Christmas safety for your cat
Cats can enjoy the festive season too, with a
few top tips:
- Feeding your cat a few pieces of cooked meat (turkey, chicken etc) is fine, but take account of these treats in the cat's daily food ration.
- While cooked meat is fine, ensure that there are no bones present. Bones, especially cooked ones, can splinter and cause intestinal damage.
- Most adult cats cannot tolerate the lactose in milk so, unless your cat has milk on daily basis and you know it doesn’t cause problems, don’t give your cat milk at Christmas.
- When looking at gifts for your cat, interactive toys are an effective way to stimulate cats while also helping them exercise.
- Keep your hangover cures locked away – paracetamol is highly toxic to cats.
- Christmas plants are common place in our homes around the festive season, but be aware that some, like Poinsettia, Mistletoe and Christmas Cherry, can be poisonous to cats. See our list of poisonous plants.
- Your cat may be attracted to the Christmas tree and decorations, so it is advisable to keep glass baubles higher up, to prevent breakaged, and ensure that the tree is well secured.
- The hustle and bustle of lots of family and friends in the house, and the even the simple change of routine, over the holiday season can be stressful for cats. Make sure that there is a quiet area for them to retreat to.
- Make Christmas better for all those unowned cats by donating tins, sachets or packets of cat food to your local shelter or by supporting our work.