Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s probably safe to say that many of our feline patients will be taking part in the holiday celebrations in their own way. Here, a Cherry Hill, NJ vet offers tips on keeping Fluffy happy, safe, and purring on Turkey Day.
Some kitties are bold and friendly, and will happily hop from lap to lap, soaking up all of the cuddles and affection they can get. Others are quite timid, and will bolt for their favorite hiding spots the moment the doorbell rings. If Fluffy falls into the latter category, you may want to put her in a quiet back room. Offer her food, toys, treats, a litterbox, and comfy bedding, and let her sleep through the holiday.
Keep your kitty’s safety in mind as you are decorating. Candles, potpourri burners, fireplaces, and anything small or sharp should be kept out of paws’ reach. Anything that has ropes or strings, such as garlands or lights, can also be hazardous.
Many of our favorite foods are toxic to kitties. Most cats are fairly finicky, but some will eat whatever they are offered. This can be a concern with small children, who may not realize that Fluffy can’t eat everything we can. Make sure your kitty only gets safe, suitable foods. Some things on the no-no list include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; meat on the bone; raw dough, meat, or yeast; grapes, currants, and raisins; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; dairy products; pitted fruits; and/or xylitol. If you want to give your furball a special treat, offer her some plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry, without the skin, bones, or fat. Sodium-free broth is also fine.
If you’re hosting dinner, you’ll want to do some fur-busting before your visitors arrive. Vacuum and dust thoroughly, and change your air filter. Use a damp sponge or a squeegee to get pet fur off furniture and upholstery.
Once the big meal is over, you may very well join millions of other Americans in the post-dinner holiday tradition known as the food coma. Settle into a comfy chair, and let your kitty curl up in your lap. Purring cats are definitely something to be thankful for!
Happy Thanksgiving! Please reach out to us, your Cherry Hill, NJ vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!