Christmas with your cat

The holiday season is the perfect time to spend time with your friends and family. Unfortunately, your cat can experience these festive days as a real change. To get everything going smoothly in your home, discover our precious tips for a furry Christmas with your cat!

 

Installing Christmas decorations

The choice of Christmas tree is quite crucial since it represents a real danger for your cat. If you wish to opt for a natural fir tree, the Nordmann, should be preferred. It has the particularity of not losing its needles compared to Spruce.

Decorations should be chosen with caution. The use of plastic is highly recommended to avoid breaking certain hanging decorations! Many cats, especially kittens, are very attracted by the Christmas tree. Some love to climb to play with balls and tinsel… this is where you can say goodbye to your perfect Christmas tree well balanced in decorations and lights.

But don’t panic! There are two little natural tricks to repel cats:

    • The use of tinfoil: wrap the entire base of the fir tree with tinfoil. It’s a texture that cats don’t like at all!

 

    • The use of clementine peelings: put fresh clementine peelings at the base of the fir tree every day. Cats hate this smell!

 

The dangers of Christmas for my cat

 

There are certain dangers that your cat may face during the Christmas season. The owner of the animal must be aware of them and in case of emergency, you should not hesitate to go to the veterinarian.

 

Dangerous plants for your cat

Some plants that symbolize Christmas are to be banned in your home. The good reason? They are totally toxic for your pet. In case of ingestion, your cat can develop digestive and neurological disorders. In some cases, the animal can fall into a coma and die. 

 

  • Poinsettia.
  • Holly.
  • Mistletoe.
  • Yew.
  • Christmas rose.
  • Christmas Heather.

Prohibited foods for your cat

The preparation of traditional Christmas dishes can stimulate his appetite. Many of us are tempted to give our cat a bite to eat for the “little treat” of the holiday season. Error! Certain foods are not good for a cat’s health and can also cause digestive and neurological problems or even death.

  • Foie Gras.
  • Dark chocolate.
  • Smoked salmon.
  • Garlic.
  • Onion.
  • Grapes.
  • Chestnut. 
  • Turkey bones.
  • Alcohol.

 

How can I reduce my cat’s stress?

All this excitement (the voices of the guests, the Christmas carols, the children shouting…) is not easy for your cat. It is highly recommended to set up a room especially dedicated to your feline! Don’t hesitate to use a pheromone or essential oil diffuser to reassure him.

 

An article by Céline Taphaléchat.