Pine needles are poisonous to cats

Christmas with cats: Beware of these 14 underestimated sources of danger!

For many, Christmas is the best time of the year. Decorating your home, wrapping gifts, preparing banquets: there is almost always something to do. However, some dangers can lurk on our velvet paws during this time. What they are and what you should pay attention to.

Especially for indoor cats, the possibilities for variety are drastically reduced as soon as it gets colder outside: the windows remain closed, eavesdropping on and observing birds is no longer an issue.

For the same reason, the balcony door now also stays closed more and more often. In any case, there isn't too much going on there at this time of the year. What can you do against boredom? Unfortunately, cats come up with "stupid thoughts" during such hard times and stick their noses in everywhere.

Whether decoration, festive meals or special plants: Some Christmas things should be avoided in the cat household, or at least kept out of the reach of cats. You can read about them below.

14 sources of danger for cats at Christmas time

1. Fairy lights

Fairy lights create a homely atmosphere during the Christmas season. If cats play with them, however, they can strangle themselves in the worst case. In addition, many cats are "cable biters", which creates an additional hazard from this object.

2. Scented candles

In the manufacture of scented candles, hard paraffin is mixed with fragrances. The scents can encourage cats to lick the candle. Paraffin is a by-product of petroleum. Petroleum is highly toxic to humans and animals, which is why scented candles should never be used without supervision.

Candles made from real beeswax are a non-toxic alternative.

3. Tinsel

Despite environmental concerns, tinsel is still part of a decorated Christmas tree for many. For cats, the sparkling flutter tape can be an invitation to play. If the tape is swallowed, the animal is threatened with an acute intestinal obstruction.

4. Gift ribbons

Gift ribbons are just as attractive to cats as tinsel - with the same possible consequences.

5. Wrapping paper

Small balls made of wrapping paper can be quickly “tinkered” and invite cats to play. However, printed paper contains many toxins. If a cat licks it, it can cause nausea and vomiting.

6. Poinsettia and mistletoe

In the Advent season they are the ultimate souvenir for friends and relatives. However, the plants shouldn't be brought into an apartment with cats: Poinsettias contain milkweed, this substance is highly toxic for cats. All parts of the mistletoe are also highly poisonous.

7. Chocolate

Chocolate (and even more so in dark chocolate) contains caffeine. Cats cannot metabolize caffeine. Just 100 grams of dark chocolate is enough to fatally poison an average cat. Cookie plates with chocolate should therefore be stored in a cupboard and never openly presented on a cookie plate.

8. Fondue

The fondue itself is not poisonous, but the raw pork can be before it is prepared in the fondue: If it is lying around openly, it can be a health hazard for cats. An infection with the Aujezky virus is possible.

9. Christmas tree

Conifers are generally poisonous for cats, but there is one exception: the Nordmann fir can be placed in the cat household without hesitation. Pine trees are also unsuitable because they contain a substance that is toxic to cats and causes diarrhea and nausea.

10. Advent wreath and arrangements

What applies to the Christmas tree, of course, also applies to Advent wreaths and other arrangements made of fir.

11. Snow spray and artificial snow

Window panes with stars, snowflakes and the like are decorated for winter with snow spray. Snow spray contains various substances that are toxic to cats. Greenpeace also warns against use if pets live in the home.

12. Christmas tree balls

Fir tree balls are usually made of very thin glass. If they fall to the ground, they usually break instantly. Because the balls are so thin, the pieces cut into the meat with ease. A safe alternative are Christmas balls made of plastic.

13. Raisins

Grapes and raisins are poisonous to dogs and cats! Consumption of just a few grams leads to acute kidney failure.

14. Christmas goose

For many, the Christmas goose is part of a successful celebration. After the feast, the leftovers should best be disposed of outside in the garbage can: Poultry bones splinter when chewed and can lead to internal injuries in the animal.

Post photo: Jennifer C. / Kitten in christmas tree / CC-BY

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