Alright guys it’s finally Christmas time! I am not going to bum everyone out with a bunch of warnings about how your kitty could get seriously injured or die during this festive holiday season. Instead this will be a post about how to have a fun Christmas tree that both you and kitty can enjoy!
Ok so here are things to consider
2. Where to put it
3. What to put on it
Ok so first, it doesn’t really matter if the tree is real or fake. If it is real though, make sure kitty stays away from the water. It is not safe to drink! If it is fake, like mine, it contains led. Don’t let kitty chew on it!
So anyway, height! Tall or short, just expect kitty to climb on it, play with the branches etc. Just be ready for that! If you don’t want your tree attacking kitty or you, you may want to anchor it. Blot it to the wall or have some nice heavy duty weights attached to the bottom of the tree.
Well if you don’t want to anchor your tree, maybe considering where to put it or the cat is a better option. If the tree is just to tempting for kitty, put the tree in a room that kitty can’t have access too. You won’t get cute pictures of kitty napping under the tree, but kitty won’t be eating it either. Even if kitty and tree are in the same room, you know that thing is falling down at least once, at some point. So make sure there is nothing the the tree or cat will crash into that will break, break your heart (precious heirlooms) or cause further injury.
Finally what to put in the tree. Personally we have way too many ornaments that we love too much to see broken or chewed up. So we have kept those back and instead used our homemade origami crane ornaments we used the first year my husband and I lived together and a few strings of lights. Still meaningful and sentimental but can be lost to cat teeth and paws.
If you want more festive ornaments try to choose ones that can’t easily break on impact or be swallowed by curious kitties. Avoid hanging ornaments with sharp metal hooks instead try to use plastic hooks, string or ornaments that can rest on the branches. Also avoid tinsel.
Christmas lights are ok, just make them less appealing to kitty by spraying bitter spay on them.
Or finally go cat crazy and make a cat friendly Christmas tree! Decorate the tree this year with cat toys! Many cat toys have fun festive colors and who cares if kitty knocks down an ornament!
Happy Holidays from Better Kitty Spa!
Yup the big day is almost here! Turkey with all the trimmings, menorah, latkes and dreidels. It will be tons of people and tons of fun!
Well for almost everyone in your family, except kitty. Kitty may not like all the people or may wish to try and put the candles out on the menorah. So keep kitty safe this year with a few helpful tips!
1. Have a safe place for kitty ready ahead of time. Like a nice warm bedroom that is quiet and away from the crowds and noise. Make sure kitty has plenty of water, cuddly stuff and a place to go potty. Also don’t make the safe for kitty the garage. The garage has tons of hiding places and things kitty probably shouldn’t be around.
2. Don’t let kitty outside. There are extra cars and people in the neighborhood, this means more chances for kitty to get hurt or scared.
3. Don’t give kitty any human food. Onions, garlic and all kinds of other things can make kitty sick. Instead, give kitty a nice can of turkey based cat food.
4. Keep all candles and tempting decorations away from kitty. If kitty is in it’s own safe room this should not be a problem. Make sure when the festivities are over and everyone has gone home. All is cleaned up and candles are out before kitty is allowed to roam the house again.
5. If you are traveling this time of year make sure to remember kitty. Keeping kitty at home safe and having someone to come over and check on it periodically is the easiest way to keep kitty safe and happy!
That’s it! Enjoy the holidays!
Last week, I found little droplets of blood in the stool of one of my kitties. At first I was terrified. Certain that my kitties have eaten something they shouldn’t have and now it was poking holes on their insides!
In distress, I took out some rubber gloves and a paper plate and went looking for any foreign pokey objects in their feces. Finding nothing my anxiety rose a bit more and I called the vet to get their soonest appointment. During the brief talk I had with the vet receptionist, she asked me if there was any other signs that my kitties were sick. I had to tell her no, oddly they seemed just fine. They were their; happy, bouncy, demanding food, pets and everything else normal kitty selves?
Then I talked to my husband to let him know what was going on. He remained very calm (thank you!) and did a quick search on the internet. It turns out that this amount of blood in cat stool is NOT necessarily an immediate concern.
As you can see from this article:
Constipation is a frequent cause of the level of blood in my cats’ stool. Since they did not display any other signs of loss appetite, lethargy, straining etc. My husband and I decided to give them some kitty constipation medicine and see if the issue passed. Sure enough it did!
This just shows how important being mindful of the cat box, just not cleaning it, but really looking at what’s in there is important to maintaining a cat’s health, by catching potential dangers early, then knowing what to do about them.
Here is another article by Little Big Cat that explains more in detail causes of kitty constipation, how to prevent it and what to do about if it becomes a more serious problem.
Remember a good cat box like
is essential to monitoring a cat’s health as well as making going to the potty more comfortable for kitty!