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Thanksgiving With Cats

November 15, 2020

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. The autumn holiday is a great chance to slow down and relax with our friends and family over some delicious food. Of course, your feline pal will be more than happy to join in on your celebrations. Read on as a pet clinic Virginia Beach,VA offers a few tips on keeping your kitty happy, healthy, and safe this Thanksgiving. 


Even the finickiest cat is going to be interested in that delicious turkey. Go ahead and make Fluffy a plate! You can also give your furball canned tuna or some shredded deli meat. Just don’t give her anything that isn’t safe. Some dangerous foods include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; meat on the bone; pitted fruits; avocado; chocolate; alcohol; caffeine; and anything containing xylitol or a lot of salt, sugar, or fat. Despite common misconceptions, dairy products also aren’t safe for kitties. 


Some cats will barely bother to open their eyes when guests start filling your home. Others will bolt for their favorite hiding spot as soon as the doorbell rings. (There are also furballs who seem to deliberately hone in on whoever is allergic to them, but that’s another topic.) Make sure that Fluffy has a comfy, quiet spot to retreat to if she gets overwhelmed. 


Keep your feline buddy in mind as you decorate. Candles, garlands, and anything small or sharp is a definite hazard for a kitty. Place these things out of paws’ reach. Keep in mind that Fluffy tries very hard to help her humans. She may thoughtfully try to lend a helping paw by leaving extra hair on your sofa. Vacuum and dust thoroughly. Use a rubber dish glove or a damp sponge to remove fur from upholstery. 


Kitties sometimes get underfoot. This can cause them to get stepped on. Fluffy could also be injured under a recliner. Pay attention to your cat, and keep her out of harm’s way.


Once everyone has left, spend some quality time with Fluffy. Settling in with some leftovers, a good movie, and a purring furball is a ‘purrfect’ end to a long day. Those affectionate cuddles are one of the many reasons that we are thankful for cats and the love and affection they show us.

Happy Thanksgiving! Please feel free to contact us, your veterinary clinic Virginia Beach,VA, anytime!

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