Christmas Food Safe and Toxic to Cats

Christmas food safe for cats

For many, part of the enjoyment of Christmas is time spent with family and friends over Christmas lunch or dinner. As pet owners, we want to include our cats in the festivities, but not all food is safe for cats to eat. We take a look at common Christmas foods which are safe or dangerous for cats.

When it comes to food, moderation is the key. Treats should make up no more than 10% of a cat’s diet as they are not complete and balanced and many contain empty calories.

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Happy Holiday Season With Cats

In the next few weeks, we will be at the start of the festive season, and while we may love it or hate it, it can be a stressful and dangerous time for cats.

Most of us are busy with shopping, visiting relatives, Christmas parties or entertaining at home. Add to that Christmas time can be stressful, the cat ends up not getting as much attention as he or she would like.

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Is Mistletoe Toxic to Cats?

  • Name: American or European Mistletoe
  • Scientific names: Phoradendron flavescens, Phoradendron serotinum and Viscum album
  • Toxicity: Toxic to cats
  • Toxic compounds: Toxalbumin, pharatoxin viscumin (Lectins, Phoratoxins), alkaloid tyramine
  • Severity: Mild to moderate
  • Toxic parts: Berries are the most dangerous but all parts are toxic

Mistletoe is a group of hemiparasitic plants that live on trees with a worldwide distribution. It is popular at Christmas due to its association with kissing under the mistletoe.

Cat owners need to be aware of the dangers of bringing flowers and plants into homes with cats and the possible dangers.

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Are Christmas Trees Toxic To Cats

Nothing smells like Christmas more than a real Christmas tree. But are Christmas trees toxic to cats and what, if any, risks do they pose to our feline family?

Fir, spruce, and pine are the most common type of Christmas trees, these three types consist of several different species.

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