The beauty of Thanksgiving is reflected in the happy faces of family and friends – cats included. But not all Turkey Day traditions are good for kittens. Follow these tips to ensure a safe harvest festival with cats!
1. First, some general tips about Thanksgiving with cats
The smell of roast turkey will undoubtedly attract your cats to your kitchen. Your self-proclaimed taste testers could stick their tongues where cat tongues don’t belong or linger and get under your feet. For a year our cat Bean was caught with red paws trying the mashed potatoes when we set the table. Sometimes it’s best to keep your kittens safe in a back room or bedroom from prep time to cleaning.
When your cats are out to eat, establish a few basic rules before you sit down to eat. Politely ask your guests not to feed your feline friends, as some holiday favorites for cats are toxic or unhealthy (a list of cat-safe Thanksgiving foods can be found here) Cats seem to crave fatty foods, and too much can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and pancreatitis.
Dawn Pyne, Marketing Manager at Embrace Pet Insurance, explains, “Pet insurance is a great way to protect your cat if an unexpected accident or illness occurs while on vacation. Minimize triggers that cause stress and limit giving your cat Thanksgiving table scraps. Based on our information, treating an adult cat for generalized inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract with overnight support therapies could cost over $ 3,000. “
2. How to Safely Feed Your Cat Thanksgiving Food
To include your cat in the Turkey Day celebrations, Pyne says, “Consider making a small plate of unseasoned, skinless, fat, or boned white turkey, plain green beans, and a scoop of pumpkin.”
Some other perfect options for the cat-friendly feast are apple slices and simple boiled carrots.
A great way to say thank you for your cats’ daily dose of love and devotion is to prepare some homemade holiday treats. Petplan Pet Insurance vets recommend pumpkin smoothies and roasted turkey medallions.
3. Cat-safe and festive flowers and decor
Pretty flowers and fragrant potpourri may set the stage for your Thanksgiving celebration, but are they safe for cats?
Fortunately, the ASPCA has put together this great list of poisonous plants and flowers for cats.
Potpourri, whether in liquid or dried form, can be toxic to cats. Liquid potpourris contain cationic detergents and / or essential oils which, if ingested, can cause inflammation and tissue damage in a cat’s mouth and digestive organs. What if your cat can’t resist and dips a paw into the mixture? First, it can cause skin irritation, swelling, and pain, and second, while grooming your cat, the chemicals can be absorbed or get into their eyes, causing irritation or injury. If your cat is tempted to nibble on dried potpourri, the pieces can cut and irritate the insides of your cat’s mouth and create a choking hazard.
Thanksgiving decorations like pumpkins, corn stalks, potted chrysanthemums, and corn can fascinate your cats. Mothers are poisonous and the other decor can be a choking hazard. So it’s always best to err on the safety side – don’t expose any decorations that could be dangerous to cats.
4. Watch out for candles and fireplaces
Seasonal scented candles and warm fires in the fireplace can add ambience to your holiday party, but cats are fascinated by flickering lights and popping noises – hot wax and flames can scorch or burn your curious cats’ delicate paws. Never leave a cat unattended near an open flame or burning fire!
5. Create a stress-free vacation environment
Cats live from routine. The slightest disturbance can cause stress, but the hustle and bustle of the Thanksgiving holiday often extends into the weekend and can rattle even your most social and laid back cats. Life-saving appliances Pets to the rescue. “I’ve found that the most effective way to give cats a life-saving solution is to put two drops on the end of my finger and then stroke it into the fur on the head,” says JaneA Kelley, longtime cat mom and Catster employee. in this article on reducing Thanksgiving stress in cats.
Some more tips for dealing with Thanksgiving stress in cats:
- Carefully instruct guests, especially children, not to approach or handle your cats. Let your cats take the lead – they mingle when they’re comfortable and withdraw when they’re fed up.
- Plan ahead with your cat. Guests will understand if you need to snuggle up and spend time playing with your favorite cats.
- Create a separate secret clubhouse just for cats in a guest room where your cats can retreat during the busy holiday season. Buy some new, interesting toys and hand them out. If you don’t already have a cat climbing tower, now is a good time to add one.
Tell us: What are some of your tips for having a safe harvest festival with cats? How do you minimize Thanksgiving dangers to cats and ensure your kittens have a safe and happy Thanksgiving? Please share your ideas in the comments.
This piece was originally released in 2017.
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