Damage to kitty paws are a problem only for cats that go outside during the winter cold and ice. When there is ice and snow, you can expect various melting products to be on the ground. Ice melt products are typically made of salt. When your cat walks through the ice and snow, particles of salt, sand, or even ice crystals can become lodged in the webbing of her paws. Your cat may even ingest the salts by licking her paws, which can cause illness.
Christmas, New Year’s, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa — and all the celebrations they entail pose safety problems for pets. Aside from the overexcitement and confusion caused by too many guests, there are purely physical problems: A cat can singe a tail on a candle or can swallow tinsel and wind up with an intestinal blockage that may need surgery to repair.
In addition to preparing your cat for the holidays, providing a safe environment for her is also important. Some products that are used in the cold, icy wintertime have the potential to cause injury or illness to our pets. Click here to see the indoor and outdoor threats you need to be aware of.
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