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Hazards to our feline friends at Christmas time

09 December 2015
Hazards to our feline friends at Christmas time

Hazards to our feline friends at Christmas time


Christmas is a very exciting, joyful time for us but it can come across a bit unusual to our cats. Their normal safe home environment is filled with trees, flowers and various decorations as well as odd noises from things such as crackers and fireworks. Both your cats and your own routines may change, as well as there being strange visitors coming to the house.

The list below will describe specific things, which are hazardous to our cats.



  • Chocolate
  • Onions
  • Mince pies
  • Fruit cakes
  • Puddings
  • Blue cheese

These can all be toxic to cats, also watch out for bones in turkey as these can cause choking and damage to your cats digestive system.


Christmas trees and plants

  • Lilies
  • Holly
  • Mistletoe
  • Poinsettia

All the above plants are toxic to cats, so avoid or keep out of reach of your cat. Most species of tree are low in toxicity but if they are chewed it may cause vomiting/ diarrhoea. Christmas decorations and tinsel are also low toxicity but if chewed they can cause blockages in the intestines and Christmas lights could give your cat a nasty shock if they are chewed.



All batteries are toxic; if they are chewed and pierced it can cause chemical burns and heavy metal poisoning. If a battery is swallowed whole it is possible that it can cause obstruction within the body, so if you suspect that your cat has chewed or swallowed a battery contact your local vet.



Antifreeze is very sweet tasting and very palatable to cats, and makes ingestion of antifreeze incredibly dangerous. Even a small quantity of antifreeze can cause serious damage to the kidneys and could be fatal. Unfortunately the longer the delay between ingestion of the antifreeze and treatment could result in fatalities.


Taking precautions with your cat during the Christmas period can help ensure that you and your cat can enjoy a happy and healthy Christmas.