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    The 12 Days of Christmas: Pet Hazards Series (Day 1 - Tinsel)


    DAY 1: Tinsel

    Cats and tinsel can be an expensive combination, and it can prove fatal, too!

    Tinsel is often a very attractive toy for cats. After all, its shiny, it dangles, and it’s something new in their environment. Few cats can pass it up – and even fewer can "pass it out."

    When cats play with tinsel, they often end up swallowing some or getting some wrapped around their tongue, and this is when their nightmare (and yours) will begin. Fortunately, with awareness and some simple preventive steps, this is a common pet emergency that you can easily avoid. Read on to learn how...

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Safety, Christmas pet hazards, To pull or not to pull, Linear Foreign Body, Tinsel, Dangerous Cat Toys, Pet Hazard, Cat Toys

    The 12 Days of Christmas: Pet Hazards Series (Day 9 - Ribbons & Bows)


    DAY 9: Ribbons & Bows

    You’d be forgiven for thinking that curly ribbon and gift bows are good toys for your cats – after all, pictures and videos of playful cats rolling around with such objects can be found everywhere online, on television, and in print ads. But we in the veterinary profession also want pet owners to be aware that another place we commonly see kittens and cats playing with Christmas ribbons – or at least the debilitating and expensive results of such activities – is in the veterinary clinics and Animal ERs all across the country.

    This article will tell you what you need to know to recognize, react, and prevent this common holiday pet hazard. So dig in, read on, and don’t forget to share this information with your friends and family.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Dog Safety, Dog Health, Cat Safety, pet safety tips, pet safety, holiday pet safety tips, Vomiting, Christmas pet hazards, Pet safety and houseguests, Linear Foreign Body, Cats and string, Diarrhea, Hiding, Septic peritonitis

    Cats and String - To Pull or Not To Pull?


    Something stuck in your cat's butt? 
    Whether it's string, yarn, dental floss, the trussing from your holiday turkey or tinsel from a Christmas tree, anything that's protruding from your cat's butt is of concern.

    "To pull or not to pull?" – that is the question


    If an accident happens and your cat does ingest something, “to pull or not to pull?” is the question that so many people ask. This is, of course, in reference to what action you should take should you notice something sticking out of your cat’s butt.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, cat health problem, Cat Stress, cat health issues, String, Blog, Cat Tips, Digestive obstruction, Is my cat in pain, To pull or not to pull, Linear Foreign Body, Cats and string, Something is stuck in my cat's butt

    Linear Foreign Bodies: Cats & strings, a dangerous combination!


    Does your cat like to play with strings? Do they like to eat rubber bands? Do you sew, or tend to leave dental floss out in the bathroom?

    If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above your cat is at risk of developing a particularly nasty form of digestive obstruction known as a "linear foreign body."

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    Topics: Cat Safety, Cats, String, Cat Emergency, Blog, Linear Foreign Body

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    Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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