As Christmas fast approaches and we are surrounded by loved ones and good times it is important to be mindful of our pets. Cats seem to love the Christmas season as it brings opportunity for fun and lots of mischief! Too many kitty shenanigans can lead to some pretty serious conditions for our feline friends and some pretty hefty vet bills. Keeping a mindful eye on our four legged companions will ensure a happy, healthy, holiday season for all!
On the 1st day of Christmas my kitty gave to me… Many chewed up branches on the Christmas tree! This beautiful tradition can make your cats’ Christmas not so merry whether your tree is live or fake! If a cat jumps up into a Christmas tree or it just topples over it can fall on them and crush them. Chewed branches and pine needles can be toxic or puncture the stomach if ingested. The best way to have a tree is to have a fake tree in a room that your cat doesn’t use.
On the 2nd day of Christmas my kitty gave to me… Two broken Christmas ornaments! If you have ever stepped on a broken bulb or ornament you know the pain it can inflict on ones foot! Your best bet is to go with plastic, non breakable ornaments as your cat may mistake them for new cat toys!
On the 3rd day of Christmas my kitty gave to me… Three broken snowglobes! This decorative wonder is beautiful and fun to watch but can be poisonous to cats if broken or leaking. Snowglobes contain ethylene glycol and should be kept away from curious cats!
On the 4th day of Christmas my kitty gave to me… Four nibbled birds! Turkey may be the main dish for your Christmas celebration but can cause some gastro intestinal stress. Too much turkey can cause diarrhea and if bones are swallowed they can puncture the GI tract. A nibble here and there is fine but don’t leave that prized bird unattended with your furry friends around.
On the 5th day of Christmas my kitty gave to me… Five tinsel strings! Tinsel is a dangerous decoration for our cats, this pretty, shiny string can entice cats to play or eat it. If you see some tinsel hanging from your cats rear DO NOT pull on it, call your veterinarian as it can be cause some serious internal damage.
On the 6th day of Christmas my kitty gave to me…Six guests with scratches! If you’ve got a fearful feline you may want to keep them off the guest list this year and either board them or keep them in a safe quiet place in your home where they will not feel threatened by the noise and company over for the holidays. Red looks good on Christmas clothes and decorations and not on your guests’ skin.
On the 7th day of Christmas my kitty gave to me… Seven lights a twinkling! Those beautiful shinning lights make for an illuminating game of Russian roulette for cats that love to chew!! If your lights start blinking when they aren’t supposed to check your lights for chew marks. Hide the cords well and look for lights with lower voltages to ensure your cat doesn’t get zapped!
On the 8th day of Christmas my kitty gave to me… Eight empty glasses and nibbled cookies! Cookies and milk left out for Santa may cause your cat to develop some gas as cats do not process dairy and sugar as well as we do. Maybe leaving out some water for Santa instead of milk can spare your feline friend some gastrointestinal distress.
On the 9th day of Christmas my kitty gave to me… Nine lives to worry! Christmas with a cat can be stressful!! But we’ve got tips to get you through the holidays with no worries!
On the 10th day of Christmas my kitty gave to me… Ten unwrapped gifts! Have you ever wrapped presents with your cat near by?? The paper is totally irresistible to cats they love to sit on it, scratch it, and dive under it making wrapping a night mare. Even worse are the ribbons and bows cats tend to want to eat these pretty embellishments but it can tie their insides up in knots! Keep wrapping materials away from kitty and presents wrapped until the big day to minimize the opportunities to get into the wrappings.
On the 11th day of Christmas my kitty gave to me… Eleven Fake Flowers! Christmas plants can be deadly to cats! Lilies, holly, and mistletoe are of the most deadly for cats. Poinsettias are less dangerous but still can ruin the fun holiday for your feline friend. Fake flowers and plants are a better choice if your cat likes to chew on some greenery.
On the 12th day of Christmas my kitty gave to me… 12 Unplanned kittens! That’s what an intact cat’s gonna give you! Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a certificate for a spay or neuter! (Catster Magazine)
Time to get into the Holiday Spirit everyone!