You’ve got a big weekend planned: friends, family, turkeys. Amid the fun, however, lurks holiday trouble for cats. Make it a safe and happy Thanksgiving for all family members, furred or otherwise, by keeping tabs on eight key things on behalf of cats.
1. Skip Scraps. Sudden diet changes can cause an upset stomach, and feeding cats greasy foods and sweets can overwhelm their digestive systems, causing vomiting and diarrhea. Cooked turkey bones can splinter and if ingested, can cause serious injury to a cat’s intestinal tract.
2. Disguise Dough. While baking, keep dough away from cats. When cats eat dough, a cat’s body heat causes the dough to rise and expand, which can result in abdominal pain, bloat, vomiting, disorientation and depression, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
3. Fight Fat. In addition to health risks, extra treats can add unhealthy pounds to a cat’s frame. Keep cats’ nutritional goals in mind to avoid holiday weight gain.
4. Greet Guests. Inform your guests of the house rules. Let visitors know about feeding cats table scraps, treats and allowing cats to jump on furniture in an effort to keep cats safe and on-track with their normal routines.
5. Curb Candles. Cats who bump into furniture or swiftly run past a candle might knock it over and start a house fire. Keep candles in a location where cats cannot get near them.
6. Obscure Ovens. OK, that was a stretch; basically we want you to close oven doors quickly. A cat looking for a warm place to hide might investigate the oven.
7. Tuck in Trash. Cats may try to get into the trash and dig for holiday leftovers. Keep trash lids tightly closed and in locations where they can’t be tipped over.
8. Keep Tabs on Kitty. With holiday visitors coming and going, cats have ample opportunity to escape through the front door. In the event cats do get out, make sure all their identification tags and vaccinations are up-to-date.
Step up the precaution and you’ll set your table for an awesome Thanksgiving. Enjoy!