Tinsel, a hazardous holiday decoration

Tinsel is often a very attractive toy for cats. After all, its shiny, it dangles, and its something new in their environment. Few cats can pass it up. Cats and tinsel can be an expensive combination, and it can prove fatal too.

Cats just playing with tinsel isn’t the problem. It’s when they eat it or get it wrapped around their tongue that their nightmare (and yours) will begin.

If you have cats, it’s safest not to use any tinsel in your holiday decorating. While it’s true that they may not play with or eat it, there really is no guarantee and it only needs to happen once.


Given that the complications and costs associated with medical care and surgical removal of linear foreign bodies often run in the $2,000-4,000 range.

If your cat is vomiting, lethargic, or not eating bring them for veterinary evaluation sooner rather than later.

Delay in cases of linear foreign body obstruction will lead to a greater degree of dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, and damage to the intestines.

If you see tinsel protruding from your pet’s rectum DO NOT pull on it!