The Holidays are almost here!

by Rita Reimers

The holidays are upon us again, and in all the excitement and rushing around we sometimes forget about our furry companions. Decorations, holiday preparations, and parties might be fun, but they can create dangers and stress for both you and your cat.

Please consider the following as you prepare for the festivities, so you and your cat and have a peaceful and happy holiday:

  • Holiday decorations with glue and glitter may attract your cat, but can cause harm if eaten. Hang those high on your tree or mantle, or better yet avoid them altogether.
  • If you put up a tree, your cat may decide to try to climb it. Also, watch those low hanging ornaments; noses and tails can knock them over and your cat may get hurt on the broken pieces.
  • Wrapping your packages with ribbons and string may be irresistible to kitty, and she decide to chew on them. These items can get twisted inside your cat’s intestines if swallowed, and that could prove fatal.
  • Poinsettia plants are among the most toxic of plants for cats and can be fatal if eaten. Skip them if you have a cat, or you may end up with a very sick kitty and a vet bill you didn’t count on.
  • Be careful using candles! Noses and tails could get burned if your cat decides to get too close!
  • If you have a party, it might be a good idea to put your cat in a separate room with a cozy bed, his favorite treats, and maybe some soothing music. Put a “do not enter” sign on the door. The sight of a house full of strangers can panic a cat, and all the opening and closing of your front door could also give your cat ample opportunity to escape into the night. I know one person who hires his cat sitter to stay with his kitty in another room whenever he gives a party.

Also, don’t forget to make time to give your cat playtime and lots of love. In the business of the season, it’s easy for your cat to get neglected. Do remember to give your kitty a gift! A special toy or treat will make your kitty feel like she is part of the celebration. 

The love she gives you all year long is worth these simple steps to ensure she remains a healthy and happy part of your family.





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