Saturday, December 10, 2011

Some Great Holiday Safety Tips For Cat Owners, From Downtown Toronto Cat Clinic

It may not be the most wonderful time of the year if your pets aren’t safe. Here are 12 tips to keep your cats safe this holiday season:

12) Curious about shining flames, cats can knock over a candle and start a fire.

11) Not all cats are social butterflies. If your cats are shy or are anxious by nature , you should place them in a room with their litter box and food so they feel safe.

10) Please make sure that all of your cats have proper ID tags on at all times because if your pet were to become lost, you would have a much greater chance of finding them if they have identification. Sometimes
cats will get out by accident when you have guests coming in and out of your home.

9) A little table food may not be all bad, if it’s offered in their food bowl, or even better offer a special treat made for pets. But when all the relatives show their love by each one offering table scraps, that’s too much of a good thing. More than a slice or two of turkey or ham to a cat is like an average person chowing down a half a turkey or ham. Fatty meat and poultry bones are a bad idea.

8) Holiday plants, such as poinsettias, amaryllis, mistletoe, and holly may add beauty to your home, but they are very poisonous to your cats. If these plants are ingested, they may cause vomiting, diarrhea, or even more serious problems. If you purchase these items for your home, please make sure that they are out of your cat's reach

7) Beware of leaving chocolate out as it can make cats sick if they eat it.

6) Secure your tree. Cats love playing with tinsel; they’ve been known to topple entire trees by pulling on tinsel or ornaments hanging from branches. Cats are so fascinated by tinsel and ribbon they may make a meal of it, which keeps veterinarians in surgery on Christmas Day.

5) A small lattice-work fence around the base of the tree will prevent cats from climbing the tree.

4) Don’t add chemical preservatives or anything else to the water at the base of your tree to prolong the tree’s life. Cat’s love to drink from the tree base and the chemicals can be toxic to them. A tree-stand skirt
prevents pets from drinking this water.

3) Some kittens will munch on Christmas tree needles, which they can choke on.

2) After you unwrap your gifts please put all ribbon and wrapping in the garbage before your kitties try to play with it and potentially swallow it.

1) Pets Deserve Presents Too: Don’t forget to give something special to include your pets – after all, they’re family too!