Easter is next Sunday! Many of us are looking forward to celebrating the spring holiday with friends and family. Your feline pal, of course, will want to carefully supervise your planning and preparations, and will definitely be primed for some mischief. Keep in mind that Easter does present a few specific seasonal dangers for kitties. A Houston Heights, TX vet offers some safety tips for Fluffy in this article.
Spring bouquets add a beautiful pop of color to your home. Unfortunately, many seasonal favorites, such as tulips and daffodils, are toxic to cats. Lilies are particularly concerning: kitties can go into organ failure after eating even tiny amounts. While all lilies are poisonous, those in the day lily and true lily groups are the most dangerous. That includes tiger lilies, Easter lilies, and Stargazer lilies, along with several others. If you do want to set bouquets out, choose ones that incorporate safe plants, such as daisies and orchids. (Note: the ASPCA has a great resource for this here.) Keep in mind that even nontoxic plants can be dangerous if they’ve been treated with chemicals and/or decorated with things like ribbons or toys.
Our feline friends are very playful. Many kitties are particularly fond of playing with ropy, stringy items. Fluffy may look cute playing with garlands or ribbons, but these are definitely not safe for her. These things can be choking hazards, and can cause serious internal injuries if ingested. Don’t let your little buddy play with things like string lights or garlands. The plastic grasses from Easter baskets are also unsafe, as is anything small or sharp.
It’s fine to give Fluffy something special for the holiday, but stick with safe options. Ham is a very popular main course. However, it isn’t really good for cats, as it’s quite high in salt and fat. Chocolate is also quite dangerous, so you’ll need to keep those cocoa eggs and bunnies out of paws’ reach. Garlic, mushrooms, grapes, raisins, meat on the bone, and alcohol are also unsafe. Ask your vet for more information.
We share the Lone Star State with several dangerous critters, such as rattlesnakes. Many wild animals are particularly active in spring. Keep your feline buddy safe and sound indoors!
Hoppy Easter! Please contact us, your local Houston Heights, TX pet hospital, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs.