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Christmas time: be careful what the cat eats


Burning candles, Christmas trees that tempt you to climb up, or poisonous decorations from snow spray are just a few of the dangers at Christmas that cats are exposed to. When it comes to food, it can also be dangerous for the festival. Keep a close eye on your cat during Christmas - Image: Shutterstock / Dmitry Bruskov

During the Christmas season, you should keep a close eye on what your pet eats. Much of what is on the Christmas table or set up for decoration could be as seductive as it is unhealthy for your little tiger.

Chocolate, cookies and leftovers from the table

Even if it is meant well: Cat owners should not make any exceptions for their pets even at Christmas time when it comes to species-appropriate feed. So don't give your darling anything off the table. Most foods are too fatty, too spicy or too salty for your pet.

Leftover food is also not for cats. For example, if you give them poultry bones from roast chicken or goose, they risk splintering and dangerously injuring the cat when eating. Chocolate, cookies, cocoa and other sugary drinks are often seductive, but unhealthy to dangerous for house tigers and should not be left unattended. Better buy a particularly delicious cat food if you want to give your beloved parlor tiger a treat on the holidays.

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Poisonous Christmas plants

One of the most popular Christmas plants, the poinsettia, is one of the plants that can be very dangerous for cats. Plants like this should therefore be placed out of reach.

With the essential oils it contains and the prickly consistency of its needles, conifers can be dangerous for cats. Keep in mind that not only the Christmas tree, but also an advent wreath could tempt your little tiger to nibble on it - so it is best to hang it up so that your curious fur nose cannot reach it. In advance, find out as precisely as possible which plants you will be buying during the Christmas season and how they could affect cats. Putting cat grass as an alternative is always a good idea - you're guaranteed not to go wrong.

Christmas decorations can be swallowed

You should also be careful with Christmas decorations that your kitty could swallow. Rustling, glittering tinsel or angel hair invites you to play. However, if the material is swallowed, serious damage can result in the cat's digestive tract. Pets and gift ribbons are also a bad combination - don't leave them in the apartment. The same applies to Christmas decorations, which your cat can also nibble on. The items are often chemically treated and have a negative impact on cat health if they are nibbled or swallowed. You can find out more about decoration and its dangers in the guide "Caution! Dangerous Christmas decoration for cats".