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Holiday Cat Care

Happy Holidays! At this time of year, we love seeing adorable photos of kitties against seasonal backdrops. The holidays can be stressful and a bit dangerous for our feline pals, however. In this article, a Folsom, CA vet offers tips on keeping your feline pal safe and purring this holiday season.

Decorations

Kitties are very playful and curious. This can be a dangerous combination! When you decorate for the season, keep your frisky feline in mind. Put seasonal plants, such as poinsettias, holly, ivy, and mistletoe, in spots your furball can’t reach. Kitties can also choke on or ingest tinsel, pine needles, and/or ribbons. Fragile ornaments, ornament hooks, and light strings are hazardous as well. You’ll also want to be careful with candles and fireplaces. Cats and flames are a dangerous mix!

Guests

Some kitties are fearless and friendly, while others are quite timid and shy. If your feline pal falls into the latter category, she may very well see visitors as opportunities for cuddles and ear scritches. If you have a scaredy-cat, she may run for cover as soon as the doorbell rings. Make sure Fluffy always has a hiding spot to retreat to. This can be a place under the couch, or perhaps a kitty tent or tipi.

Gifts

Don’t forget to pick up a few things for Fluffy! Toys and treats are always great option. Fluffy will also appreciate a new bed, or a fun cat tower. Catnip may also get that little motor going. For extra purrs, give your playful pet some empty boxes after everyone is done opening their presents.

Food

Food is a big part of many seasonal traditions. There’s nothing wrong with giving your furball something special. A can of plain tuna or chicken in water is a great treat. Fluffy may also enjoy some plain, cooked, boneless meat, fish, or chicken; shredded deli meat; or sodium-free broth. Ask your vet for more information.

The Tree

Attacking the tree is one of Fluffy’s favorite traditions. This can be dangerous, however! Keep your furry friend in mind when you put up the tree. Hang the majority of your decorations on the top half of the tree, out of paws’ reach. Put just a few unbreakable ornaments on the lower branches.

Happy Holidays! Please reach out to us, your local Folsom, CA vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs.

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