Keep Cats Safe on Thanksgiving

Avoid an unplanned trip to the veterinarian over the holiday weekend by taking a few precautionary measures.

Posted: November 21 2007 2 a.m. EDT

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Keep Cats Safe on Thanksgiving
Implementing a few precautionary measures will help keep cats safe during the Thanksgiving holiday.
As many celebrate a long holiday weekend with turkeys roasting and friends and family visiting, holiday dangers lurk for cats. To ensure a safe and happy Thanksgiving for all, cat owners should take a few extra precautions on behalf of their cats.

Avoid Feeding Cats Table Scraps — Sudden diet changes can cause an upset stomach, and feeding cats greasy foods and sweets can overwhelm their digestive systems, causing vomiting and diarrhea. Cooked turkey bones can splinter and if ingested, can cause serious injury to a cat’s intestinal tract.

While baking holiday breads, keep the dough away from cats. When dough is ingested, a cat’s body heat causes the dough to rise and expand, which can result in abdominal pain, bloat, vomiting, disorientation and depression, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

In addition to health risks, extra treats can add unhealthy pounds to a cat’s frame. Keep cats’ nutritional goals in mind to avoid holiday weight gain.

Inform Guests of Cat’s House Rules — Let visitors know the house rules for feeding cats table scraps, treats and allowing cats to jump on furniture in an effort to keep cats safe and on-track with their normal routines.

Take Extra Precautions with Candles — Cats who bump into furniture or swiftly run past a candle may knock it over and start a house fire. Keep candles in a location where cats cannot get near them.

Close Oven Doors Quickly — A cat looking for a warm place to hide may try and seek refuge in an oven.

Secure Trash Bins — Cats may try to get into the trash and dig for holiday leftovers. Keep trash lids tightly closed and in locations where they can’t be tipped over.

Keep Tabs on Cats’ Whereabouts — With holiday visitors coming and going, cats have ample opportunity to escape through the front door. In the event cats do get out, make sure all their identification tags and vaccinations are up-to-date.

By implementing a few precautionary measures, Thanksgiving feasts and festivities can continue while emergency veterinary clinic visits are kept at bay.

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Michalle    Portland, OR

11/26/2012 2:40:33 PM

Good article. These are great reminder tips foreveryone with fur babies.

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

11/26/2012 5:20:35 AM

Good article. My kitties enjoyed turkey as a treat!!!

Jack    Sacramento, CA

11/25/2012 7:59:25 PM

great article

s    Lake City, FL

11/25/2012 7:52:43 PM

I'm thankful for articles with important info like this- and also for the fact that other than the dumpster diving, we actually have all of these things under control already. Happy Holidays and thanks for giving tips!

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