Holidays And Celebrations Safety Tips For Cat Owners | Keeping Cats Safe During Halloween, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas
Whether you’re a multi-cat owner, a canine and a feline owner or just the pet parent of one animal, keeping your furry pal(s) safe during holidays and celebrations can be a tricky business.
Some holidays pose greater danger than others. Celebrations in general can harm your pet’s physical health, as well as its mental health. Keeping your beloved pet strictly indoors and away from some out-of-hand festivity outside isn’t always enough. Holiday celebrations pose all sorts of hazards for feline furballs and knowing what to avoid can actually save your kitty’s life.
I’ve combined a list of the most common hazardous treats for cats during celebrations like Halloween, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Easter and more.
Halloween safety tips for cat owners
Let’s start with one of the most hazardous holidays for cats, which is celebrated all over the world, despite being most popular in the US – Halloween, also known as Samhain or All Hallows’ Eve.
The horrible truth is that many cats, both indoor and feral, go missing during this time of the year. Occultism, alcohol and inhumane pranks often result in kidnapping a poor kitty and doing unspeakable things to it. Keeping your pet safely inside behind locked doors and windows is a must during Halloween celebrations.
Moreover, Halloween decorations often pose a serious physical threat to cats. They can easily get tangled and suffocated in tinsel, paper cutouts, fake cobwebs, etc. And yet nothing can beat Jack-o’-Lanterns. Kitties can get attracted by the flickering lights and the smell of fresh pumpkin. Unfortunately, that never goes well.
Halloween hazards for cats
The following hazards are the most common culprits for cat injury (or worse) during All Hallows’ Eve celebrations.
If you’re one of those pet parents who like dressing up their furballs, make sure the cat’s Halloween costume is reliable. Some costumes can pose fatal danger of suffocating/ chocking, so make safety your priority. It doesn’t matter how awesome the costume is if it comes with any health risks.
Thanksgiving safety tips for cat owners
While the sole idea behind Thanksgiving and the abundance of delicious food are the two key factors giving us the holiday spirit, Thanksgiving can indeed be an unbearable hustle. All the drama that comes with friends and relatives, all the shopping, cooking and entertaining, all the cleaning… it’s easy to forget about your cat’s safety during the holidays.
Even though cats can eat some Thanksgiving meals, most of the food on your table can pose fatal harm to them.
On top of that, playful children and noisy visitors can do some pretty serious damage to your kitty’s overall health on a physical and mental level. Let’s be real – neglecting your cat on Thanksgiving is easy when you’re preoccupied with everything else. Unfortunately, poisonous plants and decorations, child-induced accidents, unhealthy food and stressful environment are just some of the risks Thanksgiving brings to felines.
Easter safety tips for cat owners
The kid-friendly Easter celebrations actually aren’t quite cat-friendly. Dying your kitty’s fur by accident isn’t a groundbreaking crime since the commercial dyes are meant to be edible. However, if you want to keep your cat safe during Easter celebrations, you shouldn’t neglect other details.
Easter lilies are absolutely toxic to cats!
Keep that in mind at all times. Although pretty, these flowers will undeniably lead to fatal toxicity. What’s more, other popular decorations, especially paper or plastic items, can have similar results. Ingesting such items can block your pet’s intestines, cause internal bleeding, tissue rupture, allergic reactions, vomiting and other nasty outcomes.
Easter hazards for cats
Here are the main holiday hazards for cats during the Easter celebrations.
- Plastic eggs and other toy-like items
- Candy and other sweet foods
- Easter lilies
- Plastic grass
Let’s not forget that overexcited children will definitely stress out your pet during Easter egg hunts. And speaking of egg hunts – make sure you NEVER leave any eggs behind for your cat to find.
Christmas safety tips for cat owners
It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but Christmas is also one of the most dangerous holidays. At least when it comes to cats.
Every single tree decoration, especially the balls, will attract your pet. Bringing out its inner playfulness with such items can lead to severe injuries, if not even worse. Tinsel and garlands pose risks too as they can lead to chocking or suffocation. Ingestion of decoration items can impact your cat’s digestive and respiratory system.
And don’t even let me get started on the food!
You might think that treating your pet to some leftovers is a good idea, but it’s actually not. We tend to use a bunch of different seasonings and toppings to make Christmas meals taste amazing, but most of those additives are absolutely poisonous to pets.
Christmas hazards to cats
Here’s a list of the most common dangers Christmas poses for your fluffy friend.
- Decorations of all sorts
- Eggnog and other beverages
- Christmas food
- Present wraps
- Carolers visiting your home
- Christmas plants
Yes, the Christmas tree’s pine needles, the mistletoe, the poinsettia and other popular Christmas plants are all dangerous to your feline furball. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean your cat won’t try to play/ nibble at them.
Independence Day and New Year’s Eve safety tips for cat owners
Needless to say, New Year’s Eve and Independence Day are the worst holidays for cats of all breeds and ages. The most crucial safety tip during 4th of July and New Year’s Eve celebrations is to NEVER, ever let your cat go outside or near any fireworks! Fatally risky for cats and humans alike, fireworks tend to do more damage than any other aspect of these celebrations.
The constantly flickering lights can inflict emotional and physical harm to your pet, but that’s nothing compared to the poor kitty’s hearing!
Cats have enviably heightened senses and they can hear better than any dog or human being. You probably can’t even imagine how stressful fireworks sound to your pet and how scary the sights can be. Just because you’re not putting up a show in your home, it doesn’t mean that your cat won’t get affected by what’s going on outside.
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation offers some great safety tips for handling your pet’s well-being during 4th of July celebrations.
My advice is, if you can move your kitty to a friend or relative’s home during the firework-abundant holidays where it will be calmer around people it knows, you should definitely do it. Last, but not least, there’s one big no-no for all cats during any type of holiday. And that’s alcohol. Keep your furball away from it at all times. The toxic dosage for cats may seem insignificantly small to you, but it can be lethal to your pet.
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