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Safety Tips For Wintertime...

Kitty baby, it's cold outside! Yes, it's that time of year when we seek the comfort of the indoors and look forward to all the holiday activities. Welcoming guests, new pets, and all the craziness of this wonderful season brings with it some caution for keeping you, your family and kitty safe to enjoy the briskness of wintertime.
 
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY — you, as pet parents, want to include your furry family with your holiday celebrating. If you use some common sense, you can make this a happy time for all of you.
 
Christmas Tree: securely anchor your tree so it can't be knocked over, if kitty decides to climb it (!), and know that stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria, which if ingested could complicate things with your pet ending up with nausea or diarrhea.
 

Tinsel: we're sure you know that kitties love this sparkly, light-catching "toy" that's easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. However even a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. So consider brightening your boughs with something other than tinsel.

Holiday Feast: make sure to keep your kitty away from the holiday table and unattended plates. Tummy upsets do not make the holiday fun. Also keep watch on lit candles, dangerous attraction!

Toy Presents:  long and stringy things are a kitty's dream, but the most risky toys for cats involve ribbon, yarn and loose little parts that can get stuck in the intestines, often requiring surgery. Surprise kitty with a new ball that's too big to swallow, a stuffed catnip toy or the interactive cat dancer—and tons of play sessions together.
ELECTRICAL ORNAMENTS + LIGHTS — Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws' reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet's mouth. So place things where kitty can't get into trouble!

PARTY SMARTS:  when you have guests over, it might be a good idea to give your kitty quiet space in another room to retreat to, with fresh water and a place to snuggle.

NEW YEARS EVE:  while you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat's intestines, if ingested, perhaps requiring surgery. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible damage to sensitive ears. Fireworks can cause a cat to possibly run out of the house when guests open a door. For help in finding your kitty, you might want to check out Missing Pet Partnership. Make it a great beginning to a new year with your kitty and other pets to keep them safe and show them they are well loved. Happy New Year!

DISASTER PLAN — do you have a disaster emergency plan? Whether it is flooding, earthquake, or other disasters: Always be prepared! Some of the best information can be found at the ASPCA website on creating a disaster plan for your pets: CLICK HERE
 
EMERGENCYASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.