The holiday season may be your favorite time of the year, but you need to take steps to ensure that your cat remains safe. Here are some tips that can help you keep your feline friend safe during festivities:
Be Prepared for Emergencies
Make sure that you're aware of the pet poison control hotline, and the number is (855) 764-7661. In addition, make sure that you know about a 24/7 emergency vet clinic in your area, and micro-chipping your cat can help to ensure that he or she doesn't get lost.
Make Your Home Safe for Cats
It's essential that your cat understands that the stove is off limits, and never leave burners on unattended. Also, feeding your cat before you start cooking can help to ensure that your cat does not jump up on the counter and make their way to the stove. Additionally, make sure that you look down regularly to ensure that you don't accidentally trip over your cat.
Know What’s Okay for Cats to Eat
While your cat can have some turkey, goose, and chicken, it's important to make sure that he or she doesn't load up on human food from the holiday dinner. That's because there can be additives in commercially produced turkey that are harmful for cats in large amounts. In addition, you should avoid feeding your cat any type of meat that includes bones.
Also, you should know the symptoms of feline food poisoning, and avoid giving your cat anything other than conventionally cat friendly foods, such as meats. Finally, you should make sure that you keep toxic plants, such as poinsettia and mistletoe out of reach.
Take Precaution When Guests Arrive
To ensure that you keep your eye on your cat, and make sure that he or she avoids danger areas. In addition, make sure that you ensure that your cat doesn't slip out when guests arrive.
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