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We've been in the holiday season for a few weeks now, and different cats
cope with it differently...just take a gander at the faces on my two
when they were dressed up for this Christmas photo several years ago!
There are many dangers for cats to be found in holiday decorations and goodies, as well. Here are a few to keep in mind:
can present an irresistible temptation to climb. After hearing many
horror stories of cats pulling over trees and breaking treasured,
irreplaceable ornaments, I was leery the first time I put up a tree
after adopting my first cat. Watching him closely, I introduced him to
the new flora in our home decor. He walked up to it and sat down in
front of the tree, looking up at all the sparkly lights as though it was
the prettiest thing he'd ever seen. Then he leaned forward and gently
sniffed the tips of the branches. I was enchanted! He never did take
to climbing my tree, nor did my little Vixen when I took her in. I've
been lucky that way, but if you're not sure of your cats on your first
Christmas together, keep an eye on them for a while before placing those
more fragile ornaments.
looks for all the world like a big, sparkling play toy, to a cat. If
your cat likes to play with strings, this could be a danger. Be careful
of where you use garland, whether on the tree, mantel, or a stair
railing. Any of them could prove too tempting for your cat to ignore.
or icicles, can also be tempting to cats. And because it's in smaller
pieces than the garland, it runs a higher risk of being ingested. If
you're finding sparkly metal pieces in the litter box, chances are your
kitty's been munching on some tinsel. You may want to forgo that aspect
may have easily broken-off parts that could present a choking hazard to
kitty. Others, especially the older ones, may contain lead paint or
glass shards that could do serious damage to a cat's digestive system.
Be careful which ones you use if your cats have a tendency to bat them
Christmas lights are also a danger, especially for cats who like to chew. Who can forget that scene in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation when Aunt Edna's cat chewed through the light string and "lit up" the carpet underneath the living room chair!
looks pretty wrapped around a package, but this is another item that
just looks like too much fun to kitty. If your cat shreds the ribbon
and eats some of it, there could be choking, digestive upsets or
blockages. Dyes used in the ribbon could have toxic effects. Although
your cat may look cute playing with ribbon, it's really not a good idea
to let her get into that habit; after all, do you want to come home from
a great party to find all your beautifully wrapped presents destroyed?
can make a lovely holiday table, but they can also be easily knocked
over by playing cats to become a fire hazard, or even set kitty's tail
on fire if nobody's watching! There was a video circulating in e-mails
several years ago of a family blissfully watching TV as their cat walked
on the countertop behind them, its tail catching fire and burning for
the better part of a minute before he swished it into the fish bowl and
put out the fire. If you'll be lighting candles this holiday season,
don't leave them unattended...better yet, just leave them unlit!
is a part of many tasty treats during the Yuletide season, but it's not
good for cats. The theobromine in chocolate can throw a kitty's
kidneys, nervous, cardiac, and digestive systems into a tizzy. Symptoms
of chocolate poisoning include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, nervousness
or trembling, muscle spasms, irregular heartbeat, and excessive thirst
or urination. I know, these symptoms occur with other things, too, but
if you suspect kitty's gotten into your chocolate stash and chowed down,
get thee to the vet! Chocolate toxicity can be treated, and may not
cause permanent damage if caught soon enough.
Other ingredients in holiday foods
that can be toxic to cats include onions, garlic, grapes, raisins,
tomatoes, raw potatoes, chicken & turkey bones, and dairy products.
Cats who beg for milk but get diarrhea from it may benefit from a
product called CatSip, which is a skim-milk product with added digestive
enzymes to help the cat process lactose in the milk. If you suspect
that your cat has eaten any of these potentially toxic foods, and your
veterinarian is not available on Christmas Day (because when else do
emergencies happen?), you can call the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control
Center at 1-888-426-4435. Be aware that they will charge your credit
card $60 for the assistance.
left that way when unloading packages or baggage from cars, can be a
great temptation to indoor-only cats. Curious kitty may see a bird or
squirrel in the yard and take off after it. You'll be distracted with
what you're doing and may not notice until much later. If you know
you're going to be in and out a lot, it's best to confine your cats to
another room of the house where they won't be tempted.
Many cats get nervous when the house is filled with holiday guests.
And then there's the added danger of well-meaning party guests feeding
kitty toxic foods from their plates. My cat tends to hide in the
closet when we have company, but if your guests are staying for several
days, hiding for that long could cause a urinary tract infection,
especially in older cats. A weeklong hospital stay costing hundreds of
dollars is not the kind of expense you want to incur at this time of year! There are several feline calmative products available on OldMaidCatLady.com, from companies like Feliway, Native Remedies, and Natural Pet. All contain natural pheromones or homeopathic ingredients to relax the frayed nerves of cats. You may also want to play soothing music for your kitties;
OldMaidCatLady.com has several options for this, many with the
reassuring sound of purring added to calm kitty. There's even a speaker
that filters out frequencies upsetting to animals, so all that's left
are the soothing tones. You can play any CD in your collection on it,
relaxing your cats while you're busy enjoying the season!
time can be a stressful time for everyone, but taking a little extra
care can remove the stressful prospect of your cats coming to harm.
Now, get out there and enjoy the rest of the season!
Posted by Lynn Maria Thompson on December 15, 2010 at 9:20 AM under
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