Easter celebrations should be enjoyed, but with all holiday joys come potential safety hazards that can hurt or kill a cat. Here are the biggest safety concerns for cats on Easter.
Ban Chocolate Bunnies From Cats
Chocolate is toxic and sometimes fatal for animals. Make sure your cat doesn’t get his paws on any chocolate Easter treats.
Eschew Easter Lilies
All parts of the lily plant are considered toxic to cats, and consuming even small amounts can cause severe poisoning. Cat owners should be aware of the dangers of eating lilies and remove them from their cats’ access.
Know What Your Cat Can’t Eat
Although you might want to share scraps with your cat, sodium-rich ham and other heavy meat items from holiday dinners could cause intense illness. Also, onions, grapes and raisins can be toxic to pets, says Safety and Health Expert Debra Holtzman J.D, M.A, author of the book “The Safe Baby: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Home Safety.”
Cats: Stay Off the Grass
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the biggest dangers to cats around Easter is what’s inside Easter baskets. Cats often chew and eat fake Easter grass. This can cause serious complications, even an obstruction, which could lead to a health crisis that requires surgery.
Keep Alcohol at Bay
Alcohol affects cats more than people, so even small amounts of alcohol can be dangerous. Spiked drinks also should be kept out of your cat’s reach. In addition, all empty and partially empty cups should be removed as soon as possible because they can contain trace amounts of alcohol.
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