Just thought I would post this for all Kitty Owners
Things are crazy enough. The last thing you need this time of year is an unexpected emergency visit to the local veterinary hospital.
So today I want to remind you about common holiday problems that can cause serious problems for cats. I see these cases so often during the holidays, that I wanted to bring them to your attention and possibly help prevent an emergency in your home.
These things happen all the time, so PLEASE beware and keep your kitty safe.
1. Know what plants to avoid. Issues have occurred with Holly, Amaryllis, Mistletoe, Poinsettia and the Christmas Cactus. For more information about specific issues - go to: http://www.petplace.com/fall-and-winter-holiday-plant-toxicity-in-cats
One of these plants can even cause hallucinations in cats! Find out which one.
If you bring these plants into your home, make sure they are in a safe location where your cat can't get to them. They can all cause vomiting and gastrointestinal upset if ingested.
2. Ribbons and Strings. Ribbons from gifts or balloons are fun for cats to play with, but sometimes cats will ingest them. This can cause what we call a life-threatening linear foreign body that requires gastrointestinal surgery.
If there are cats around, I don't put ribbon on the gifts I wrap. I only use a simple bow and even then I keep the gifts away from any cats.
3. Care with the Tree . Make sure trees are well secured and can't be knocked over. Make sure your cat can't drink the tree water or ingest bulbs, pine needles and ornament hooks. We have some very useful tips on how to make your tree safe for cats - go to: http://www.petplace.com/10-steps-for-a-cat-safe-holiday-tree
I hope these holiday tips help keep your cat safe.