Seasonal Care Tips for Frisky Cats

With the holiday season ramping up into full swing, we’re seeing lots of videos of playful cats wreaking havocs on trees, jumping into boxes, and generally being both adorable and mischievous. Our feline pals can be a handful at this time of year! Here, a Lafayette, LA vet discusses caring for playful kitties during the holidays.

The Tree

If you have a spirited feline and a holiday tree, you may find yourself with a bit of a dilemma on your hands. Keep your furball in mind as you are decorating. Put only a few ornaments on the lower part of the tree. Pick durable, non-breakable items for these bottom branches, just in case Fluffy knocks them down. Keep the majority of the lights, tinsel, and ornaments on the top part of the tree. We also recommend getting a sturdy base, and using fishing line to secure the treetop to the wall or ceiling. You may even want to consider getting an artificial tree, which will be harder for your pet to climb.

Presents

Toys are definitely our #1 recommendation for frisky furballs. Fluffy never gets tired of classic kitty toys, like catnip mice. She also may enjoy something a bit more high-tech, like an automated laser pointer or a robotic mouse. Cat furniture will also please your feline buddy. Pick out a cat tower or a fun kitty activity center that incorporates lots of toys. Don’t forget to give your pet some of the empty boxes once everyone has opened their gifts!

Decorations

This can be a hazardous time of year for kitties. Tinsel, electric lights, pine needles, ribbons, wreaths, and ornament hooks are all dangerous to cats. Keep these things out of paws’ reach. Also, put candles and potpourri burners in high, secure spots. Seasonal plants are another danger to be aware of. Holly, ivy, mistletoe, lilies, and poinsettias are all toxic to pets.

Bribery

Telling Fluffy to stop knocking things over may not do much good. However, tiring her out a bit might just work wonders. Take time to play with your kitty every day. If Fluffy is worn out after a long game of Bat At The Feather Toy, she may fall asleep before she gets around to attacking the tree!

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

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