The holidays have officially arrived… and so have those adorable seasonal cat photos and videos. As it turns out, our feline buddies have some holiday traditions of their own. Keep your kitty in mind as you prepare for seasonal events! Read on for some great holiday cat care tips from a Coon Rapids, MN vet.
Find The Purrfect Gift
Don’t forget to pick up something for your feline friend! Toys, treats, bedding, scratching posts, kitty furniture, and catnip are all on Fluffy’s wish list.
Keep your frisky furball in mind as you are decorating. Ribbons, tinsel, electric lights, ornaments, and ornament hooks are all hazardous to playful pets. Many seasonal plants, such as poinsettias, lilies, holly, ivy, and yew, are toxic to cats. Then there’s the tree. We recommend decorating the bottom branches—the ones within paws’ reach—sparsely, and with only non-breakable ornaments. Use fishing line to secure the treetop to the wall if needed. You may also want to tire Fluffy out with fun play sessions, so she’s more interested in napping under the tree than trying to topple it.
Offer Fluffy a Special Treat
Food is a big part of many seasonal traditions. Fluffy can have some canned tuna, salmon, or chicken in water, as long as the bones, skin, and fat are removed. Shredded deli meat is also fine, as are cooked, plain fish, meat, or poultry. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe treats.
Create a Safe Space
Some kitties are very bold and friendly. Others? Not so much. If you have a scaredy-cat, and are hosting a dinner or event over the holidays, you may want to put Fluffy in a quiet back room. Offer her food, toys, treats, bedding, and a litterbox, and let her sleep through the festivities.
The holidays can get pretty hectic, so it’s important to take time to just relax. A good book or movie, a purring cat, and a cup of cocoa, tea, or coffee make for a perfect cozy winter night.
Bonus Purrs: Empty Boxes
Fluffy’s box obsession is one of her most adorable quirks. When everyone has finished opening their gifts, give her some of the empty boxes and gift bags.
Please feel free to contact us, your Coon Rapids, MN vet clinic, anytime We’re here to help!