Christmas is a cosy time with new decorations and flickering candles in the house, but it also adds a few hazards for your cat. Here is a list of some of the most common Christmas dangers, as well as some suggested solutions, all to help you enjoy a lovely and accident-free holiday season with your cat.
- Risk – Cats can swallow string. This can cause damage to the gastrointestinal tract.
- Example – Present ribbons, tinsel, streamers
- Solution – Keep an eye on your cat when you’re wrapping or opening presents. Keep presents and string out of reach. Avoid tinsel on the tree or place it out of reach.
- Risk – Your cat can bite leads and receive an electric shock.
- Example – Fairy lights
- Solution – Hide the cables as much as possible with the help of furniture and carpets, for example. Spray the leads with a natural bitter-tasting spray for cats.
- Risk –Poisoning if the plant is eaten or chewed. Lilies can cause poisoning via airborne pollen. Poisoning is mainly observed in the form of vomiting, diarrhea and drowsiness.
- Examples – Amaryllis, hyacinth, Christmas rose, pointsettia, lilies, mistletoe, rhodedendron, tulip, angel trumpet
- Solution – Avoid poisonous plants or put them out of reach of your cat. Never have lilies in your home.
- Risk – The cat’s fur or whiskers catch fire, which can result in severe burns. There is also a risk of spreading fires.
- Example – All candles
- Solution – Use lanterns or place candles in places that are inaccessible to the cat. Always have an eye on lit candles.