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    How to keep your cat safe during the winter holidays?

    Articlegeneral cat adviceWednesday 30 November 2011

    Christmas, New Year's Eve and other winter holidays are a joyous, exciting time for humans. While we are enjoying all the Christmas decorations, snow, food and loud celebrations, fireworks, our pets might actually not like that so much.  Gift ribbon, poinsettias, candles and tinsel are just a few holiday traditions that can harm or even kill your beloved cat. Dedicate few minutes and read the article below in order to make sure that you are going to have great Christmas this year.

    Start by wrapping all your gifts with thick ribbon, sturdily applied, and decorate your tree with garland instead of tinsel. Many cats love to eat things they find curious! Bare that mind. Tinsel or thin ribbon poses a choking hazard or can become wrapped around a cat's intestines. Make sure you store chocolate and other candies safely away from cats, and do not leave open alcoholic beverages unattended as those two are toxic to cats. If you are entertaining, remind your guests to keep an eye on their drinks. Be careful with meat plates, It's tempting to give your cats a little treat and offer them a bite of turkey, goose or ham. However, they can cause digestive upset in cats. Do not let your cats chew on the bones, since cooked bones are very brittle and can splinter easily, damaging your cat's mouth or digestive tract.

    Also keep lit candles well out of reach of your cats, and do not allow candles to burn unattended or for extended periods of time. Cats don't understand fire like we do, and may become curious about lit candles. You should be careful about bringing plants to your home... poinsettias, ivy and mistletoe are toxic to cats. Even if you think you have a safe spot to put them in, many cats find the lure of green things irresistible and go to great lengths to try to eat it.

    You should also remember that your cat might climb a Christmas tree. Ensure your tree stand is sturdy, and choose a tree with softer needles. Avoid hanging fragile ornaments on the tree, in case your cat tips it over; at the very least, place breakable ornaments near the top of the tree, so that your cat cannot as easily bat them off. Avoid hanging ornaments with metal hooks, since they can be a danger to your cat if swallowed. Another alternative is to forgo the indoor Christmas tree altogether, and instead string lights around some outside trees and hang ornaments in windows and doorways. Keep your cat shut away in a private room if you are having a party. Having lots of unfamiliar people in its house can be stressful to a cat, and with people coming and going there is the danger of it slipping out the door and getting outside.

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