In years past I’ve written many articles pertaining to holiday cat care, gift ideas for both our cats and cat lovers, and cat care tips for when you’re away from home. I hope this ultimate cat holiday resource guide is helpful for keeping your feline friends happy and safe during this most wonderful time of the year.
Holiday Cat Care Tips
The holiday season creates its own set of possible dangers for our cats. Here are a few tips to help minimize these risks.
Cats and Holiday Stress
Holiday activity can be stressful not only for us but also for our feline friends. Here are some signs to watch for and tips on how to minimize your cat’s stress level during this season.
Cats and Christmas Decorations
Holiday decorations can cause a variety of hazards for your cat. Here are a few things to keep in mind when decorating your house.
Cats and Poisonous Plants
Many holiday plants, such as lilies, holly and mistletoe are toxic to cats when ingested. Some (like many varieties of lilies) can cause renal failure. Please check out this list and if you have any of these, be to sure to keep them out of your cat’s reach.
Dangerous Foods for Cats
Many of the foods we eat are not good for our cats. Chocolate, for example can cause an array of problems like an increase in heart rate or tremors. Extremely rich foods or fatty foods have the potential to cause pancreatitis. Around the holiday season we need to be careful about what is in our cat’s path. Be sure not to leave potentially dangerous foods unattended on the counter or table (of your cat is indoors).
Homemade Gifts for Cat Lovers
Here are some holiday gift ideas for cat lovers that are either free or very affordable.
Affordable Gifts for Cats
Many people enjoy giving their cats presents during the holidays, as well as their human loved ones. There are many free and affordable gifts you can give those special cats in your life.
Household Cat Toys
Some of the best cat toys are everyday things we all have around the house.
If You Plan to Be Away for the Holidays
Tips on Cat Care While You’re Away – Home Care
Most cats prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home. So arranging for someone to come to your house and look after your cat while you’re away would be ideal.
Tips on Cat Care While You’re Away – Boarding
Last time we explored tips for leaving your cat at home while you´re away. Now let´s focus on looking at the option of boarding your kitty during your absence.
Tips on Cat Care While You’re Away – Caregiver’s Home
If it's not possible to arrange for someone to come to your home or for you to board your kitty, you might choose to take your cat to a relative, friend or neighbor's house.
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