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4 Easter Dangers for Cats

Easter baskets brimming with festive goodies and guests stopping by with flowers are fun for humans, not for felines. Know the Easter dangers for cats.

Jackie Brown  |  Apr 18th 2019


Easter is a time for cute bunnies, chocolate treats, festive baskets and pretty flowers. But a few Easter staples are toxic to cats. Check out this list of Easter dangers for cats so you can keep your kitty safe as you celebrate!

1. Easter lilies:

A cat with an Easter basket.

Easter lilies are among the Easter dangers to cats — keep them out of the house! Photography by Susan Schmitz / Shutterstock.

All lilies are toxic to cats. Keep these out of your house.

2. Plastic Easter grass:

An orange cat sleeping in an Easter basket.

Careful — Easter grass is harmful if your cat swallows it. Photography by vvvita / Shutterstock.

Cats love to play with decorative grass. If swallowed, it wreaks havoc on the digestive tract, where it can become trapped, requiring surgical removal. Paper grass is safer.

3. Cat escapes:

A cat coming out of a cracked eggshell.

Securing your cat in a back room with plenty of toys, food and water will ensure your cat doesn’t escape from your house. Photography ©MirasWonderland | Thinkstock.

Put your cats away in a back room when guests come over so your cat doesn’t escape or guests don’t accidentally let your cats out.

4. Chocolate:

A cat with Easter chocolate.

All those Easter chocolates are toxic to cats. Photography by Linn Currie / Shutterstock.

Cats are less likely to sneak sweets than dogs, but chocolate is just as toxic to cats.

Read more about Easter dangers for cats on Catster.com: Top 6 Easter Dangers

Thumbnail: Photography by Linn Currie / Shutterstock.

This piece was originally published in 2018.

About the author

Pet expert Jackie Brown has spent 20 years following her passion for animals as a writer and editor in the pet publishing industry. She is contributing writer for National Geographic’s Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness: The Veterinarian’s Approach to At-Home Animal Care (April 2019) and author of the book It’s Raining Cats and Dogs: Making Sense of Animal Phrases (Lumina Press, 2006). Jackie is a regular contributor to pet and veterinary industry media and is the former editor of numerous pet magazines, including Dog WorldNatural DogPuppies 101Kittens 101 and the Popular Cats Series. Prior to starting her career in publishing, Jackie spent eight years working in veterinary hospitals where she assisted veterinarians as they treated dogs, cats, rabbits, pocket pets, reptiles, birds and one memorable lion cub. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons and miniature poodle Jäger. Reach her at jackiebrownwriter.wordpress.com.

Editor’s note: This article appeared in Catster magazine. Have you seen the new Catster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting room of your vet’s office? Subscribe now to get Catster magazine delivered straight to you

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