Okay, this is my service post for the season. The humans have a lot of holiday traditions that can be a problem for cats. They have things that are good to eat, but deadly. They spike the water with deadly poisons and some of their favorite treats can make us sick. I’m certain they don’t do this on purpose but sometimes as cats, we have to watch out for ourselves. This time of year that’s especially true. Humans are running around all over the place and sometimes they barely have time to feed us those extra treats for our trouble!
At any rate, the first deadly toxin is the Poinsettia. I know. These lovely red and green velvety plants make you just want to chew on the. The leaves look great with our coats and the colors set off the coats of most cats wonderfully. If you have a human who understands color, they may even get you a white one to set off the red one and then you! It’s a gorgeous tableau. The poinsettia calls you. It’s leaves and it’s flowers look so appetitizing. Perhaps there’s a breeze and suddenly you want to chew! Suddenly you have a face full! STOP!!!!
Poinsettia’s are highly toxic plants. You can die from eating them. Avoid this flower. Suggest your human get a fake one if they must have it because really, those leaves, that flower, just CALL to be chewed on.
So you’ve avoided the poinsettia. You’re napping under the indoor tree that humans bring in each year, wondering why this delightful thing isn’t around all the time. A tree inside. You are under the tree, there’s no rain, it’s warm and you can see everyone and no one sees you. You decide to explore and there, right by your head is water. You decided to drink. STOP!
Check out the tree water. Is it just water? Some humans add chemicals that they think will keep the tree alive longer. Unfortunately some of those tree chemicals can be hazardous to our health. Remind your human that cats can’t resist water in unusual places. Then remind them that you are more important than that stupid tree.
Everyone is eating. Eating. Eating. You love this time of year. Clothing that can no longer be gotten into lays on the floor. Sweats come out because those are the only clothes that are comfortable and you get to lay on them. Ah. Sometimes those sweet, dark pieces of chocolate fall on the floor. You’re tempted to see what the big deal is. STOP!
In any quantity chocolate can be toxic to dogs and cats. Stop that chewing. I know a little bit might be okay but watch the amounts. It’s better to just avoid it altogether.
As bonus, I’d like to share a little factoid that I learned on one of the cat fact pages online. Someone thinks that cats don’t taste the sweet flavor. Imagine. Do you think a cat really said that?
At any rate, I hope my little warnings have allowed you all to have a safer holiday season!