Has a new kitten recently joined your household? Congratulations! You’re certainly in for an extra-adorable Thanksgiving. Kittens are definitely something to be grateful for. However, you’ll need to keep a close eye on your furry buddy. A local Champaign, IL vet offers some advice on little Fluffy’s first Thanksgiving below.
Socialization is very important to pets. Introduce little Fluffy to different people, and have them pet her, play with her, and give her toys and treats. This will help her grow into a friendly, open-minded adult cat. You probably won’t have too much trouble convincing your guests to pay attention to your tiny furball!
Are you headed away for the holidays? Older cats can be left alone for a day or two, provided they have plenty of food and water. However, a kitten really shouldn’t be left by themselves. We would recommend boarding your feline friend.
Food is one of the biggest concerns around the holidays. Cats are usually fussier than dogs, but they’re also very curious. And there are some furballs that will eat pretty much anything. Some dangerous foods include meat on the bone; raw dough or yeast; garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; grapes, currants, and raisins; avocado; pitted fruit; chocolate; caffeine; and alcohol. Ask your vet for more information.
Little Fluffy is basically a tiny, furry whirlwind of chaos. Keep your feline buddy in mind when decorating. Anything small or sharp is a potential hazard. You’ll also want to be cautious with stringy objects, such as garlands, and with plastic bags, wrappers, and ties. Candles and potpourri burners should be placed well out of paws’ reach. Toxic plants are also a concern. You can find a full list on the ASPCA site here.
Baby cats can fit into some very small spaces, and they don’t make very large lumps under blankets or cushions. Keep an eye on your feisty feline, and keep her out of harm’s way. You’ll also want to make sure your pint-sized pal doesn’t get caught under a recliner or get her tail caught in a door.
Don’t forget to snap some pictures of your tiny furball’s first Thanksgiving! Kitties grow very quickly, and little Fluffy’s adorable kittenhood will be over before you know it.
Happy Thanksgiving! As your local Champaign, IL animal clinic, we’re dedicated to offering great veterinary care. Please contact us anytime!