Holiday Hazards for Cats

The holiday season has officially arrived! This time of year definitely has a very special feeling. It’s always great to spend some quality time with friends and family members over some delicious seasonal food. Just be sure to keep your kitty’s health and safety in mind as you prepare for the festivities. The holidays can be quite dangerous for cats! An Arlington Heights, TX vet lists some holiday hazards for cats in this article.


Fluffy has certainly brought a few trees down in her day! While climbing the tree may be an annual tradition for your playful pet, it can unfortunately be quite dangerous. Be sure to pick a tree with a secure base, one that won’t wobble or topple. You may also want to secure the treetop to the wall or ceiling with fishing line for added (but invisible) support. Also, keep your frisky pet in mind when decorating the tree. Put fragile ornaments and tinsel on the top part of the tree, where your kitty can’t reach them. Decorate the lower branches more sparingly, with non-breakable ornaments.


Although Fluffy is a bit more finicky about her food than Fido, she’s still at risk of eating things that aren’t safe for her. Never give your cat meat on the bone; chocolate; alcohol; nuts; raw meat, dough, or yeast; or anything seasoned with garlic, onions, scallions, or chives. Milk is also on the no-no list, are pitted fruits; grapes, currants, and raisins; and anything that contains xylitol. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.


As we all know, our feline buddies are very playful little furballs. However, many holiday decorations are actually quite dangerous for Fluffy. Remove or secure anything small or sharp, such as ornament hooks. Ribbons, string, tinsel, garlands, and lights are also hazardous, as they can choke or entangle cats.


Poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly are all traditional holiday decorations. However, these plants are toxic to our feline friends, and should always be placed well out of paws’ reach.

Fire/Heating Elements

Many people like to use pretty or scented candles around the holidays. Just be sure to put candles and potpourri burners in high, secure spots, where Fluffy can’t reach them. If you use a fireplace, put a protective grate in front of it.

Season’s Greetings! Please contact us, your Arlington Heights, TX vet clinic, anytime. We’re always happy to assist!