Safety for All Seasons

To help you keep your cat safe throughout the year, we have some helpful tips to avoid some specific season related dangers.


While lilies are beautiful, they are highly toxic to your cat and other pets.

Parasite Prevention – Parasite control is an important part of your cat’s wellness program and year-round preventive care is essential, even for indoor-only cats.


  • Fireworks – Leave your cat inside if fireworks are being set off outside. Keep your cat far away from any loud noises that might cause him stress.
  • Hot weather – Help your cat stay cool during hot weather and make sure there is plenty of fresh, clean water available.
  • Noise – Close all windows and shades to decrease the amount of outside noise.
    • If you have guests over, locate your cat in a room with less noise and traffic.
    • Try playing background noise from a radio or TV in the area where your cat spends most of his time to reduce stress.
  • Stress – Remember to stay calm and provide a safe place for your cat to hide in or behind. You can use a feline facial pheromone diffuser/spray to reduce the effect loud noises may have on your cat.


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    If you have company over for Thanksgiving, keep your cat away from the door. All of the noise, activity, and strangers entering your home can be jarring to our furry friends.

    • Place your cat in a secure space away from the front door.
    • Keep your cat calm and prevent him from darting outside.
  • Keep food and drink out of reach from cats.
    • Never allow your cat to eat undercooked or raw foods.
    • Eating turkey or turkey skin can make cats sick.
    • Fatty foods are hard for cats to process and can cause digestion problems.
    • Deserts made with the artificial sweetener xylitol can be fatal to cats if consumed.
    • Ensure table scraps are not being fed to your cat.
    • Keep garbage can lids secure.
    • Never allow your cat to play with or potentially eat turkey bones.
    • Ensure alcohol bottles are sealed and inaccessible.
  • Confirm your Thanksgiving decorations are safe/non-threatening to cats.
    • Never leave a cat alone in an area with a lit candle.
    • Cornucopias often contain materials easily broken apart by felines.
    • Pumpkins, decorative corn, and other Thanksgiving knickknacks can cause upset stomachs, digestive issues, or even choking if consumed by your cat.
  • Certain holiday flowers pose a danger to cats, and often times floral centerpieces should be avoided completely.
    • Autumn crocus, Chrysanthemum, and oak tree acorns can be fatal if consumed.

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    Candies are not for cats.

    • Chocolate in any form can be very dangerous for cats.
    • In addition, candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol, can cause major problems.
    • If you suspect your cat has ingested something toxic, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately.
  • Use caution with any holiday costumes. Not all cats want to dress up.  A safe choice for a costume can be a  loosely tied bandanna or festive collar.
    • If you choose to fully dress up your cat, think simple. Cats can become tangled in costumes with strings, ties, belts, and sashes.
    • Avoid costumes that restrict movement, vision, or breathing.
    • Take off anything that dangles or hangs so your cat doesn’t swallow it.
    • Keep a close eye on your costumed kitty at all times.
  • Keep your outdoor cat inside several days before and after Halloween. While black cats are commonly associated with Halloween, it is best to keep all cats away from risk of pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. Your cat depends on you for protection, so keep him safe in your home during Halloween festivities.
  • Make sure fall plants such as pumpkins and corn are out of reach. Although they are relatively nontoxic, these types of plants can cause an upset tummy if your cat ingests them in large quantities. Intestinal blockage can even occur if big pieces are swallowed.


Top 10 Holiday Dangers:

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  1. Dangerous Wrapping – Your cat might enjoy playing with the wrapping paper, but keep him away from the bows and ribbons. If your cat eats the ribbons, they can become tangled in his intestines which will require surgery. If left untreated, your cat could die.
  2. Hanging Ornaments – Keep ornaments out of your cat’s reach so he isn’t tempted to swat at them. Ornaments should not be nibbled on or ingested by your cat because the materials are not edible.
  3. Poisonous Plants – Mistletoe, amaryllis lilies, and paper whites are poisonous cats. Poinsettias, while not poisonous, will give your cat an upset stomach. If you choose to have any of these plants in your home, ensure they are kept out of your cat’s reach.
  4. Candles – Be very cautious of the location where you place a lit candle. Make sure it cannot be accidentally knocked over by your cat causing harm to him and your home.
  5. Holiday Foods – Don’t risk upsetting your cat’s stomach or greater harm by “treating” him to your favorite holiday food. Instead let him indulge with a cat treat approved by your veterinarian.
  6. Stress – Having guests in your home can be stressful for your cat, especially if it is disrupting his regular routine. Try keeping your cat away from the noise and traffic when  guests are over by keeping him in a separate room. Make sure he has all that he needs: litter box, food, water, sleeping place, and toys to play with in this retreat area.
  7. Tinsel & Ribbon – If your cat ingests tinsel, string, or ribbons, it is life-threatening. Many times if your cat swallows a linear foreign body (non-food object), it does not pass through in the feces and your cat will need surgery to remove the item. So, consider skipping the tinsel and ribbon in order to keep your cat safe.
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    Cats as Gifts – Only give a cat as a gift if the recipient wants and is prepared to take care of this new cat. It would be heartbreaking and harmful if this poor cat was surrendered to a shelter because he was unwanted or the recipient was unprepared.

  9. Christmas Tree Water – The water that keeps your tree moist during the holidays is not safe for your cat to drink. Often trees have chemicals on them and drinking this water can make your cat sick. Make sure you restrict your cat’s access to the Christmas tree water to prevent any accidents.
  10. Travel Dangers – If you travel with your cat, make sure you have an appropriate carrier that is safely secured in your car and proper identification in case you get unintentionally separated.