The holiday season is a time of joy, but it can also be a bit stressful for our feline friends. With all the decorations, guests, and hustle and bustle, it’s easy for your cat to become overwhelmed.
Read on as a vet offers up some tips on how to keep the holidays stress-free for Fluffy.
Create a Safe Space
The Power of a Quiet Hideaway
During the holiday season, your home might transform into a lively hub of activity. To help your cat feel secure, designate a quiet hideaway. It could be a cozy corner of a room or even a separate space with their bed, toys, and litter box.
Holiday decorations can be a source of curiosity for your cat, but some can pose risks. Opt for pet-friendly decorations, avoid tinsel and glass ornaments, and secure your tree to prevent any mishaps. A safer, cat-proofed holiday setup can help reduce their stress.
Stick to Routine
Consistent Feeding Times
Cats thrive on routine, and the holidays can disrupt their schedules. Make an effort to feed your cat at their usual times. Consistency in feeding can provide them with a sense of security during the chaos of the season.
Amid the festivities, it’s easy to overlook your cat’s need for play and exercise. Spend some quality time engaging in play to keep their minds and bodies active. A feather toy or a laser pointer can be a great way to keep them entertained.
Watch the Food
Tempting but Risky Treats
Holiday treats may be tempting, but not all human food is safe for cats. Avoid giving them turkey bones, chocolate, or anything with alcohol. These can be dangerous for your furry friend. Stick to their regular cat food to avoid any tummy troubles.
If you plan to switch your cat’s diet for a special holiday meal, do so gradually. Sudden dietary changes can lead to stomach upsets. It’s best to consult your vet for advice on safely introducing new foods to their diet.
Minimize Noise and Commotion
Ensure that your guests are aware of your cat’s presence and the importance of being considerate. Provide a quiet space for your cat to retreat to when the noise becomes too much.
Consider playing calming music or using white noise machines to mask loud noises like fireworks or party chatter.
If you have more questions or wish to schedule Fluffy for a wellness checkup, please feel free to call us, your local vet, anytime!