Ensure your cat has the purrfect Christmas

Cat in Christmas Hat

We love Christmas at HiLife, whether it is surprising loved ones with presents, getting together with your nearest and dearest or enjoying all the delicious seasonal food and drink. But it can present potential hazards for our feline friends and no one needs a trip to the vet on Christmas Day!

With their sparkling decorations and pretty, twinkling lights, cats can be attracted to Christmas trees. The spiky nature of the needles means cats don’t tend to eat them, but if they do, they can lodge in their intestines creating painful blockages. Playing with the needles can also result in them working their way into your kitty’s paw so it is best to vacuum them up straight away, or plump for an artificial tree.

Some of the more adventurous cats out there will also try to climb your Christmas tree, which often ends up with it falling over. If you can’t find a reliable way to keep the tree topple-free, or to prevent your beloved feline from scaling it in the first place, it might be best to remove temptation by positioning it somewhere you can close the door to when you’re not in.

Christmas decorations and wrapping make appealing playthings for cats, but can also prove dangerous for our feline friends. They all present choking hazards, and are best kept out of the way if possible. Also be mindful of any glass decorations that could smash and cut tiny paws, as well as any wires from Christmas lights, which can give your cat a nasty shock if they chew through them. Many owners aren’t aware of the dangers of artificial snow, which if ingested is toxic, so keep this out of reach or avoid it completely.

Many of the plants used in seasonal decorations are also poisonous to cats. The RSPCA advises that poinsettias, holly, ivy and mistletoe should be avoided as they can all be toxic. If your kitty ingests any part of it, you should seek advice from a vet as soon as you can.

You may be looking forward to Christmas dinner and all the delicious festive treats, but chocolate, nuts, blue cheese and mince pies may make cats poorly. Although it is OK to give them a little cooked turkey, it is safest and healthiest to stick to your cat’s regular diet throughout Christmas. Giving them rich treats, or foods they aren’t used to, may give them a bad tummy – no fun for anyone.

We all know cats are the perfect pet to share your Christmas with and if you heed our helpful advice ‘Yule’ be sure to have a Christmas that’s cool enough for any cat. We’d love to see pictures of your feline friends enjoying the festivities. Share them with us on facebook or Twitter

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