Protecting Your Cat From Poisonous Plants During the Holidays

Protecting Your Cat From Poisonous Plants During the Holidays

The holiday season is often filled with cheer and happiness. Presents, time with your family, and classic movies, there are so many things to enjoy around the holidays. However, there are also some serious risks that cat owners need to watch for, including poisonous plants. Do you have questions about pets and holiday safety? Contact Firestone Animal Hospital in Downey, CA, to speak with our veterinarian.

Cats and Poisonous Plants

Cats like to nibble on certain plants, and their vegetarian tastes are not limited to just catnip. Unfortunately, some plants can be poisonous to cats or at least upset their stomach, leading to vomiting, diarrhea, and other health issues.

Poinsettias are popular around the holidays because the plants themselves are beautiful. However, they can upset your cat’s stomach if they are ingested. The leaves and berries on holly plants can cause similar reactions. Even some pine tree needles are toxic. As your Christmas tree ages, it will also whither with needles falling off of the branches.

Then there is mistletoe. This plant is part of holiday lore, but it is also very toxic for pets, including cats. If your cat has swallowed mistletoe, get in touch with our veterinarian right away. Time is often of the essence. The same is true for lily, which can be deadly for cats. Contact our emergency veterinary service right away if your cat has eaten any part of a lily.

Cats and Holiday Safety

So, how do you keep your cat safe during the holidays? First, artificial plants are often safer than toxic plants. It is best to completely avoid mistletoe and lily plants. While they look pretty, these plants pose a serious danger for your cats.

If you simply can’t do without your holiday poinsettia, it is best to put the plant up somewhere high and difficult to reach. However, remember that cats are very agile and can get almost anywhere. While a dog might be deterred by a high shelf, a cat may view it as little more than a nuisance.

Veterinary Care in Downey, CA

If you have any questions or concerns about pets and holiday safety, contact our veterinarian at Firestone Animal Hospital in Downey, CA! Call us today at (562) 928-1341. Have a happy and safe holiday season from all of us at Firestone Animal Hospital.

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