Your cat is just as important to you as the rest of your family, so it’s obvious you want them to enjoy the holiday festivities with you. However, it’s important to remember that cats need a little bit more supervision than your actual relatives. When keeping certain holiday traditions alive this year, keep these tips in mind to ensure you keep your feline friends alive too!
Candles & Fireplaces
Nothing says “Holidays” quite like seasonal candles and a crackling fire – and your cats agree! Unfortunately, they can’t always control their love for a warm fire and risk getting too close for their own safety. Singed whiskers, knocked over candles, and other curious cat adventures can lead to injury and even a loose fire in your home! Always keep candles where your cat cannot reach them and keep a shield/guard in between any open fire and your cat.
Dogs may have the reputation of begging but cats are no strangers to asking for human food. While it’s tempting to give your cats a little extra food during the holidays, be sure you are being conservative and not giving your cat toxic foods like onion, chocolate, and avocado. While your cat may be smart enough to avoid these foods on their own, they may be tempted to try foods with these ingredients and get sick later on. Slivers of lean meat and certain vegetables are safe snacks, but be sure to avoid fatty foods, dairy products, and sugary treats.
Your cat may be ok with the occasional visitor during the normal weeks, but nothing quite compares to the chaos of houseguests, holiday parties, and general noise of the holiday season. If your cat is showing signs of stress, closing them in a safe, comfortable room where they can hide from the chaos and noise is the best way to calm them down and reduce their stress.
If you’ll be away for the holidays, you may be tempted to bring your cat with you, but the stress (for both of you!) is usually not worth it. While boarding facilities are an option while you are away, cats typically prefer to stay in their own environment. Your best bet is to find a pet sitter (even better if it’s someone your cat knows) who can come to the house 1-2x a day to put out fresh food, scoop the litter, and give your cat the love that they deserve.
Whether you’re headed home for the holidays or hosting the fam at your place, it’s important to remember your furry friends. If you need help getting your pet ready for travel, finding a boarding facility, or just general wellness, be sure to visit the Cat Clinic at Cherry Hill. We’re more than happy to help with all of your cat questions!