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“How To Prepare for the Holidays”

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With the holidays fast approaching, that means parties, family events and ultimately “guests”. Several cat lovers have emailed me asking for tips on how to deal with cats and guests.

You want your guests to have a good time but you don’t want to stress your cats. I totally understand. Cats have all types of personalities from being social to being very shy and scared. The social kitties tend to do fine during these festivities but other cats don’t. The music, laughter, lights on the tree, different people and smells can all be very stressful.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for a holiday festivity with your cats.

#1. First, consider what you want to do with your cat during the festivities. Would they be more comfortable locked in a quiet bedroom or would they prefer to roam the house.

If you choose the bedroom, make sure you have some quiet music or the TV on to block out some of the party noise. Some behaviorists recommend a product called Comfort Zone for Cats with Feliway. It is a plug in product that releases a pheromone scent that helps to calm cats. Make sure that your cats have plenty of food and water and a clean familiar litter box in the room.

#2. If you choose for them to roam the house during the party, the first rule is so obvious that it s frequently overlooked: Make sure all your guests know you have a pet in the first place. Make sure they know if the cats can go out (OR NOT) so they are careful around doors. To help prevent problems, you may want to contact all the guests yourself to tell them about your cat in the case of allergies.

#3. The second rule is to clean. Clean up cat hair and any cat odors. Vacuum and clean. You want to make sure your guests are comfortable.

#4. Recognize that not all people are cat lovers. You shouldn’t allow your cats to “beg” or jump on guests – unless the guest is welcoming it. If you see this happening, it may be time to put your cat in the bedroom.

I hope these tips will help you keep your cat and guests happy this holiday season!

Until next time…

Dr. Jon

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December 5, 2007 - Posted by | Holiday

2 Comments »

  1. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

    Comment by Idetrorce | December 15, 2007 | Reply

  2. Which part(s) do you not agree with? Any suggestions Idetrorce?

    Comment by pixiebobjournal | December 16, 2007 | Reply


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