cat waling pass fallen christmas tree and broken broken ornaments.

The holiday season is a time of joy, festivity, and togetherness, but it can also present hazards for our feline friends. Here at Bee Vet Animal Hospital, we’ve seen our share of holiday misadventures involving cats. Let’s look at some safety tips that focus on your cat’s well-being to keep the holidays merry for everyone.

The Danger of Festive Flora

The holiday season often brings beautiful plants into our homes. But what many people don’t realize is that lilies are toxic for cats. Even a small bite can lead to severe kidney failure. Poinsettias and mistletoe are other toxic plants for cats, causing gastrointestinal issues and more severe symptoms like seizures. Always be aware of what you’re bringing into your home.

Tips to Consider:

  • Opt for non-toxic plants for cats, such as bamboo or spider plants.
  • Place plants out of your cat’s reach, perhaps in a room they can’t access.

Scents and Sensibility

We all love to fill our homes with seasonal scents. But remember, essential oils toxic to cats should be avoided. Diffusers that disperse oils into the air can cause respiratory issues in your feline companions. Citrus, eucalyptus, and pine are especially harmful.

Safe Alternatives:

  • Use unscented candles
  • Opt for potpourri that is safe for pets

Cats and Christmas Trees: A Recipe for Disaster?

The Christmas tree—a magical decoration, but often too enticing for curious cats. Cats and Christmas trees sometimes mix like oil and water—your cat may be tempted to climb it, play with the ornaments, or even take a sip of the water at its base, which could contain fertilizers or other chemicals.

What You Can Do:

  • Secure the tree to a wall to prevent tipping.
  • Use plastic ornaments rather than glass.
  • Cover the water basin to prevent your cat from drinking from it.

How to Decorate for Christmas with Cats in Mind

While you may have to forgo some traditional decorations, you can still have a festive home. Choose fabric or felt ornaments over glass, as these materials are less hazardous if your cat decides they are new toys. Consider battery-operated candles instead of real ones to eliminate the fire risk. 

Watch What They Eat: Holiday Foods to Avoid

The holidays are also a time for indulgence, but not all treats are safe for our furry companions. Chocolate, alcohol, and caffeine are common during celebrations but can be deadly for cats. The same goes for certain natural sweeteners like xylitol, found in sugar-free gum or baked goods.

Safety Measures:

  • Keep human treats out of reach and inform guests not to feed your cat any table scraps.
  • Make or buy cat-friendly treats so your feline friend can join in on the holiday festivities.

The Bottom Line

The holidays are meant to be a joyous occasion for everyone in the family, including our four-legged members. With a bit of planning, you can ensure it’s a season of delight rather than trips to veterinary emergency care

The Bee Vet Animal Hospital veterinarians and team are here to help if you have any concerns or questions. Don’t hesitate to contact us to ensure a safe and happy holiday season for your feline friend. We’re committed to providing exceptional care for your animal companions all year round.