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Cat Chat Dec 2013

Have a cat-friendly Christmas

Well Christmas is almost upon us, we are all getting ready for visitors, preparing meals and decorating our homes.

Christmas can be an exciting or overwhelming time for our feline friends, here are some tips to help your cats and kittens have happy festive season. Some info provided by Cats International.

How to Keep Kitty Out of the Christmas Tree!

The arrival of the Christmas tree is a big event for Kitty. Life was bordering on ďho humĒ before you brought this wonderful piece of the great outdoors inside. From the feline point of view this is definitely one of the most thoughtful gifts you have bestowed on your companion. And if the tree wasnít enough, you so thoughtfully added all those sparkly and dangly toys from its branches! Now how do you break the news to Kitty that the tree is really not for him?

Make sure he has his own scratching post and plenty of toys to keep him occupied.

Don't leave him alone with the tree, he could easily pull it over which could cause injury to him and if the tree is lit it could catch fire with disasterous consequences.

If the tree is tall, you could attach the tree to the ceiling using a hook and some string, to prevent it from being pulled over.

Some holiday plants are toxic to cats Poinsettias can be orally irritating, but are not considered dangerous. If in doubt about a plantís toxicity, contact your vet.

Tinsel, foil, cellophane strands, string and ribbon can all be deadly to cats. Once in their mouths, the backward-pointing barbs on the tongue make it difficult to expel these items. If you see the end of a swallowed string, do not try to pull it out. Pulling the string may cause the swallowed portion of the string to cut the catís internal organs. Rush the cat immediately to the vet.

Cat toys containing glued-on decorations, bells, strings or eyes made from tacks (commonly found on the popular real-fur mice) should be stripped from these hazards before giving them to your cat.

Dangling electrical cords can be an invitation to play, especially for a kitten. Tape the cords to the wall from the socket to the tree or purchase cord covers. Unplug the lights when you plan to be away from home.

Candle flames are fascinating to many cats. While they are investigating the flame, they may be singeing their fur or knocking over the candle.. Put candles on unreachable shelves and just to be safe, anchor them well.

Donít give the left-over turkey carcass to your pets. The meat is a nice treat but cooked bones are brittle and can cut your catís insides. When you throw away the bones, take them directly outside and place them in a covered trash can.

The holidays can be fun for your cat but they can be stressful too. Provide a quiet place for Kitty with all his necessities for times when the household is too hectic. Plan to take a few minutes every so often to cuddle and stroke your cat. You both will be happier and more relaxed this holiday season.

Finally a very merry Christmas from all the APSA cats and kittens.

If you end up with unwanted or duplicated presents, the APSA shop would be grateful for any items which can be sold on to provided much needed funds to help look after the APSA animals.

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