Christmas can be stressful for our cats. The change in routine, visitors, children, loud music and decorations can all worry them.
Planning ahead can help minimise stress for cats and ensure they have a happy home at Christmas, too. Here are our top tips for helping all cats have a stress-free Christmas:
- Try to keep food, exercise and bed routines the same as consistency can help cats feel more secure.
- If you have guests coming over, let your cat meet people at their own pace.
- Give your cat somewhere cosy and quiet to retreat to, away from all the excitement, where they won’t be disturbed by anyone. Leave toys there to help them associate the area with positive experiences.
- You can also give your cat some hidey-holes to retreat to in case they feel unsure. Try on top of wardrobes or under furniture – even cardboard boxes can make good hiding places.
- Although Christmas is a busy time and there’s a lot to do and people to see, be careful about leaving your cat alone for any period which might cause them distress.
Some of our festive foods can be dangerous to cats. If you’re thinking of making a fuss of your cats with some extra food treats this Christmas take a look at the advice on the national RSPCA website.
Festive food isn’t the only hazard to consider around Christmas time, some household items can also be dangerous. Some plants and flowers including poinsettias, holly, ivy, mistletoe and lilies can be toxic, so avoid these if you have cats.
Tinsel and wrapping paper might be tempting for your cat to play with but make sure they don’t eat it!
Keep a number of an emergency vet on hand in case of accidents or if your pet eats something they shouldn’t, and if your pet is on medication, stock up before the holidays so you don’t get caught out.
At the Cat Hub we are not rehoming cats from 14 December to 3 January, so that they do not go into a busy household focussed on Christmas celebrations. However, we are still open for appointments for viewings. If you are interested in meeting one of our cats, please contact us.