As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, we humans will be busy decorating our homes, searching for new recipes and shopping for presents. During all this hustle and bustle, our cats have plenty of opportunities to get into mischief while exploring all the exciting new additions to the home. Here at Destiny Bengals, we recommend taking some extra precautions while preparing for the holiday season this year, to ensure that you and your kitten have a safe and happy winter together.
Although your furry friend probably loves the occasional house guest, a crowded room full of strangers may leave them a bit nervous. Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas brunch, we recommend setting up a quiet, cozy area where your cat can escape from the festivities if they become stressed. Place their litter box, bed and some of their favorite toys in a quiet room away from the party area to provide them a place to relax and nap away from the crowd.
Inquisitive in nature, cats are quickly attracted to the Christmas tree, strands of lights and decorative items placed about your house throughout the holiday months. As you begin decorating this year, we recommend placing your tree securely in its stand and using fishing line to keep it from falling. When decorating the tree, remember to place glass ornaments high on the tree where you cat will not be able to reach them.
For families who love the look of tinsel, we recommend choosing an alternative like garland. Bright and shiny, tinsel is extremely attractive to cats and can get caught in the digestive tract if swallowed. Also take care when placing lights around your home. Keep cords out of reach of pets to prevent electrical shock or burns, or use a product like Bitter Apple Spray to discourage chewing.
When it comes to holiday plants, a few of our favorites can have some toxic effects on our furry friends. Holly leaves and berries can cause nausea and diarrhea, while mistletoe can lead to cardiovascular problems. Instead of including live plants in your Christmas arrangements, consider artificial plants or a cat-friendly option from the ASPCA’s list of non-toxic plants.
For more holiday safety tips for your Bengal kitten, visit Doctors Foster and Smith Pet Education and the ASPCA. Interested in adding a Bengal kitten to your family this holiday season? Visit Destiny Bengals online to view our available kittens. Contact us via email at DBGM26@aol.com or by phone at 561-295-5195 to learn more about our cats. We hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season!