Christmas is the most magical time of the year! So much excitement in the air! and now that the pandemic is behind us, so many of us will be getting together with family and friends we have not seen in awhile.. So exciting!
There is a downside to the excitement for us Cat people though.. Our kitties can get themselves in some serious mischief this time of year. My husband and I can attest to this! We do share our home currently with 5 cats!
Here are some tips that have helped us over the years…
THE CHRISTMAS TREE
The Christmas tree encompasses everything a cat loves! all the shine and glitz hanging from it that can be batted off the tree with a paw!
We love watching our cats see the tree the first time and want them to be able to enjoy the tree like we do each year so we just make sure never to never allow them alone with the tree. In our home, the Christmas tree is in the main family room where everyone gathers. When we go to bed at night, the Christmas lights get turned off and the cats go with us to bed for the night. This works for us and allows our Cats to enjoy the tree plus we have peace of mind that they will be safe from any danger.
So many holiday plants are toxic to cats. Poinsettias, Holly and Mistletoe come to mind. Please keep these plants away from your cats and use artificial plants instead.
Honestly this is a tough one for me. I love candles. My sister who runs a cat sitting service down in Clearwater Florida gave up on using Candles years ago. Instead she uses the room spray from Bath and Body Works to make her home smells homey during the Christmas season, without the hazards of candles. For me I just use candles only in rooms the cats are not in.
TOYS AND BATTERIES
Please keep all small toys and batteries up and away from your cats. Cats typically won’t chew on things like a dog would but the batteres can contain zinc which can cause renal failure for cats if ingested by them. Better to be safe than sorry and keep all toys and batteries far away from them.
HOLIDAY FOOD AND SCRAPS
Keep an eye on your cats and the table scraps. Bones are choking hazards with cats, chocolate and other foods are poisonous to cats. Milk can upset a cats tummy.
HIRE A CAT SITTER IF YOU PLAN ON BEING OUT OF TOWN FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
If you are planning on being out of town this holiday season, hire a professional Cat Sitter like Meow At The Lake to care for your cats! Cats do not handle change well at all so in home cat sitting will reduce their stress and keep them safe at home where they belong. Also, you will have peace of mind knowing they are cared for.
Thanks for reading!
Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.
Owner, Meow At The Lake