Season’s Greetings! Holiday events and decorations are definitely taking center stage this month. Our feline friends are more than happy to join in on those seasonal celebrations! Read on as a local Champaign, IL vet offers some tips on spending the holiday season with a kitty.
Don’t forget to pick up a few things for your feline buddy! Toys, treats, and catnip are the gold standard when it comes to kitty gifts, though Fluffy will of course also approve of some cat furniture, such as a new bed or cat tower. (Your furry pal will probably also appreciate having some of those empty boxes and gift bags (no handles) once everyone has opened their presents.)
One seasonal tradition we don’t foresee going away any time soon? Those annual video compilations of cats destroying Christmas trees. This may make for a cute social media post, but it’s actually quite dangerous. Your kitty could get seriously hurt toppling that tree! Your best bet is to try to make it unappealing. Decorate the bottom part of the tree sparsely, with just a few dull, unbreakable items. Most of the decorations, including anything sharp or fragile, should go on the top half. It’s also best to avoid putting the tree near anything Fluffy may use to jump off, such as a couch. (Those with super-frisky furballs may want to consider using fishing line to secure the top of the tree to the ceiling.)
The tree isn’t the only thing that can be dangerous to a playful pet. Many popular seasonal plants, such as holly, ivy, poinsettia, and mistletoe, are toxic to cats. Peace lilies are particularly deadly: kitties can go into organ failure just by eating a single leaf or drinking the water. You’ll also want to keep anything small, sharp, or fragile out of paws’ reach. Items with strings or ropes also pose a threat. Not only are these choking and entanglement hazards, they can also cause very serious—and potentially fatal—internal injuries if ingested. If Fluffy is bound and determined to make mischief, give her some of her gifts early. You may also want to try tiring her out with play sessions.
Kitties can be quite bold and charismatic, but many of them are actually very emotional. Fluffy is also a homebody, and she can get stressed by changes, commotion, and even decorations. Spend some quiet time with your furry buddy, and keep that motor going!Happy Holidays! Contact us here at Good Friends Animal Hospital, your Champaign, IL animal hospital, anytime!