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Holidays With Cats

The holidays are coming up quick! It’s always nice to see those festive decorations, and enjoy some quality time with loved ones. Of course, no holiday scene is complete without a purring cat. This time of year can be lots of fun for our feline friends, but it can also be dangerous for them. Read on as a Columbia, MD vet discusses spending the holidays with kitties.

Kitty Shenanigans

Fluffy is very appreciative of the love, food, and care you offer her. Your furry pal may thoughtfully try to help you out by ‘assisting’ as you wrap gifts and hang decorations. Keep your playful pet’s safety in mind as you decorate. Ribbons, tinsel, light strands, and garlands can all choke or entangle a frisky feline. Cats can also hurt themselves with sharp ornaments or ornament hooks. Plants are another concern. Many seasonal favorite, such as holly, ivy, mistletoe, and poinsettias, are toxic to kitties. Keep these potential hazards well out of paws’ reach! Last but not least, make sure Fluffy can’t reach candles, potpourri burners, or fireplaces.

Presents

Don’t forget to fill Fluffy’s stocking! Toys and treats will get that little motor going. Your furry friend will also appreciate a new bed and, of course, some empty boxes or gift bags.

Food

Those delicious seasonal dishes are a huge part of many seasonal traditions. Many people will be doing a lot of cooking over the next few weeks … with their kitties of course paying close attention. Fluffy definitely will appreciate a yummy treat! Just stick to safe options, like plain, cooked turkey, without the skin, bones, or fat.

Guests

Some of our feline buddies are furry little love bugs that will hop from lap to lap, collecting cuddles and ear scritches. Others get quite frightened when visitors come over, and will hide until everyone is gone. If your kitty is shy, put her in a quiet back room with toys, treats, food, and a litterbox when you are hosting events. Fluffy may be purrfectly content to just sleep through the festivities.

Weather

Fluffy may have a fur coat on, but that doesn’t mean she’s impervious to weather. Keep your kitty safe, sound, and purring indoors, where she won’t be exposed to those frigid temperatures.

Happy Holidays! Please reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your Columbia, MD vet clinic, we’re here to help!

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