Ahh … the smell of fresh pine needles, the twinkling of lights and the smell of freshly baked cookies. While transforming your home into a festive wonderland full of new decorations, winter plants, and sweet treats, Cat Care of Vinings is here with a few reminders to keep the holidays safer for the cat members of your household.
Cats and vacation stress
It’s easy to lose track of time when the vacation rush hits, but when your cat’s routine changes it can become stressful and anxious. To the best of your ability, keep your cat on her regular schedule and ensure that she has enough room to fill her time while you fill the stockings.
Make sure your Christmas tree is securely anchored. A large tree falling on a small kitten can cause serious injury. In addition, pets should never drink tree water; It could contain fertilizer residue or bacteria that could upset your kitten’s tummy.
Snogging under artificial mistletoe is perfectly acceptable. So, opt for the silk or plastic versions of your favorite foliage to keep your curious cat safe. The following common seasonal plants aren’t as festive to our pets:
- Pine needles
- Christmas rose
Lit candles should be kept high and out of the reach of pets, or simply use “flameless” candles for a festive glow. When choosing tree decorations, pay attention to the tinsel and hang fragile ornaments out of the reach of the paw. And while avoiding the presence of wires and extension cords can be difficult, do your best to hide or hide them from your pets.
Cats are notorious ligament chewers, and when ingested, ribbons and strings can cause intestinal blockages that require emergency surgery.
Make sure no one lets your cat samples slip under the table while you indulge all of your vacation favorites. Many of our favorite vacation foods can cause serious problems for our cats, including the following:
- Raw dough
- Food with the artificial sweetener xylitol
- Fatty or spicy food
- Nuts, grapes and raisins
- Dairy products
- Onions and garlic
Cat-friendly family gatherings
Unless you have a cat who is quite a social butterfly, she could enjoy your Christmas parties more if she had a quiet room to call her own, complete with a place to sleep, food, water, and a litter box .
At Cat Care of Vinings, we pride ourselves on focusing on cats’ unique needs year round. Please contact us at (404) 792-0700, or request an appointment from any device.