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Holidays With TImid Cats

December 1, 2021

Do you have a scaredy-cat on your hands? If so, you may need to pay Fluffy some extra attention over the next few weeks, especially if you’re having a lot of guests. The holidays can be quite stressful for kitties … especially anxious ones. A Bend, OR vet offers some advice on keeping your feline friend happy, healthy, and safe over the holidays below.


Playtime

Playing can be very helpful in helping Fluffy work off any kitty angst she feels. This will let your pet work off some steam, just as a good run or kickboxing workout does for people. After she has tired herself out, your pet will probably be ready for a nap. To make things more fun and more challenging for your furry buddy, use toys you control, such as wand toys or laser pointers. 


Hiding Places

Cats are very small, and it doesn’t take much to set off their fight-or-flight instincts. Timid furballs are often more prone to the latter. Offer Fluffy spots to retreat to in every room. This can be a kitty condo, a spot under the couch, or a pet condo. 


Cat-Calming Products

Cat-calming products, such as sprays, can be a great help for hectic days. However, they usually aren’t meant to be given long term. Ask your vet for recommendations about using these.


Background Noise

Many cats get frightened by loud noises. If you are having a party, you may want to put Fluffy in a quiet back room. Make sure she has all of the kitty requirements, such as bedding, toys, and a litterbox, and turn a TV or radio on to mask the background noise. 


Gifts

No matter how shy or outgoing Fluffy is, she’ll appreciate a few presents. Toys make wonderful gifts for our feline pals! Be sure to get your furry little friend lots of fun toys. New beds and cat furniture are also great options for kitties. 


Cuddles

There is a caveat here: you should never force attention on a cat. However, if your furry pal wants to cuddle, by all means indulge her. Simply talking to Fluffy and just giving her a quick ear scratch as you pass her can help her feel loved and safe.

 

Happy Holidays from everyone here at Westside Pet Hospital, your Bend, OR vet clinic. Contact us for all of your timid cat’s veterinary care needs.

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