The holiday season is officially here! Many of our feline patients are extra adorable—and extra frisky—at this time of year. You may want to take a few precautions to keep Fluffy happy, healthy, and purring over the next few weeks. A North Miami, FL vet discusses holiday care for cats below.

Presents

Don’t forget to fill Fluffy’s stocking! Toys and treats are always great gifts for kitties. Your cat may also appreciate a new bed, a window seat, or even a cat tower. When everyone is done opening presents, give your pet some empty boxes to play in.

Hazards

This can be a dangerous time of year for kitties! Ribbons, tinsel, garland, pine needles, all pose serious choking and entanglement hazards to frisky furballs. Lights, ornament hooks, and fragile ornaments are also unsafe. Toxic plants are another concern. Many popular seasonal plants, such as poinsettia, mistletoe, and ivy, are toxic to kitties. Flames from candles, fire pits, and potpourri burners are dangerous as well. Keep these things out of paws’ reach!

The Tree

Stories and videos of kitties gleefully attacking trees are pretty much ‘purr’ for the course at this time of year. There are a few ways to make your tree less appealing to your furry friend. We recommend decorating the bottom of the tree sparsely, with just a few unbreakable objects. Put the majority of the decorations on the top part of the tree. If your feline buddy is extremely mischievous, you may want to use fishing line to secure the top of the tree to the wall or ceiling.

Guests

Some cats are very friendly, and will approach guests, in hopes of scoring ear scritches and cuddle time. Others are quite shy, and will bolt for cover as soon as the doorbell rings. If your furball falls into the latter category, put her in a quiet back room with food, bedding, toys, treats, and a litterbox when you have company.

Food

Fluffy will certainly appreciate a yummy holiday snack! Plain, cooked meat, fish, or chicken, without the skin, bones, or fat, is a good choice. Your kitty can also have sodium-free broth; shredded deli meat; or a can of plain tuna, chicken, or crabmeat in water.

All of us here at Arch Creek, your local North Miami, FL vet clinic, want to wish you a wonderful holiday season. Please contact us anytime!