Saturday, 12 December 2015

How to keep your feline in purr-fect shape this Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching and many of us are preparing to eat, drink and be merry. However, I would advise cat owners to think twice before they offer their pet cat a tasty titbit from the dining-room table.
Overfeeding will cause a cat to become overweight, placing a strain on his joints and risking health problems such as diabetes, we would advise that puss continues to follow a balanced diet throughout the festive period, for the benefit of his long-term health.

If you are thinking of offering your cat a treat:

  • Do not give them human chocolate, which is not good for cats, or pieces of turkey which may contain small bones
  • Instead, offer them a little boiled fish or boneless chicken in its own juice (ensure it is adequately cooked to avoid the risk of salmonella poisoning). Alternatively you can give puss one of the many safe to eat Christmas cat treats that are available. - MellyBoy is a big fan of Dreamies!

Some cats will also nibble at the seasonal items that appear in their home over the festive period so do remember:

  • Holly, Poinsettas and mistletoe are potentially toxic to cats so, if choosing to have them in your house, position them well away from your cat’s reach. Also if you receive any plants as Christmas presents, consult your vet to check they are safe for felines (Lilies are particularly toxic).
  • Watch your cat to see how he reacts to decorations such as baubles, tinsel or Christmas light cables. If he can’t keep his paws off them then it is best to keep him out of the room when you are not with him.
  • After opening presents, be sure to completely clear the room of wrapping paper, elastic bands and so on to prevent your cat from nibbling at them.

As well as the physical dangers over the Christmas period, it can also be a stressful time for some cats... the excitement of visitors coming in and out of the house can be fun for some cats but stressful for others. 

It is always a good idea to make sure that your cat has somewhere to hide if he is feeling stressed out of nervous and consider using something like Feliway which is a great way to help calm stressed out pusscats.

For more comprehensive advice from a wonder Feline Behaviour Advisor, Debbie - check out this blog post


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