Cats are known to want to climb, play and destroy everything. This is no different when it comes to Christmas time.

The addition of Christmas decorations including an ‘actual indoor tree’ to climb makes your cat even more mischievous and inquisitive than usual. All these new additions to the home make for huge temptation for cats. We have put together our top tips on keeping your pet cat safe this Christmas season.

Christmas Decorations

Your cat sees your Christmas decorations as an opportunity to play, claw, chew and even swing from. Your Christmas tree is no exception. Whether you have a real or fake tree, make sure you secure it well within a tree stand. If you have a real tree and keep it watered, make sure your cat can’t get to the water reservoir as they may try to drink it. Hanging baubles on the tree low down is just asking for your cat to think it’s their toy – try to hang them above your cat’s eyeline.

Candles

Candles are more popular at Christmas than any other time of the year. However, think carefully about whether you can trust your cat around candles. If your cat is likely to jump onto the surface where the candle is burning such as a fireplace, coffee table or sideboard, carefully watch your cat for any potential danger. Be aware of any hanging decorations in the vicinity of the candle’s flame – could your cat knock these off? Don’t leave any candles burning unattended if you have a cat that has a history of climbing or jumping.

Kitchen Safety

Preparing the big Christmas dinner often leads to a cluttered kitchen. This can lead to a whole host of dangers for your cats. Try to keep your cats out of the kitchen whilst you’re cooking. When you’re not looking, they may be tempted to jump on the worktop, or eat the food that’s been left out.

Toxic Foods and Plants

There are plants that are popular over the festive season such as the poinsettia and the Christmas lily that are poisonous to cats. To keep your cat out of risk, keep these out of the home. As well as plants, there are a variety of foods and drinks that should be kept away from your feline friends.

These include:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Raw Eggs
  • Bones
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeinated Drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Bread Dough
  • Milk
  • Grapes
  • Dog Food

The best way to make sure your cat is kept safe, happy and healthy this Christmas is to eliminate any potential dangers from the home. Keep a careful eye on your cat and their behaviour over the festive period. If you have any concerns over your cat’s health, contact your local vet immediately. Most veterinary practices will have emergency appointments available over Christmas and New Year.

Rachel Smith
Rachel Smith is a huge animal lover and has always been passionate about the wellbeing of pets. She currently has a rescue dog, Stewie and a corn snake, Samson, but has experience of looking after various different pets over the years.

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