Thanksgiving With Kitties

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Cats are definitely something for us to be thankful for. Fluffy has earned a special place in our hearts with her cute face, adorable quirks, and gentle purrs. Read on as a local Lafayette, LA vet offers some helpful tips on spending Thanksgiving with Fluffy.

Preparation

Before your guests arrive, thoroughly vacuum and dust your home to get rid of dead fur and dander. You may also want to change your air filters. To remove fur from your upholstery, use a rubber dish glove, a squeegee, or a damp sponge. You may also want to brush Fluffy. Don’t forget to change the litterbox!

Guests

Cats all have their own unique purrsonalities. If Fluffy is friendly and sociable, she may jump into your guests’ laps, or walk around getting ear scritches. Shyer cats, however, may be more comfortable in a quiet back room with food, treats, bedding, and a litterbox. Of course, many people are allergic to our feline buddies. If you know or suspect that some of your visitors are allergic to Fluffy, set out some tissues, and stock up on OTC meds. (Note: don’t be surprised if your furball gravitates toward the allergic person. That’s just what cats do.)

Food

Your kitty is definitely something to be thankful for! You can certainly offer Fluffy a special holiday treat. Just be careful to only give your furry pal things that are safe for her. Cooked, plain turkey is fine, as long as the skin, bones, and fat have been removed. Your furball may also enjoy a can of tuna in water or some sodium-free broth. Never give your cat anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; pitted fruits; avocados; chocolate; grapes, currants, or raisins; caffeine; alcohol; or xylitol. Milk is also unsafe, as are raw meat, dough, and yeast; meat on the bone; and fatty or sugary foods.

Safety

Certain decorations, such as wreaths and garlands, can choke or strangle playful kitties. You also don’t want Fluffy getting stepped on, or running out an open door. Candles are another concern: they may make your home look and smell nice, but they aren’t safe for pets! Keep candles and potpourri burners in high, secure places, well out of paws’ reach.

Please call us, your Lafayette, LA vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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