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    How to keep your cat safe during Christmas?

    Articlegeneral cat adviceFriday 28 October 2011

    During Christmas period, people often forget that there are many hazards to your cat related to this time. Amongst all the hustle and bustle of buying gifts, preparing food and parties and decorating the house, it is easy to forget about the felines and other pets. Unfortunately because of all the new and different things around at this time of year like holly and shiny tinsel, there also lurks cat Christmas dangers, which if we are not careful could turn our season to be happy into a nightmare. Read the article below to learn how to keep your cat safe during Christmas.

    Cats are inquisitive little creatures and also prone to getting over excited when people are rushing around and there are new things to play with just lying around. Shiny, sparkly things and crinkly paper are two items that are plentiful at Christmas and are particularly the things that cats just love. These items might be harmful to your cat if they are left unsupervised. So when you are decorating your home this Christmas, make sure that they will be safe. Artificial snow spray is the stuff used to spray on windows and trees to make it look lovely and wintery. Remember that it is toxic to cats. Make sure it is used sparingly and not too accessible for possible cat licking.

    Tinsel and other decorations can be chewed and if swallowed can cause blockages inside the cat. Avoid placing this appealing shiny tinsel in places that your cat will be able to easily reach. That goes for other chewable decorations as well. The best option is to not leave the cat alone with such temptations. I heard once that a cat pulled a glass ballball off of the tree and broke it, unfortunately it then managed to cut its paws on the broken glass, ouch. Chocolate is important to make sure that visitors to the house know not to give your cat any normal chocolate when they visit. It is very tempting to think that you are giving the cat a treat but normal chocolate contains methylxanthines and theobromides, which are poisonous to cats and dogs. In some cases it can even kill. Plants are another cat Christmas danger is from the lovely seasonal plants we like to bring into our homes at this time of year. Once again plants such as Mistletoe, Holly and Poinsettias are poisonous when eaten. Place them up high and out of reach of twitching noses. If you have a cat that generally likes to nibble the indoor plants, it is strongly recommended that you refrain from bringing these plants in to the home at all. Learn more about what christmas plants are toxic to cats here.

    Bear in mind that cats can often feel left out or overwhelmed at Christmas if there are lots of strange new people walking around the house, especially during parties. Make sure you dedicade enough time for your feline those days!   

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    Text source: our-happy-cat; image source: fotopedia

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