[Updated November 2023]
Christmas is a time for family, food, and fun! However, the festive season can also be an overwhelming time for pets, especially our more independent feline friends.
Your cat can get overexcited by their new indoor climbing frame (sometimes referred to as “the Christmas tree”), may eat things they shouldn’t, and could even manage to get well and truly tangled in ribbon and tape.
Educate yourself on the potential dangers and make sure you keep an eye on what’s good for your cat so everyone can enjoy a purrfect Christmas.
We’ve split this blog into four handy categories so you can keep your home safe for your cat without losing your seasonal spirit:
The Tempting Tree
Cats generally love to climb, so there’s a good chance your Christmas tree will look like the ultimate mountaineering challenge. Unfortunately for your curious cat, pine needles from real trees can be harmful if eaten, and the treatments used on artificial trees can be as well. Glass ornaments, hot lights and tinsel are also all hazards to beware of. Here are some measures you can take to try to cat-proof your tree:
- Make sure your tree is stable so your cat can’t knock it over. Put it in a strong base and in a corner, where there’s less chance of it falling over.
- Hang ornaments higher up on the tree so they are out of the reach of kitty-paws and secure them tightly to the branches. This includes tinsel and lights, which should always be kept out of reach.
- Don’t put your presents under the tree until the last minute.
- Keep the door closed when you’re not in the room, to discourage your cat from popping in for a prowl.
The Festive Food
Tempting though it may be, don’t give your cat new food just because it’s Christmas. You don’t want to have to rush out to the nearest emergency vet just as you’re about to carve the turkey. Try not to leave food lying around – particularly if you know your cat is a scavenger. It’s especially important to keep these foods away from any inquisitive felines:
- Onions and garlic – raw or cooked. These can be toxic to cats.
- Dried fruit – on its own or in cake, mince pies or other treats. Certain dried fruits (like raisins) are toxic, so it’s best to err on the side of caution and avoid them all.
- Chocolate – encourage friends and family to put the lid back on the box or tin after choosing their treat. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, both of which can be dangerous for cats and can even be lethal in sufficient amounts.
- Alcohol – a curious cat could easily lick up a splash of wine before you notice, but even small amounts of some alcohols can be very harmful. Be sure to clean up any spilt alcohol as soon as possible to reduce the risk of your kitty coming across it.
Of course, spoiling your cat with an extra helping of their usual treats is a great way of including them in the festive cheer. You could also add YuMOVE Digestive Care to support healthy digestion while the feasting commences.
The Bright Berries
Indoor plants and berries can be dangerous for our furry friends. Seasonal plants like poinsettia, which are toxic, should be put out of your cat’s reach. Similarly, holly and mistletoe berries are toxic – so if you’re using these plants to decorate your home, arrange them high up and out of your cat’s reach.
(Always keep an emergency vet number somewhere memorable – just in case!)
The Seasonal Stress
New faces, noisy households, and more merriment than usual can increase your cat’s stress levels. You might find that they’re hiding more often, becoming unusually aggressive, or eating less than usual. Introducing YuMOVE Calming Care for Cats 4-6 weeks before the festivities begin can help ease anxiety, help reduce stress, and support calm behaviour. You could also think about:
- Making a sheltered, cosy, safe space for your cat to retreat to.
- Putting their litter tray in a quiet, safe place.
- Keeping them apart from any visiting animals or excitable humans.
- Making sure you are stocked up on treats and their favourite toys.
A bit of preparation goes a long way. Here at YuMOVE, we wish all our feline friends and their caring owners a happy, peaceful, and stress-free Christmas! Feel free to contact our friendly Customer Service Team on 01462 416866, or email email@example.com, for tips on the best YuMOVE supplements for your cat this year!