MAKE IT MERRY FOR YOUR KITTY, TOO!
During this busy time, remember to spend quality time with your cats. Don’t forget to provide the cuddles and playtime they’re used to!
Resist the temptation to give your kitty food from your table. These human goodies will likely cause stomach upset, vomiting, and diarrhea that will likely end up on your carpet! No one needs unexpected visits to the vet for the holidays!!
Beware that tinsel, pine needles (vacuum them up often), and ornament hooks are particularly dangerous if swallowed and can cause cuts in the stomach and intestines.
You may have a cat or new kitten that will try to climb up your tree, so be very sure your tree holder’s base is sturdy. Some owners even secure their trees to the wall with wire because their mischievous cats can’t resist the climb!
There are a number of things associated with the holidays that you may not know are POISONOUS to your cat and they are:
Anything that comes from a bulb, e.g. onions, garlic, all lilies, tulips, amaryllis, etc.
Water in your Xmas tree reservoir
Pot pourri oil
Make sure kitty has no access to lighted candles that could be knocked over or burn a tail.
Ribbons, string, breakable ornaments, and light cords can all cause harm to kitty if chewed on. Make a point of cleaning up wrapping/ribbons immediately after opening gifts, so kitty doesn’t swallow anything she shouldn’t.
During holiday parties, why not create a safe haven for kitty in a room away from the festivities? Most cats will appreciate this. Use a quiet space set up with your cat’s favorite things, litter box and food, and a radio playing softly.
The repeated opening of the door to admit guests can be dangerous to indoor-only cats. If your cat isn’t in his/her safe room, make sure you know where she is before opening the door!
Have a great holiday, everyone!
Laura Speirs, Feline Behavior Consultant