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Holidays With Fluffy

The holidays are officially in full swing! At this time of year, we see lots of adorable seasonal photos of kitties being extra cute … and often, extra frisky. Here, a local Norwalk, CA vet discusses holiday cat care.

Gifts

Don’t forget to get something for your kitty’s stocking! Catnip mice are a classic holiday gift, and will always be popular with our feline pals. You can also try something more modern, like catnip bubbles, robotic mice, or mechanical fish that ‘swim.’ Want to go all out? Get Fluffy a comfy new bed, a window seat, or some cat furniture.

Decorations

Keep Fluffy’s safety in mind as you are decorating. Seasonal plants, tinsel, ornaments, ornament hooks, electric lights, ribbons, and anything small or sharp can all be hazardous. Candles, fireplaces, and potpourri burners are dangerous as well. Place these things out of paws’ reach!

The Tree

In the wild, trees provide kitties with lookout points, nail care stations, safety, and shelter. In your living room, they’re basically just fun for Fluffy. Pick a tree with a sturdy base, and secure the top to the wall or ceiling with fishing line. Decorate the bottom part of the tree sparsely, using only sturdy ornaments that won’t break. You may also want to tire your cat out with fun play sessions, so she’s too tired to attack the tree.

Guests

If Fluffy is bold and outgoing, she may not bat an eye when you have company. Your kitty may even hop into your guests’ laps for cuddles and attention! More timid cats, however, will bolt for cover as soon as the doorbell rings. If you have a shy pet, put your scaredy-cat in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, a litterbox, and comfy bedding when you have visitors.

Treats

Canned tuna or chicken in water makes a great treat for your kitty. You can also offer Fluffy some cooked, plain meat, fish, or chicken, without the skin, bones, or fat. Sodium free broth, cat milk, and shredded deli meat are also fine.

Purrs

Spend some quality time with Fluffy over the holidays, and make sure she doesn’t feel neglected. There’s really no better way to enjoy a quiet holiday night than by settling in with a good seasonal book or movie, a hot beverage, and a purring cat.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, anytime.

Adopting a Senior Cat

November is Adopt a Senior Cat Month! This is one cause we are happy to support! We love seeing sweet older cats get a second chance at happiness. Here, Norwalk, CA vet discusses adopting senior cats.

Benefits of Adopting An Older Kitty

Senior cats have a very hard time getting adopted, which is very unfair. It’s a wonderful feeling to know you’ve saved an animal’s life! Fluffy is not only super sweet and lovable, she’s also very calm. Bonus: You won’t have to worry about your pet pouncing on your toes in the middle of the night, or knocking everything off your countertop.

Getting Prepared

Keep Fluffy’s age in mind when you go shopping. Choose a litterbox with low sides, which will be easy for her to get in and out of. Your pet will need some toys, but overall you’ll want to focus more on keeping her comfortable than keeping her entertained. If you get kitty furniture, choose pieces with a bottom level that is close to the ground. This will be easier for her to get on and off.

Helping Fluffy Settle In

Going to a new home is a big deal for a cat. Fluffy may need time to adjust. If you have other pets, make introductions slowly, over the course of several days. A few simple touches can help make your home more comfortable for her. Leaving a nightlight on after dark will help her get around at night. Pet ramps or stairs can also be beneficial.

Veterinary Care

A trip to the vet’s should definitely be on the agenda for that first week or so. Most likely, Fluffy will already be fixed, but you’ll want to make sure that she is microchipped and current on her vaccines and parasite control. A thorough exam is also a must. While you’re there, ask for tips on your cat’s diet and care needs.

Getting That Motor Started

Some cats will immediately make themselves at home, and hop into your lap on Day One. Other kitties are much more shy. Don’t force attention on your feline friend at first. Just focus on giving her good care. Toys and treats will help win her trust. You’ll have purrs and cuddles before you know it!

As your local Norwalk, CA vet clinic, we are happy to offer excellent veterinary care for senior cats. Please call us anytime!