Easter is a fun time to decorate with beautiful spring floral arrangements and enjoy life’s little pleasures on Easter morning … like chocolate in the Easter basket! However if you’re kitten is as mischievous as the rescue kittens I foster: teething, tasting, playing and biting everything in sight, there are common Easter Dangers for cats you need to know about.
The first and most important danger that you should know is how lethal the Easter Lily plant is for cats. Please think twice before decorating with an Easter Lily plant… Easter Lilies, and all members of the Liliaceae family of plants are listed as one of the most toxic Easter dangers for cats. Between 50-90% of cats that ingest Easter Lilies die from poisoning. Just one leaf is all it takes to cause kidney damage to a cat. Symptoms of Lily poisoning include: loss of appetite, vomiting, lethargy, and ultimately kidney failure. If your cat ingested this plant, contact your local veterinarian asap. Please don’t give them as a gift to anyone with cats! Instead decorate and or send Easter Orchids, Easter Cactus, Daisies or Violets.
Secondly, the Easter Basket can contain items that can make your cat very sick such as chocolate and plastic grass. For this reason, please be sure to keep all chocolate self-contained and/or out of reach from your pets. Symptoms of Chocolate poisoning in your pet may include: hyperactivity, restlessness, muscle twitching, vomit and or diarrhea. Plastic Easter grass is non-digestible if eaten. I recommend to use paper grass. It is safe for them to eat, chew and play with.
Do something fun for your cat this Easter – Create a “Cat safe” Easter Basket for your cat! A traditional natural wooden basket will do with paper straw inside- kittens love to play hide and seek inside them. Though, your basket doesn’t necessarily have to be a basket. You could even use a new cat bed or cat food bowl as the basket. Fill it up with cat friendly toys such as catnip toys, catnip bubbles, plastic easter eggs filled with temptations, tunnels, mice toys, a laser, feather teasers, a cat grooming brush, and a new cat collar.