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Did you know that cats are extremely susceptible to stress-related illnesses? As you’re planning for Thanksgiving and other holiday entertaining, you may want to think about your feline companions. Chances are that they are not nearly as social as you are. There are things you can do to have a stress free holiday for cats.
A house filled with unfamiliar people and noises is very stressful to your cat. Before guests arrive, I like to give Nixie and Milo some attention, and then make sure they know they have a safe place to retreat, whether it’s a kids’ bedroom or their catio we built this summer. If they choose to go behind closed doors (along with a cat box filled with Odor sealing litter) and a note asking guest to keep doors closed. At the very least, give them a hiding place where they can watch but still feel safe. Milo loves this basket behind the tree.
Our houseguests haven’t gone beyond my mom and her service dog, or the occasional overnight sitter. It’s important not to displace cat’s feeding and sleeping areas, and especially their litter box! Speaking of food. Maintain your cat’s normal feeding schedule as much as possible. I will tell you that Nixie will under no circumstances allow us to deviate from type of food nor her dinner time.
With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, make sure you don’t overlook giving attention to your cat. I tend to work late at night during the holiday season, and it’s not uncommon for Milo to come into the bedroom and get some lovings for a good 10-15 minutes. It’s important whether your regular home routine is off due to holiday chaos or just extra houseguests or party goers that you give them extra quality time. Nixie and Milo love intensive play sessions with a feathered bird toy or the fearless red dot!
Then there’s the whole tree thing. I’m going to be the first to tell you that you really don’t know how a cat is going to react the tree until you put up the tree. If you have the luxury of putting your tree behind closed doors, I’m envious of you. Because my cats love to scale our tree. It means we think about which ornaments we put on the tree, so we avoid any choking hazards. Tinsel can wreck havoc on a cat’s digestive system, so for their safety, skip it.
If you have a live tree, the water at the base of the tree contains secretions that cause tummy distress at the very least. Keep in mind that some holiday plants can also be toxic to pets, including mistletoe and the bulbs of the amaryllis plant. Despite the reputation, the poinsettia is only mildly toxic,but it still should be off limits to pets.
Make sure you keep their litter box scooped and tidy. A great solution to keep both your cats and house guests happy is ARM & HAMMER Clump & Seal Cat Litter, you can pick it up at your local Petsmart. If you have a Multi-cat household you’ll love that it gives you and your cats a 7 day odor free home. Perfect for the holidays and beyond.
While you are at Petsmart, be sure to pick up any special toys or treats. It’s also nice to pick up extra litter for your local food bank.
One last thing to ensure a stress free holiday for cats. Give your veterinarian’s office a call and ask for information about who will be handling emergencies during the holidays. Another important number to keep on hand is the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center phone number. It’s available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at 888-426-4435.
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