Holiday Hazards for Cats

Season’s Greetings! As the holidays ramp up into full swing, your cat will be right by your side—or under your feet—as you prepare for this year’s seasonal events and festivities. Read on as a Rochester, NY vet lists some holiday hazards for kitties.


Your feline buddy will be quite pleased to find herself with a special treat. Plain canned tuna, chicken, or salmon in water is a good option. You can also offer Fluffy some shredded deli meat, or cooked, boneless meat, fish, or poultry. (Note: make sure to remove the skin, bones, and fat first.) Sodium-free broth is also a good choice.


Kitties are very playful by nature, and often can’t resist batting at anything that is small, shiny, or rope-like. This can be a dangerous habit! Ribbons, tinsel, electric light strands, ornaments, ornament hooks, wreaths, garlands, and anything small or sharp are all hazards to playful felines. You also want to be careful with candles and potpourri burners. Keep them in high, secure spots, where Fluffy can’t get to them.

The Tree

Attacking those beautifully-decorated trees is a longstanding holiday tradition for our feline buddies. This can be quite dangerous for your pet. (It’s not great for the tree, either.) There are some things you can do to reduce the odds of Fluffy toppling your tree. Put most of the decorations on the top half of the tree. Decorate the bottom with just a few non-breakable ornaments. It’s also important to get a tree with a sturdy base. If you need extra support, use fishing line to anchor the top of the tree to the wall or ceiling. Of course, if your kitty is super frisky, you may want to opt for an artificial tree, which will be harder for her to climb.


Many seasonal plants are toxic to pets. Poinsettias, lilies, holly, ivy, and mistletoe are all poisonous to Fluffy. Pine needles are also dangerous. And, if you get a real tree, the water bowl could also be an issue. The water may contain trace amounts of chemicals like fire retardant, pesticide, and fungicide. We recommend getting artificial plants. If you do opt for real ones, put them in spots your furball can’t reach.

Happy Holidays! Please reach out to us, your Rochester, NY vet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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