String, Ribbon, and Tinsel
By Dr. Jill Kirk, Cat Depot Veterinarian
When this is written it's that time of the year - time to bring out the Christmas trees! Or, as cats see them, the huge kitty playgrounds.
There are some important safety precautions to take when decorating for the holidays. Tinsel is pretty, but can be deadly to kitties.
The same can be said for many different kinds of ribbon, especially the kind with wire in it. Cats can eat this, and it may cause what's called a linear foreign body. When this happens, the intestines become all bunched up and look like ribbon candy. Food cannot pass, and the first sign is often vomiting. This condition often requires emergency surgery, and is often deadly.
Say no to tinsel and wait to put ribbons on gifts that kitties may be around.