Have you recently adopted a kitten? Congratulations! You’re certainly in for some adorable moments in the next few weeks as your feline pal enjoys her first holiday season. Here, a Coon Rapids, MN vet offers some tips on Fluffy’s first holiday season.
While you definitely want to get some adorable photos of little Fluffy beneath the tree, you don’t want to make the tree too irresistible for her. Put the majority of your decorations on the top part of the tree. Decorate the lower branches sparsely, with just a few unbreakable ornaments. You may also want to secure the top of the tree to the wall or ceiling, using fishing line.
It’s fine to give your furball a special treat. Just be very careful what you offer her: many popular seasonal foods are toxic to kitties. Plain, cooked boneless meat, fish, or chicken is a good option. A can of tuna is also fine. Ask your vet for more information on safe or unsafe foods.
Ornament hooks, ribbons, tinsel, real or artificial pine needles, garlands, lights, and fragile decorations all pose serious risks to frisky pets. Candles and fireplaces are also a concern: pets and flames do not mix! Toxic plants are another issue: many popular holiday plants, such as poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe, are poisonous to pets. Do some basic petproofing, and keep potentially dangerous items out of reach of those tiny paws.
Make little Fluffy’s first holiday season extra special by getting her some great gifts. Toys, treats, comfy beds, and cat furniture are all purrfect gift options for your cute pet!
Socialization is very important! If Fluffy is exposed to lots of new, friendly faces as a kitten, she’ll be more likely to grow into a calm, friendly adult cat. If you’re having a fairly small holiday party, let your guests pet and play with your feline pal, and offer her toys and treats. Just keep a close eye on your kitten: if she starts looking nervous, put her in a quiet back room with food, toys, a litterbox, and comfy bedding. We also recommend doing this if you’re having a bigger party, to ensure that no one accidentally steps or sits on your furry buddy.
Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your Coon Rapids, MN pet hospital, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!