Guest post by World’s Best Cat Litter™.
The holiday season is in full swing, and all that hustle and bustle doesn’t just stress out us humans – it can also take a toll on your cat. But, fear not. With these seven tips, you can keep your cat purr-fectly relaxed this winter, and all year long!
1. Keep their routine consistent.
Don’t let a change in your schedule create a change in that of your pet. Cats, especially older ones, cope better with stress when they have a routine they can stick to. So if you normally feed or walk your cat at certain times of the day, you should try to stick to the same schedule.
2. Create a safe space in your home.
If you’re planning a party or expecting house-guests, make sure to give your cat a safe and quiet place to retreat to in a favorite part of the home. A lot of new people can be overwhelming for your cat, so ask your guests to not disturb your cat in her sanctuary.
3. Offer an escape path.
If you live in a smaller home, or your cat doesn’t enjoy being holed up in one room, make sure he has a clear route to navigate around your home, especially when you have visitors. Take special care to make sure the path to the litter box is never blocked!
4. Give them a litter that makes things easier for you both.
While we’re on the topic of litter, choosing the right litter is one easy way to keep stress levels down for both you and your cat. Pick a product that provides outstanding odor control, quick clumping and easy scooping, such as World’s Best Cat Litter™. Because it’s made with the concentrated power of whole-kernel corn, World’s Best Cat Litter™ lets you do more with less. That means fewer trips to the store and more time enjoying the holidays with your cat.
5. Try to create a cat-proof Christmas tree.
While it’s nearly impossible to guarantee your cat won’t find a way to cause mischief, there are ways to prevent some of the most common Christmas tree accidents. To avoid broken glass, choose plastic or shatterproof ornaments, and hang them securely and out of your cat’s reach. Spraying ornaments or decorations with apple bitters or citronella can keep your cat from chewing or playing with them, as will covering electrical cords with cardboard tubes or plastic. Avoid tinsel, which is dangerous for their digestive system, and note that plants such as holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias can be poisonous to our feline friends.
6. Make time to play.
Pent-up energy can fuel anxiety, so playing with your cat is a great way to help her burn off stress. Get some toys, hide treats around the house, do some chasing, or even go for a walk – if your cat is up for it.
7. Be prepared for travel.
If you plan to travel with your cat over the holidays, take some precautions to make the ride smoother. For example, get a secure and comfortable carrier that your cat is able to move around in, and take some test drives to get your cat used to the carrier and your vehicle. Practice having your cat climb into the carrier at home and give her a treat each time she does, so she associates it with something positive. To keep her comfortable in a new place, make sure to bring along her normal, bedding, bowls and toys, and give her a safe spot to hang out in.
Most importantly, make sure to give your cat lots of love and affection! If you’ve taken all these steps but still notice your cat isn’t acting normally (e.g. not eating or using the litter box as often as usual), contact your veterinarian, as this may be a sign of more severe cat stress.