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Safe, Fun & Healthy Holidays for Cats

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  • Remember that ribbons and tinsel are tempting toys for a curious feline. But if your cat swallows these objects, they can cause serious problems if they get “stuck” in the intestinal tract or wrapped around your catís tongue. Keep these types of decorations out of the reach of your cat.
  • If you put up a Christmas tree for the holidays, your cat may be tempted to taste the water at its base. Unfortunately, that same water may be stagnant or filled with fertilizers, preservatives, or other chemicals which are unsafe for your cat.
  • Many of the holiday plants that are popular this time of year are dangerous for our cats. Though poinsettias are generally over-rated in terms of their potential for toxicity, they can still cause mild intestinal upset for your cat. More importantly, holly can be very toxic, as can some types of mistletoe. In addition, lilies can be deadly for your cat and are often found in holiday flower arrangements. Do not leave these plants where your cat can chew on them.

See Also: How to Pet-Proof Your Christmas Tree

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By Dr. Laurie Huston, PetMD

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12:22PM PST on Dec 16, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

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2:19PM PST on Dec 5, 2012

never given it much thought til now.

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4:50AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

Excellent article, thank you..

1:58AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

My cat will have fun in the Christmas tree! Last year she clumb up till the middle of it height. And she plays with the ornaments, she broke a few!

11:56PM PST on Dec 3, 2012

Christmas tree , oh Christmas tree - thy ornaments are history.

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