Valentine’s Day Hazards for Cats

Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly. Many of the trappings of this sweet romantic holiday are already popping up in stores. Like any other holiday, this can be a dangerous day for our feline friends. A Michigan City, IN vet lists some key hazards for kitties below.

Flowers

This is one of the bigger concerns for cats. Many of those pretty flowers you often find in bouquets are toxic to Fluffy! Lilies, for example, are extremely dangerous to kitties, and can even be fatal. You can find a full list of safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA website here. However, it’s best to just play it safe and keep your flowers in a spot where your frisky pet can’t get to them.

Candles

If you want to light candles to set the mood, put them in spots your furry pal can’t reach. It’s much too easy for Fluffy to accidentally stick her tail in a flame!

Foods

Cats are usually pretty good about not eating dangerous foods. However, some furballs will eat, well, anything. Kitties are also more prone to eating unsafe things if they are coaxed to, which happens sometimes with little kids. Chocolates and candies are both dangerous to Fluffy. Candy wrappers are also a big concern. Many of our feline pals seem to like the taste or texture of plastic, for some reason. Needless to say, this isn’t safe for them!

Decorations

We often find stuffed animals listed as potential hazards for dogs. Cards—particularly the ones that light up—are also a concern, as some of them may contain batteries which are definitely not safe for pets to ingest. While Fluffy isn’t as likely to get in trouble here as Fido, it’s still best to err on the side of caution. Get your furball a new toy to play with instead!

Kitty Romance

February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month! If Fluffy hasn’t been fixed yet, we recommend getting this done right away. This is one of the best things you can do to fight pet overpopulation. Your feline buddy will also be healthier, happier, and better behaved after the procedure. In other words, it’s up to you to put a damper on any romantic plans your kitty has made for herself!

Please call us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Michigan City, IN veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!

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