How To Include Your Cat In Holiday Celebrations
How to Include Your Cat in Holiday Celebrations
It’s fun to include your cat in holiday celebrations. If you are traveling for the holidays, take your cat along with you. You can make the holiday stress-free for your cat by creating a safe space where your cat can retreat from the mayhem in your own home or at your holiday destination. You can also may any holiday special for your cat by making homemade holiday treats, buying your cat a gift, or dressing your cat up in a costume.
Taking Your Cat Along for the Holiday
Consider traveling by car.Traveling by car is a safe way to transport your cat to your holiday destination. You can make the trip go smoothly by placing your cat in a pet carrier and making sure you bring enough food and water for the cat. You should also take rest stops every two hours and use a leash during these breaks to let your cat defecate or urinate.
- Don’t ever leave your cat alone in the car.
Make sure your cat is prepared for air travel.If you decide to fly with your cat, you will need to make sure they have the proper health clearances including immunizations. If possible, fly with your cat in the cabin instead of cargo. Make sure you do not feed the cat for at least four hours before flying, and do not give it tranquilizers.
- Contact the airline to get details on the health requirements your cat must meet in order to travel.
Find a cat friendly hotel.If you are staying in a hotel for the holiday, you will need to make sure it is pet-friendly. Call the hotel before you book to find out the pet policy, and be aware that many hotels will charge an additional pet fee. You can also try renting a house or apartment through a site like Airbnb, which might make for a more comfortable holiday stay for your cat.
Arrange for your cat's stay with your holiday host.If you are staying with friends or family for the holiday, you will need to discuss the details of your cat's stay with them. Make sure they are comfortable with your cat staying at their home and ask them what you should bring to make the visit go as smoothly as possible.
Bring along the essentials.If you are taking your cat to your holiday destination, you will need to bring along its bed, food and water bowls, toys, treats, and enough food to last throughout the holiday. You will also need to take a litter box and litter for your cat. If you are flying, you can purchase these items once you arrive instead of packing them.
Providing a Safe Holiday Retreat
Designate a safe space for your cat.Cats can get overwhelmed when the house fills with holiday guests. Make your cat as comfortable as possible by designating a room or part of the house that can serve as a comfortable retreat from the holiday mayhem. For example, you can designate your office as a safe space.
Do not let your guests enter the space.It is important that your cat feels safe in its retreat space. Instruct your guests that they should not enter the retreat area. If your pet is comfortable with certain guests, you can allow them to enter the space with your approval.
Fill the space with comfort items.Place objects that comfort your cat in the space. For example, you can fill the space with warm blankets, your cat’s favorite toys, or a scratching post. These items will help your cat feel comfortable in the space.
Equip the space with essentials.Your cat’s comfortable holiday retreat should include all the items the cat needs to survive. You should place your cat’s bed, plenty of food and water, and the litter box in the space.
Provide entertainment for your cat.You should make sure your cat has plenty of ways to entertain itself while hanging out in the safe space. Place your cat’s climbing tree in the space. You can also give your cat puzzle toys or long lasting cat chews to keep it occupied.
Making the Holiday Special for Your Cat
Make your cat homemade holiday treats.You can make the holidays special for your cat by making homemade treats. Try creating some tasty tuna bites for your cat. You can also make cheese treats or holiday cat cookies with chicken. Each of these treats can be made by combining simple ingredients and cooking the treat on a stove or in the oven.
Buy your cat presents.No matter what holiday you are celebrating, you can make it special for your feline friend with a gift or two. Try giving your cat a new climbing tree, a puzzle toy, or a fancy cat bed. You can wrap the gifts and have your cat unwrap them for extra entertainment. For example, tear a small hole in the paper of the gift and then entice your cat to claw at the paper.
Dress your cat in a costume.Who doesn’t love a cat that is all decked out in a festive costume? You can make the holiday special by dressing up your cat. Try turning your cat into a lion for Halloween. You could also dress your cat up as one of Santa’s elves for Christmas. If you celebrate Easter, try an Easter bunny outfit.
- Make sure your cat is safe in its costume by avoiding outfits in which they could get their claws, legs, or heads stuck.
- Always supervise your cat when it is wearing a costume. This will prevent potential injuries that may result from costume malfunction.
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