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Here are 3 tips that may help you, your family and your cat all have a happy and safe celebration this Easter.
When the Easter Bunny pays your household a visit this year – be aware of the hazards this brings!
Cats often chew or eat Easter grass that can be found inside Easter baskets or decorations. If ingested this may cause complications and obstructions which can require surgery. Grass is not the only thing found in Easter baskets – stuffed toys for kids are also common place. Ensure your cat doesn’t claim these as their own!
What else can be hidden in those baskets? Chocolate! It is well known that Chocolate is toxic to dogs, but did you know it is also toxic to cats – in some cases even fatal!
TIP: Keep all the treats from the Easter Bunny out of sight from your furry friend. Why not keep your cat occupied with a pet friendly puzzle toy.
Lilies are in season over the Easter break and cats have a tendency to chew on them. Although they are very pretty, these flowers are toxic to cats and can cause vomiting and lethargy. If your cat jumps on every surface in the house, then you’ll need to find a safe spot for these flowers or avoid having them in the house altogether!
TIP: Keep in mind that you might not see your cat ingest the lily. If you think there is even a slight chance that your cat has got to the lilies, seek the advice of a vet and tell them of your suspicions.
Symptoms that your cat has ingested the plant include:
If your cat is displaying any of these symptoms then take them to your local vet immediately. Find your nearest Vetsure Vet.
Safe (non-toxic) houseplants for pets include:
As well as chocolate – onions, garlic, macadamia nuts, grapes, and raisins are common toxic foods that pets ingest. When you are tucking into your Easter meals this year, resist feeding your cat scraps. Cats can develop weight problems just like people do, so their little tummies will thank you for it.
TIP: If you can’t resist giving your pet a little Easter treat, why not give your cat a pamper and give them a groom with a brush or comb. This will help keep your pet’s hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading natural oils throughout their coat, preventing tangles and keeping their skin clean and irritant-free. A great alternative way to treat your cat.
Just be wary of the above hazards and as a final tip; keep your vets number to hand, so should your cat display signs of illness this Easter you’ll know who to call!
Cats aren’t always cheap to look after, especially if something goes wrong, which is why insurance has now become a necessity for most owners. You can find out more about the benefits of our Cat Insurance policies or get a quote online alternatively please feel free to give us a call on 0800 050 2022 – we’d be happy to help wherever possible.