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Safe, Fun & Healthy Holidays for Cats


  • Be careful about sharing your favorite holiday treats with your cat. Chocolate and many other types of foods can be dangerous.
  • Scented candles and potpourri are popular holiday decorations as well. Though they make our homes smell wonderful, they may be dangerous for curious cats. Even worse, an open flame can easily become a fire hazard if knocked over by your cat.
  • Many of the decorations we enjoy during the holidays are electric, and the cords can become a target for a playful cat. Biting into an electrical cord can pose an electrocution threat for your cat. Be cautious of dangling cords and place them where your cat cannot access them.
  • Be sure to spend a little extra time with your feline friend during the holidays. A little extra attention from you may help ease some of the tension of the holidays for your cat.
  • Make certain your cat has a place to retreat when company arrives if he feels the need. Your catís safe place should have a litter box, a food and water station, and a soft comfortable place to rest. It should be a private area where guests are not allowed.

Paying attention to small details can make a big difference in keeping your cat safe and healthy during the holidays, and will help both you and your cat weather the holiday season and start the new year on a happy note.

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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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