Ho, ho, ho, dearest cat lover, can you believe it’s December? The holiday season is upon us and let me tell you a secret: cats don’t care about it (except maybe the treats).
The truth is we don’t really understand what a holiday is but we do know things are more stressful and different. We have back-to-back turkey holidays and many folks are either travelling or entertaining. That means CHANGE in schedules and our home environment and I’ve never met a cat that likes that.
My most urgent and #1 tip today is PREPARE in advance. Layla was chatting with a pet sitter pal who said she is booked months in advance and to not make last minute pet sitting plans.
These are a few things that happened to us over the Thanksgiving holiday to illustrate how even tiny changes can be jarring to cats.
Be kind, respectful and thoughtful to all living beings but especially us cats!
- I’m lucky to live a peaceful life in a quiet neighborhood so imagine my horror when on Thanksgiving morning I awoke to the sound of a man screaming bloody murder. No murder just a rowdy game of touch football by the neighbors’ kids home from college.
- Unusual smells at unusual times, like Layla baking a cake at midnight to bring to friends.
- There is usually at least one human at home at all times, but they left us cats all alone for hours!
- Our gardening boys usually come on Thursdays but that was Thanksgiving. It scared Domino when they showed up unexpectedly on Saturday with their infernal ear blasting leaf blowers. Don’t they know cats can hear about five times greater than humans especially at a high frequencies.
- I used to like visitors but don’t anymore. Odin is friendlier, but Domino and Nou Nou hate strangers. Layla’s step-daughter arrived with her new boyfriend for a visit. It’s amazing how even a couple guests can ramp up the volume. The lovely and talented boy is a music teacher and soon the house was filled with the sound of piano. No one plays our baby grand and it was out of tune. Live music is loud. The vibrations rankled my bones and Domino refused to come indoors until everyone left. He hid under the bed afterwards for good measure.
- The only cat who enjoyed the T’Day perks was Nou Nou who went berserk over turkey leftovers. Cooked turkey is much saltier than normal cat food so give it sparingly. And no cooked bones! Raw is okay but cooked bones can splinter creating a choking hazards for cats.
Whew and that was only the beginning of the holiday season. Layla thinks humans need more tips (I agree) and suggests 5 Holiday Survival Tips Written By Cats
I’d forgotten about that gem I’d written for Catster. The advice holds up but I might want to add a few more tips. Wow, I even made graphics. That never happens anymore. Images are usual stock. I’m sure the ad revenue generated from this piece since 2015 is substantial. Sometimes I regret not placing ads here but I hate the reading experience with ads, don’t you?
One welcome change was the weather. I enjoyed some outdoor post turkey time with my mom. Best of all, some furbro love from Domino who also makes some mean biscuits. Oh dear these old videos awful but precious.