Easter With Kitties

Easter is just a few days away! Even though the change of seasons isn’t as pronounced here as it is for our neighbors up north, it’s always nice to celebrate the spring holiday. Of course, your feline friend will be underfoot—as always—during your festivities. A local Smyrna, GA veterinarian offers some advice on keeping her safe in this article.


Kitties are very playful, which is one of the best things about them. However, it’s very easy for a frisky feline to get tangled up in things like ribbons or garlands. That fake plastic grass that comes in many basket arrangements is also unsafe: it can choke your furry buddy, or cause internal injuries if swallowed. Those colorful plastic film wrappers are dangerous as well. For some reason, many cats just can’t resist the taste or texture of plastic.


April may not be the hottest month, but it’s not unusual to have some scorchers at this time of year. Make sure that your feline pal always has fresh water and shade available to her. It’s also a good idea to brush Fluffy at least once a week. This will help her get the dead fur out of her coat, which will help keep her cooler.


Toxic plants are always a concern with cats. Many popular flowers are poisonous to Fluffy! Tulips, daffodils, bluebells, and lilies are all dangerous to your feline friend. Baby’s breath, oleander, chrysanthemums, begonias, carnations, and gladiolas are also unsafe. Keep that pretty flower arrangement in a spot your furball can’t get to. Check the ASPCA site here for more information.


For the most part, eating unsafe foods is more of a concern with dogs than cats. However, there are some kitties out there who will eat just about anything. Fluffy may also eat something if coaxed to. This sometimes happens with young children, who may want to share their goodies with their feline pals, not knowing what is and isn’t safe for them. Some dangerous foods include chocolate, candies, garlic and onions, avocados, meat on the bone, grapes and raisins, alcohol, caffeine, and anything that contains xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Happy Easter from all of us here at Smyrna Animal Hospital! Please contact us with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. As your local Smyrna, GA veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!

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