Keeping Your Home Safe for Your Cats During the Holidays
It's the holiday season, and you're probably busy wrapping up last-minute gifts, thinking of treats you can get for your friends and co-workers, and more! It also means that many of us will be on the lookout for ways to spoil our pets while we're away. Cats, in particular, enjoy seeing variety in their home life and can benefit from fun toys and new purchases. But the holidays can be stressful for cats, especially if you leave them alone for extended periods of time.
Here are some tips to make your cat's holiday a safe one:
Keep the decorations to a minimum.
Cats can be easily frightened by loud noises and flashing lights, so limit the amount of holiday décor in your home. Cats are very sensitive to lights and can become stressed if they're exposed to too many of them. When you're bringing home new decorations, keep them out of your cat's reach until after they have been introduced to the new item. Or if possible, keep these out of sight behind closed doors or curtains.
Don't leave food out where your cat can get to it.
While most cats will not eat food if there are other options available, some may become desperate enough in the absence of their owners to eat any food they find. Some of the most toxic foods for cats are onions, garlic, raw eggs and meat, chocolate products—including candy bars & baked goods —alcoholic beverages (especially beer), grapes and raisins. In this case, it's best to keep these foods out of your cat's reach. If you have leftovers, wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate them immediately. Don't leave them out on the counter where your cat may get to them.
Don't leave your cat alone for too long.
Even if you're just going away for a few days, it's important that someone checks in on them at least once during that time period. If you are going to be away for an extended period, consider boarding your cat at a facility specializing in cats. This way, they'll be cared for by professionals and won't feel as abandoned during the holidays.
Looking for a pet care facility this holiday?
At Life of Riley Rockville, a pet care facility that welcomes cats and dogs of all ages, we understand that many of our clients are going to be away for the holidays. We provide pet care services so that you can enjoy your time off without worrying about your furry friends.
If you can't be around this holiday for your cat and you're looking for a pet care facility that you can trust, kindly contact us and book your pet’s stay today. We'll make sure that your pet is safe and loved while you're away so that you can enjoy the holidays with your family.
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