Seasons’ Greetings! It’s always wonderful to relax around the holidays with friends, family, and, of course, our beloved pets. Fluffy is at her cutest—and most mischievous—at this special time of year. Here, a local Pasadena, MD vet offers tips on celebrating the holidays with Fluffy.
As far as your cat is concerned, most of the decorations you put up are actually cat toys. Unfortunately, many of them aren’t safe for your playful pet. Ribbons, tinsel, ornament hooks, strands of lights, pine needles, and ornaments are all dangerous for our frisky feline friends. Many plants, such as poinsettias, ivy, and lilies, are also unsafe, as they are toxic to kitties. Fireplaces, candles, and heaters are hazardous as well. Keep Fluffy in mind as you are decorating!
Cats are more or less hardwired to climb trees, so Fluffy will have a tough time resisting one in her home … especially one that is hung with shiny baubles. Keep fragile ornaments on the top part of the tree, out of paws’ reach. Decorate the bottom with sturdy ornaments that won’t break. You may also want to distract your kitty by giving her some of her gifts early.
Cooked, plain meat, fish, or poultry, without the skin, bones, or fat is a great holiday treat for Fluffy. Your feline overlord will also approve of some plain, canned tuna in water. Sodium-free broth is also fine, as are cat milk, shredded deli meat, and store-bought snacks.
Many kitties find themselves with new toys at this time of year. Playthings are a purrfect gift for cats! Fluffy may be thrilled with a classic plaything, like a catnip mouse or a wand toy. You can also activate the purr with something more modern, like catnip bubbles, kitty cubes, mechanical mice, or perhaps a remote-controlled mouse.
Kitties all have their own unique characters. Some are very friendly, while others are shy and timid. If Fluffy is bold and fearless, she probably won’t mind visitors very much, especially if they pet and cuddle her. Shyer cats, however, may retreat and hide until your company leaves. If you have a scaredy-cat, put soft bedding, toys, treats, and food in a back bedroom for your furry pal.
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Glen Burnie Animal Hospital, your Pasadena, MD vet clinic. Call us anytime!