or a swirl, and watch the snow in a globe spin all around the glass. Magical! But what may not be as magical is when they break. Did you know that snow globes are filled with ethylene glycol? You may know it better as anti-freeze which animals are often attracted to due to its sweet smell and taste. Avoid accidents with snow globes can keeping them in places your cat can’t get to, and if one breaks clean it up thoroughly.
Plants such as poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe can be beautiful but also dangerous. If ingested, symptoms include vomiting, irritation in the mouth, and abdominal pain. It’s best to avoid these kind of plants in your home if you own a cat, or make sure they’re in a separate room that kitty can’t get into.
And lastly, the holidays can be very stressful for cats who aren’t used to so many people coming in and out of the home. If you find your cat acting a little antsier, skittish, annoyed, or stressed, consider having a room just for your feline friend to have as their own. This way, they can easily escape and get some much needed rest.
No matter how you choose to spend this time of year, be mindful of the pets who depend on us to keep them safe. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Upstate Meow!