The holidays can be a fun and exciting experience for your cat, but only if you take precautions to protect its health. There are many seasonal dangers that are present that you might not be aware of until it is too late. To help keep your cat safe, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Secure the Christmas Tree
A real Christmas tree needs water to remain green throughout the holiday season. Unfortunately for your cat, the water often mixes with the fertilizer from the tree to create a concoction that could leave your cat sick if it drinks the water.
To protect your cat, ensure that the tree is securely in its place. Your cat is more likely to drink the water if the tree falls over and the water spills out of it. Securing the tree properly also keeps it from falling onto your cat and causing a significant injury.
Monitor Your Cat's Diet
Although it might be tempting to share holiday treats with your cat, it is imperative that you stick to its regular diet. Foods that are rich in sugar and fat can cause your cat to experience an upset stomach. Spicy foods can even lead to the development of serious illness that requires medical attention.
If you will have guests in your home, educate them on not feeding your cat foods that are outside of its regular diet. Place the number of your veterinarian in plain sight so that if someone does violate the rule in your absence, he or she can call for help immediately.
Ensure Your Cat Is Identifiable
The chances of losing your cat increases during the holiday season as guests are in and out of your home. An open door could give your cat the opportunity to escape outside and get lost as it strays away from your home.
Although you should take measures to prevent your cat from getting lost, you also have to be prepared in the event that it occurs. To increase the likelihood that your cat will be returned, ensure that it has an ID tag that contains your contact information.
You should also talk to your vet about microchipping your cat. In the event that your cat is found by an animal clinic or shelter, staff can scan the chip and get your contact information. Since the chip is implanted just beneath the cat's skin, there is no chance of losing the chip.
Talk to a vet about other ways you can protect your cat during the holiday season.