Season's Heedings

Follow these tips to keep your cats happy and safe during the holidays.

By Peggy Scott | Posted: Tue Nov 2 00:00:00 PST 2004

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Provide "a quiet, safe room away from the chaos where kitty can escape," Angeli said. "A place where people won't be upsetting them. Close the door and turn on a radio or TV for background noise. It's comforting because they don't feel alone." 

"Make their room fun," Hunthausen added. "Put a few new toys in there and hide treats for them to find."

Have Cat, Will Travel
If you're the visiting guests this holiday season and kitty will join you, remember that the trip is a different experience for four-legged travelers.

"The pet has to travel in a carrier under the seat, never in cargo," Hunthausen said firmly. "Pheromone sprays used in the carrier can help with anxiety. And make sure I.D. information is taped to the cat's collar tags can get caught on things."

Angeli pointed out that travel can be stressful for pets not used to it. "Cats are usually not big lovers of travel or change. It's probably best to have someone visit them and take care of them at home."

At home or away, the keys to cat holiday safety are attentiveness, prevention and, quite possibly, imagination. "Put yourself in the cat's skin and think what might get you into trouble," Hunthausen said.

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