Holidays and Cat Dangers

by Rita Reimers

Decorating for the Holidays

Avoid these cat hazards to keep your holidays happy!

cat vetThe holidays are upon us again, and in all the excitement and rushing around we sometimes forget about our furry companions. Decorations, holiday preparations, and parties might be fun, but they can create dangers and stress for both you and your cat.

Please consider the following as you prepare for the festivities, so you and your cat and have a peaceful and happy holiday:

  • Holiday decorations with glue and glitter may attract your cat, but can cause harm if eaten. Hang those high on your tree or mantle, or better yet avoid them altogether.
  • If you put up a tree, your cat may decide to try to climb it. Also, watch those low hanging ornaments; noses and tails can knock them over and your cat may get hurt on the broken pieces.
  • Wrapping your packages with ribbons and string may be irresistible to kitty if she decides to chew on them. These items can get twisted inside your cat’s intestines if swallowed, and that could prove fatal.
  • Poinsettia plants are among the most toxic of plants for cats and can be fatal if eaten. Skip them if you have a cat, or you may end up with a very sick kitty and a vet bill you didn’t count on.
  • Be careful using candles! Noses and tails could get burned if your cat decides to get too close!
  • If you have a party, it might be a good idea to put your cat in a separate room with a cozy bed, his favorite treats, and maybe some soothing music. Put a “do not enter” sign on the door. The sight of a house full of strangers can panic a cat, and all the opening and closing of your front door could also give your cat ample opportunity to escape into the night. One of our clients at Cats 90210 LA Cat Sitting hires us to stay with his kitty and keep her company in a seperate room whenever he gives a party.

Also, don’t forget to make time to give your cat playtime and lots of love. In the business of the season, it’s easy for your cat to get neglected. Do remember to give your kitty a gift! A special toy or treat will make your kitty feel like she is part of the celebration. 

The love she gives you all year long is worth these simple steps to ensure your cat remains a healthy and happy part of your family.

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Is My Cat Sick?

If your are asking that question, then he probably is.

cat vetAs owner of a pet sitting company that visits only cats, I am often asked questions about cats and their health needs. The number one question I hear all the time from both clients and friends alike is “Does my cat need to see the vet?”

My first response is always YES! No one knows your cat better than you do, so if that question is even crossing your mind, then you already suspect something is wrong.

Sometimes it’s a subtle shift in behavior that perhaps someone who doesn’t know your cat well would not even notice. One reason we assign one primary cat sitter to each of our clients at Just For Cats Pet Sitting is so they get to know your cats well enough to notice these subtle signs.

But sometimes things are more obvious. Here are some tell-tale signs that your cat is in need of medical attention:

  • Decreased Appetite is the number one sign that something is wrong. If your cat is not eating or drinking, this can be a sign that your cat is ill, and this should not be taken lightly. Just 3 days without food could result in Fatty Liver Disease, which is very serious and often fatal.
  • Lethargy is another sign something is going on that could be a medical problem, such as Urinary Blockages or Anemia.
  • Increased Urination and Thirst could indicate Feline Diabetes or the beginning stages of Kidney Failure, to name a few possibilities.
  • Decreased Urination might be caused by urinary blockages such as Crystals or Stones, a Urinary Tract Infection or even the chronic urinary tract disease known as FLUTD.
  • Urination Outside The Box could be a behavior issue but it also could indicate a medical issue, like the ones mentioned above. Before soliciting the assistance of a Cat Behavorist, be sure to rule out any organic causes first. Also please refer to my Behavior Blog, where I wrote an article about Litter Box Avoidance and tips to keep your kitty “going” inside the box.

I cannot stress enough: If you think something is wrong, you are probably right! A check up with your veterinarian will give you both peace of mind.

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