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Holidays With Cats

With the holidays ramping up into full swing, many kitties are having a ball ‘playing’ with ornaments, helping their humans wrap gifts, and just generally being adorable. As it turns out, our feline pals have a few seasonal traditions of their own… and many of them involve mischief! A North Bethesda, MD vet discusses Fluffy’s holiday agenda in this article.

The Tree

You really can’t blame Fluffy for trying to climb the Christmas tree. After all, in the wild, trees provide cats with shelter, napping spots, lookout points, and nail-care stations. Finding one hung with what looks like cat toys in the house is a bit too much for a playful furball to resist. Get a tree with a sturdy base, and secure the top to the wall or ceiling with fishing line. Hang only a few unbreakable ornaments on the lower branches, and keep the tinsel, lights, and fragile ornaments on top. You may also want to distract your cat by giving her some new toys.

Gifts

Fluffy definitely deserves a gift or two. A comfy new bed will certainly get that little motor going. Other good options include catnip mice, feather toys, little balls, or remote-controlled toys. You can also get your kitty some cat furniture, or perhaps a comfy window seat. A small pot of catnip or cat grass will also please your feline overlord.

Treats

Food is central to many holiday traditions. Don’t forget to give Fluffy something yummy! Just be sure to stick to foods that are safe for her. Plain, cooked meat, fish, or chicken, without the skin, bones, or fat is a good option. Cats can also have some plain, canned tuna or chicken in water; sodium-free broth; or store-bought treats. Avoid giving your furry pal garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; chocolate; alcohol; meat on the bone; dairy; pitted fruits; or grapes, currants, or raisins. Ask your vet for more information.

Hazards

This can be a dangerous time of year for frisky pets! Candles, potpourri burners, and fireplaces are all major hazards. Many types of decorations, such as ribbons, tinsel, garlands, pine needles, and ornament hooks, are also unsafe. Put any seasonal plants, such as holly or poinsettias, in a spot your feline buddy can’t reach.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your North Bethesda, MD vet clinic, if ever you need assistance. We are here to help!

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