kitten with ornament

Here are some helpful tips to keep your cats healthy, happy and safe during this busy holiday season.

1.  Provide solitude.    Guests may cramp your cat’s style, so keep her favorite place free from the holiday hubbub so she can relax.

2.  Keep poisonous and dangerous plants away.  Plants like mistletoe and poinsettia are poisonous, and ingested pine needles can cause digestive tract blockage.

3.  Decorate safely.  There are a variety of decorations that can cause problems for your cat.  Ribbons and tinsel are frequently implicated in veterinary emergency room visits.  Light cords, when chewed or frayed, can cause severe burns or electrocution.  Prevent these disasters by keeping decorations out of reach.

4.  Table scraps aren’t pet snacks.  Many holiday foods are loaded with fat and sodium and can cause stomach upset.  Chicken bones can easily get stuck in the digestive tract and other foods like chocolate or onions can be poisonous.  Because chocolate can cause illness and even death in cats, it should be avoided completely.  Chocolate contains theobromine, a potent cardiovascular and central nervous system stimulant that is eliminated very slowly in cats.

In short, if you follow these tips you might just save yourself a trip to the emergency vet.