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Posted on 12-19-2015

The holidays come with potential risks and dangers for our feline friends. Check out this list to help keep your cat protected.

Guests:

·     Make sure they know you’ve got a cat (so they close doors and gates).

·     Create a ‘safe’ room for your cat, to allow them to hide.

·     Make sure they don’t feed your cats.

·     Don’t allow children to chase your cat or hold it against its will (this can increase the stress your cat is under and may cause a negative reaction such as a growl, scratch or bite).

Christmas Trees:

·     Don’t use preservatives in the water if your cat can reach this (recommend Sprite or 7up*). *unless you have a diabetic cat

·     Pine needles cannot be digested and can hurt your cat if swallowed.

·     Use a stand with a tree skirt.

Decorations:

·     Tinsel, ribbon, ornaments, strings, wires, cords, dreidels, easily breakable decorations, and edible decorations (such as popcorn strings) if swallowed, can cause an obstruction or other serious problems.

·     Candles and liquid potpourri are toxic and are dangerous if spilled or knocked over!

·     Imported snow globes contain antifreeze (ethylene alcohol). As little as 1 tablespoon ingested by cats can be fatal.

Plants:

·     The following plants are toxic to kitties:

o     Mistletoe, Holly Berries, Poinsettias, Christmas Cactus, Christmas Rose, Evergreen, Rhubarb, Philodendron, Rosary Pea, Jerusalem Cherry, Chrysanthemum, and more.

Foods:

·     Alcohol

·     Chocolate (dark and unsweetened most dangerous)

·     ALL BONES (turkey, ham, chicken, pork, etc.)

·     Skins (turkey, chicken, etc.) and gravies

·     Onions, garlic, and salt

·     Apples, cherries, peaches, raisins, grapes, plums, and macadamia nuts

·     Milk, raw fish, and raw eggs

·     Xylitol (sweetener found in gum and most sugar-free desserts)

Although our cats are like family, feeding them human food is dangerous. Consider the following: 1 oz of cheese for a cat is equal to 4 chocolate bars for a human.  1 potato chip for a cat is equal to ½ of a hamburger for a human.

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