How come all these holidays are so dangerous for kitties and other animals? There’s tinsel at Christmas, which is dangerous if eaten; scary, noisy fireworks for Independence Day, and now we have Easter which sounds like a total accident waiting to happen! Let’s look at some of the dangers:
- There’s the plastic Easter grass which, like tinsel, can get tangled up in feline intestines, resulting in an unwelcome trip to the emergency vet clinic. We only use paper Easter grass here.
- There’s lots of candy and chocolate — fortunately cats usually aren’t interested in sweets, but if you have a dog, she might eat it and get sick.
- The abundance of toxic lilies, which can kill a cat with just one bite or a lick of pollen! Please do not let these in or around your house if you live with kitties. If a cat eats the tiniest bit of any part of a lily or gets pollen on her, she needs to go to the emergency clinic immediately… and even then she may not make it. If you want a festive spring flower for Easter, here are some quick suggestions.
- The selling of bunnies as pets, which endangers so many buns because humans usually don’t realize what high maintenance pets they are! Even worse is that some humans set pet bunnies loose outside when they get bored of them, and domestic bunnies are totally unsuited for a life in the wild. Bunnies make awesome pets if you are willing to put in the effort and research — but do that weeks, maybe a few months in advance if you are considering adopting a bunny (and there are rescue organizations that have bunnies, so keep that in mind).
Instead of bringing home a live bunny for Easter, why not bring home a cute toy bunny instead? Or you can always put your cat in a bunny costume for a little while.
Binga does not agree with the costume part! But I say sacrificing her dignity for a few minutes is way better than bringing home a real bunny, which should have a lifetime commitment.
I hope you have a safe and fun Easter, and if your humans serve it, that you get some tastes of ham!