Holiday Hazards for Kitties

The holidays have officially arrived! If you have a kitty, your pet will no doubt supervise you closely as you do your baking and decorating. Fluffy may also lend a helping paw when you wrap gifts, decorate the tree, and change the sheets in your spare room. Just be sure to keep your cat’s safety in mind. This can be a dangerous time of year for our kitties! An Isle of Palms, SC vet lists some holiday hazards for cats below.


Poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe are all classic holiday decorations, but unfortunately these pretty plants are toxic to pets. If you get real plants, keep them out of paws’ reach!


Fido is somewhat more at risk than Fluffy when it comes to eating unsafe foods, but there are some cats out there that will eat, well, pretty much anything. Never give your kitty anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; nuts; or xylitol. Also on the no-no list are pitted fruits; grapes, currants, and raisins; dairy products; meat on the bone; and raw meat, dough, or yeast. If you want to give your cat a special snack, offer her canned tuna in water, or some plain, unseasoned meat, fish, or poultry, without the skin, bones, or fat.


Many frisky felines will play with anything that looks remotely entertaining. Ribbons, fragile ornaments, garlands, tinsel, holiday lights, and ornament hooks can all cause serious injuries! If you get a real tree, cover the water bowl: the water can contain toxic residue from herbicides, pesticides, and other chemicals.


Those scented candles may be the perfect touch for your holiday décor, but keep them in spots your cat can’t reach. You definitely don’t want Fluffy accidentally sticking her tail in the flame! If you use a fireplace, be sure to put up a protective grate.


Are you having visitors over for the holidays? Some kitties get very stressed out and nervous around guests. If you have a scaredy-cat, make sure she has a safe hiding spot in every room. Daily play sessions will also help. Playing will burn off Fluffy’s excess energy, which will leave her calmer and perhaps a bit tired. We all know what happens when cats get tired . . . naptime!

Happy Holidays! Please feel free to contact us, your Isle of Palms, SC pet hospital, anytime!