Poinsettias are the most popular Christmas plant but can they poison cats?

Poinsettias are mildly poisonous to domestic cats

Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are a popular ornamental plant that is often used as a Christmas decoration. Despite their popularity, it is important to be aware that poinsettias can cause irritation and other symptoms if ingested. The plant contains a milky latex that contains irritant chemicals, including diterpenoid euphorbol esters and steroids, which can cause …

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2 ways to stop your cat climbing your Christmas tree. One is better than the other.

Frightening your cat with the Christmas tree so that she avoids it when it is erected

I recently wrote about stopping your cat climbing the Christmas tree by putting tinfoil around it. When your cat walks on the foil, they dislike the experience so they back off. As they don’t see that you are part of an unpleasant experience, they don’t associate you with it. And therefore, it is an …

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Domestic cats are scared of tinfoil because it sounds like a viper

Protecting the Christmas tree with tin foil

Far-fetched? That’s what you might think of the statement in the title. However, I feel quite confident that it is true. Sound of tinfoil When handled, or when walked upon by a cat, tinfoil makes a rattling sound of sorts, akin to the sound of the rattle from one of the 200 species of …

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Was there a tabby cat in the stables near Jesus in a manger?

Proof that a cat was in the stables with Mary and Jesus!

As Christmas is drawing near, I thought I’d look into the evidence as to whether a tabby cat genuinely was in a barn or stables where Mary took Jesus and placed him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn (a guestroom). One point to clarify is that the …

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