Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas? Part 2

[Part 1]

During the holidays, there are many hazards that pet owners do not always think about. During all the celebrating and festivities, the pets might be overlooked or forgotten about. Don't forget about their safety so that they can have a happy holidays as well!

There are nine more things that owners should be cautious about around pets--especially cats.

1. Bones. Beware of the bones left over in the holiday turkey, chicken, or even steak. Bones can splinter and choke pets or cut into their tender mouths and throats.

2. Fat. Although cats and other pets will love to slurp up the leftovers, don't give pets extra fat off of meat. It'll taste good going down, but fat causes gastrointestinal problems.

3. Holiday plants. Holly, poinsettia (although not poisonous, it causes stomach problems), and mistletoe are extremely poisonous plants to pets if they eat or chew on them.

4. Electrical cords. Cats love to play with anything that resembles string, but don't let them play with cords that are plugged in and can electrocute them.

5. Candles. Never leave candles unattended around pets. They can easily knock burning candles over and harm themselves or the house.

6. Pine needles. Try to keep shed pine needles vacuumed or swept up. Animals like to eat them and they can puncture their stomachs.

7. Christmas trees. Secure the tree so that there's no chance it can fall over on a pet and hurt it. Cats in particular like to climb into Christmas trees and they can be seriously injured if the tree falls on them.

8. Breakable ornaments, tinsel, and garland. If pets knock of ornaments and break them, the shards can be harmful to owner and pet alike. Cats like to play with tinsel and garland, but if they eat pieces, it can choke them or cause stomach problems.

9. Company. Watch out for guests as they enter and exit the house. Cats like to run under people's feet and they might escape or trip unsuspecting guests. Company also can stress pets out, so provide areas for them to rest in away from the festivities.



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Lily Billingsley said...

Good tips Rebecca, I have checked them all with my cats and dogs. Our new kitty is only 6 weeks old and already climbed the Christmas tree twice. The odor repellent spray did the trick though. Our dogs are outside but there are some holiday outdoors' hazards too, like lawn ornaments and strings of lights. Training with treats usually work for our dogs, but our neighbor's dog is a little vandal.