Twelve days of Christmas – how not to treat your cat during the festive season

 
We Brits adore our moggies. They are beloved family members, especially at Christmas. Yet, we’re often oblivious to the health hazards that surround them during the festive season. So, we’ve created this merry little ditty as a reminder to be mindful of cats at this special time of year. 
1. On the first day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… a brand new Christmas tree!

(Not only do Christmas trees smell of the great outdoors, they make purr-fect scratch posts and climbing frames. Be sure to secure your tree to the wall to avoid accidents.)
 

2. On the second day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… 2 party crackers!

(If you’re socialising and your cat has a nervous disposition, create a safe haven in a spare room far from flying Champagne corks, party poppers and tipsy relations.)
 

3. On the third day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… 3 chestnuts rolling!

(High in fats these nutty gems can potentially cause nasty stomach upsets in our cats.)
 

4. On the fourth day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… a fur ball of tinsel!

(Cats often swallow tinsel, resulting in a difficult to pass fur ball and a trip to your local surgery to have it removed.)
 

5. On the fifth day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… Obesity!

(In our 2019 survey, 50% of the 12 most common pet insurance claims were attributed to obesity due to inappropriate eating habits, such as scavenging for leftovers or being hand-fed a variety of unsuitable titbits.)
 

6. On the sixth day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… six jugs of gravy!

(Gravy is delicious for humans yet far too salty for cats, can contain onions, which can cause various issues and be fatal in extreme cases. Lapping up leftovers is not advisable.)
 

7. On the seventh day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… sweet cranberry sauce!

(Cranberry sauce and other sugary foods can cause diarrhoea, and some brands do use grape derivatives too, which is toxic, so best to avoid.)
 

8. On the eighth day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… 8 plates of stuffing!

(Stuffing often contains garlic, onions and sometimes nuts, all of which are potentially fatal to cats.)
 

9. On the ninth day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… 9 chocolate raisins!

(Chocolates and raisins, or any grape derivative such as sultanas, should be avoided. They can be the cause of kidney failure, neurological problems and seizures. Buy catty treats from the supermarket instead.)
 

10. On the tenth day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… half a tub of ice cream!

(Cats may also be lactose intolerant, so after the party’s over, put dairy products back in the fridge.)
 

11. On the eleventh day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… gastroenteritis!

(This is a common complaint in cats involving diarrhoea and vomiting, a painful abdomen followed by dehydration.)


12. On the twelfth day of Christmas, my owner gave to me… a trip to the vet’s surgery! 

(Be mindful of your pet at Christmas as any trip to the vets is inconvenient and costly for you, as well as being painful and upsetting for your cat.) 

 

Make sure you’re covered against a catastrophic Christmas with cat insurance from MORE THAN. Our customers also have access to our 24/7 vetfone service. In the event of an issue with your cat anytime, day or night, vetfone allows you to speak to a professional to get the best care for your pet. For more advice on what not to feed your cat, check out our guide to good pet diets.


May we wish you and all your furry friends a Merry Christmas from all the team at MORE THAN.
 

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