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Thanksgiving With Fluffy

November 15, 2018

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Kitties are definitely something for us to be thankful for. They keep us smiling, offer unconditional love, and are a source of cuddles and comfort in hard times. Just be sure to keep Fluffy’s comfort and safety in mind as the holiday approaches. A Salem, VA discusses Thanksgiving with cats in this article.


Your furball can definitely enjoy a special holiday feast. Canned tuna or chicken in water is a great treat for cats! Your kitty can also have some of that delicious turkey. Just be sure to only give your pet plain, cooked meat, without the skin, bones, or fat. Fluffy may also enjoy a bowl of sodium-free broth. Just keep in mind that many popular foods are toxic to cats. Never give your kitty chocolate; garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; pitted fruits; avocados; grapes, currants, or raisins; meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, or yeast; or anything that contains xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.


Some cats are very friendly and outgoing, and will spend the day hopping from lap to lap. Others will just sleep through the festivities. Some kitties, however, are very shy, and will bolt for their favorite hiding spots as soon as the doorbell rings. If your pet falls into the latter category, set her up in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, and bedding, and let her spend the day napping. If your cat struggles with anxiety or fear around guests, our ‘Behavioral Counseling’ services may help improve her comfort and confidence.


We recommend vacuuming thoroughly before your guests arrive. You may also want to change your air filters. To get Fluffy’s fur off your furniture and upholstery, try using a rubber squeegee, a rubber dish glove, or a damp sponge.


Never underestimate Fluffy’s ability to get herself into trouble! Candles are one concern here. It’s much too easy for a cat to knock one over, or stick her tail in a flame! Keep candles and potpourri burners in high spots that your pet can’t reach. Decorative items, like wreaths and garlands, can also be dangerous. Cats can also dash out an open door, or accidentally get stepped on. Keep a close eye on your kitty, especially as people are coming or going. For more detailed advice on keeping your pet safe during the holiday season, check out our article on ‘Keeping Your Pet Safe This Thanksgiving’

All of us here at Harris Animal Hospital, your Salem, VA vet clinic, want to wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving. Please contact us for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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