Happy Holidays to You and Your Kitty
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I can’t believe the holidays are upon us again. Where does the time go?
If you’ve lived with your cat for a while, you’re probably a pro at making sure she stays safe this holiday season. If this is your first holiday with kitty though, here are a few tips to help ensure she has a safe and happy time.
If kitty has never seen a Christmas tree before, she may be mildly curious about it or she may be totally fascinated. There’s so much to entice a cat. The tree itself, the twinkling lights, hanging ornaments, tinsel, garland, oooh, it can be too much for a cat to resist. To be on the safe side, put your tree up and leave it undecorated for a day so your cat can get used to this rather unusual addition to the home décor. Then when you do begin decorating, put the more delicate and breakable ornaments toward the top – out of kitty’s reach. At our house we don’t use ornament hooks, but rather, we use special ribbon that’s very sturdy. You can even use green twist ties to make ornaments super-secure on the branches.
If your Christmas tree is live, put a screen or some kind of covering over the reservoir so kitty doesn’t try to drink the water. Sap in the water can be toxic as can any commercial tree preservative. Be diligent about cleaning up any stray needles that fall from the tree as well.
If your cat bats at or attempts to chew the tree lights, coat the wires with a bitter anti-chew product (available at your local pet supply store). Secure the lights deeply into the tree rather than on the tips of the branches so they won’t be as tempting to your fun-loving kitty.
Candles are beautiful this time of year but they don’t mix well with curious cat whiskers or the beautiful swishing tail of a kitty passing by. If you really want candles, make sure they’re placed in areas totally unavailable to kitty. At our house we use faux candles. They’re battery-operated tea lights that flicker just like a real flame.
Food, glorious food! No holiday is complete without lots of good food. Unfortunately, much of that food is way too rich for cats. Politely request that dinner guests not try to sneak tidbits to kitty no matter how cute and adorable she may look.
Finally, with all the fun, chaos, and good times that go on during the holiday, some cats can become a little overwhelmed, especially if your home is filled with company. If your cat isn’t a social butterfly, let her sit the holiday out in a quiet room.
Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday and a wonderful new year!