A NEW CATTITUDE
By rita reimers, cat Behaviorist
While we humans relish the hustle, bustle, and merri- ment of the holidays, our feline family members
might not feel the same way. In
fact, some things about the holidays could cause a complete and
total feline freakout!
Feline Freakout #1:
bring out the holly, the tinsel, the
tree, the menorah, and even holiday
costumes, but remember that all of
these things can be frightening —
and even dangerous — to your cat.
• Holiday decorations with glue
and glitter may attract your cat
but can cause harm if eaten. Hang
those adornments high on your
tree or mantel. better yet: Avoid
• If you put up a tree, your cat
might try to climb it. Noses and
tails can knock over low-hanging
ornaments, and your cat could get
hurt on the broken pieces. Keep
breakable ornaments up high.
• Poinsettia plants and lilies are
among the most toxic plants to
cats and can be fatal if eaten. Skip
them if you have a cat.
• be careful using menorahs or
other types of candles. Noses and
tails could get burned if your cat
investigates. Tip: Give faux flame
candles a try.
• As for dressing up your cat,
consider the cat. Most cats don’t
enjoy wearing any type of outfit.
Wearing it can cause your cat
discomfort and stress. behavioral
issues could result, too.
Feline Freakout #2:
Friends and family pop in and out
of your house during the holidays.
but your kitty can become stressed
with all the strange people, new
sounds and smells, and other animals your family members may
bring with them.
• Under normal circumstances,
your cat might not think about
darting out the door. but cats
under stress can — and usually do
— behave unpredictably. The sight
of a house full of strangers can
scare your cat, and all the opening
and closing of your front door
could also give her ample opportunity to escape into the night.
• If you have a party, put your
cat in a separate room with a cozy
bed, his favorite treats, and some
soothing music. Put a do Not
Enter sign on the door. one of our
clients at Just For Cats Pet Sitting
hires one of our sitters every year
to keep his cat company in a separate room when he gives a party.
• Ask friends and family to
kindly leave their pets at home.
Feline Freakout #3:
Boxes & wrapping
This is a good feline freakout. Cats
love boxes and will be interested
and even excited seeing them all
being wrapped, then unwrapped.