Making Easter Safe For Cats

March 6, 2024

Taking An In-Depth Look Into Easter Hazards For Cats And How To Keep Your Cats Safe From Them

The Easter holiday is nearly here! While Easter is known for bringing families together, it also brings several things that are hazardous to cats. This includes things like candy, chocolate, Easter dinner table scraps, and more! This article will take an in-depth look into Easter hazards for cats and how to protect your cats from them.

Easter Chocolate

One of the most iconic Easter traditions is gifting others with Easter chocolate. This often comes in the form of chocolate bunnies or chocolate eggs. While chocolate is delicious to people, it is very toxic to cats. This is because chocolate contains both caffeine and a chemical called theobromine. According to VCA Hospitals, both of these can’t properly be metabolized by cats. If consumed in large amounts, it can be fatal to cats.

Furthermore, we recommend keeping all Easter chocolate out of your cats’ reach. This includes keeping it on a high shelf or storing it in a locked cabinet. Additionally, always supervise children when they are handling Easter chocolate. They could accidentally leave some lying around for your cat to have access to. 

Easter chocolate
Easter chocolate

Easter Candy 

Another common tradition during Easter is the gifting of Easter candy. While this is usually geared towards kids, adults often partake as well. However, candy is very unhealthy for cats. This is because most candies contain artificial sugar and a chemical compound called xylitol. Both of these ingredients can’t be properly metabolized by cats. 

Additionally, candy can have bad side effects on your cats such as vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, lack of appetite, and lethargy. Therefore, always keep Easter candy out of your cats’ reach. Keep all Easter candies on a high shelf or locked away in a cabinet. Also, supervise children when they are handling candy so they don’t accidentally give your cats candy or leave it lying around for your cats’ to accidentally eat. 

Should your cat consume chocolate or candy, contact your veterinarian immediately. Also, you can contact the Pet Poison Helpline for further assistance. Their phone number is 855-764-7661. An $85 incident fee applies.

Chocolate & Candy Wrappings

It’s not just the candy and chocolate you have to worry about, but the material it’s wrapped in as well. When cats get into Easter candy and chocolate, they usually don’t bother to separate the wrappings. Instead, they eat it all together. This can be very problematic and dangerous for your cats. 

Typically speaking, most candy wrappings are made out of plastic, aluminum, or cellophane. All of which can’t be properly digested by cats. In many cases, these wrappings can get stuck along a cats’ digestive tracts and potentially obstruct their digestive system. This can be life-threatening if not treated shortly after consumption. 

Even after the candy and chocolate has been eaten, be mindful about the wrappings. Always throw them away immediately and don’t leave any lying around for your cats to eat or play with. 

easter candy wrapings

Easter Family Dinner

Many families make it a point to have an Easter family dinner on or around Easter. While this Easter tradition brings together friends and family, it also poses some health risks to your cats. Some cats are exceptionally good at begging for food. As a result, they often will be given table scraps. Table scraps are not healthy for cats.

Most foods that we eat contain spices and/or artificial ingredients that cats can’t properly digest. This can lead to symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. If you’re hosting Easter family dinner or bringing your cats to an Easter family dinner, make it clear to everyone there that your cat is not to be given table scraps. No matter how cute they are, it’s in their best interest to not be given any table scraps.

Easter Decorations

Lastly, it wouldn’t be a holiday without some festive holiday decorations. Like most other holidays, Easter decorations pose a big risk to cats. Whether it’s lights, plants, plastic eggs, or the fake grass in Easter baskets, keep them out of your cats’ reach. Most Easter decorations are pretty and colorful which may attract your cats’ interest.

Keep all Easter decorations on high shelves or hung high enough on the walls where your cats can’t reach them. Also, consider utilizing more outdoor decorations instead. This will make them less accessible to your cats and reduce the chances of them breaking, chewing, or eating them.

Easter decorations
Easter decorations

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