The holiday season can be a fun time for people but a dangerous one for cats.
With that in mind, the CATalyst Council, a cat health advocacy group based in Annapolis, Md., has compiled a list of the top “seasonal dangers” for cats.
Among the potential hazards that should be kept out of a cat’s reach are:
- gift wrapping, including ribbons that, if ingested, can cause serious, even life-threatening intestinal injury
- poisonous festive plants, such as poinsettias, mistletoe, pine tree needles, amaryllis lilies, red azaleas and paperwhites
- Christmas tree water, which is often treated with chemicals that can sicken cats
- rich holiday foods that could upset a cat’s stomach
- lit candles that could be knocked over by a cat’s moving tail and cause a fire
For the complete list, including a description of each danger, click here.
The CATalyst Council said the goal of the list is to remind “cat owners that there are some things they need to be wary of during this festive time of year.”
The council was formed in 2008 to improve cat welfare through high-quality veterinary care, preventative medicine and cat-specific products.
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