Top 5 Christmas Hazards for Cats

Top 5 Christmas Hazards for Cats

Cats cannot help themselves. If they can get themselves into trouble, they will. The holidays are full of new fun and exciting decorations, tasty treats and the stress of events and visitors. Their routines are knocked out of sorts and their environments are turned upside down. Because cats are creatures of habit and habitat the holiday season can be particularly hard on them. Here are five common cat Christmas hazards and how to avoid them.

1.) Foreign Bodies

Tinsel, ornaments, pieces of toys, string and foam are some of the foreign objects that we have recovered from our feline patients over previous holiday seasons. Whether it is holiday stressors that cause a condition called Pica (eating non-food objects) or it is because they like the way it feels in their mouth, cats will eat things they shouldn’t. Ingested foreign objects often cause symptoms of vomiting, lethargy and anorexia and is medically urgent. Be extra diligent in picking up edible sized objects and maybe consider going tinsel or garland free around the house. Pheromone therapy or antianxiety medication may also help if it is a behavioural problem.

2.) Stranger Danger

So, Uncle Pat is coming to stay in the guest bedroom. Next thing you know Fluffy is peeing on all of your clean laundry. Little did we know that the guest bedroom is where Fluffy usually goes to rest and unwind after a busy day of squirrel patrol. Without that quiet reprieve Fluffy has decided to take out his frustrations all over your crisp, clean whites. It is important to respect our feline friends living quarters and allow them a place to get away from it all. Pheromone therapy or antianxiety treatments started before a stressful situation may help curb these fluid outbursts.