Christmas is a season of much merriment and celebration for all the family, but your cat may be of a different opinion. For the household cat, it can be a time of great disruption and upheaval, with plenty of visitors coming and going and a lot of loud and unwelcome noises. However, there are a number of things you can do to make sure that your cat’s Christmas is just as enjoyable as everyone else’s.
Make sure that your cat’s Christmas is as happy as that of everyone else in the family. Your cat doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about, so a little thought and sensitivity is needed on your part.
If Christmas Day in your house is as quiet as any other day of the year, your cat won’t have much to complain about. But if you’re planning one long party, with an endless stream of guests popping in and out and invading the cat’s territory – at least, that’s how the cat will see it – and a lot of noise, your cat might prefer it if you were to count him out of all the celebrations. Forget that silly present that you bought for the cat and tied with an extravagant bow under the Christmas tree – what he really wants is a bit of peace and quiet.
If you’re having a party and there are likely to be a lot of sudden loud noises – champagne corks popping and Christmas crackers, for example – your cat is not likely to enjoy this. Cats are social animals and they enjoy the company of people whom they know and trust, but they prefer their social interchange on a quiet, one-to-one basis and they’re not usually keen on strangers. It would therefore probably be better in this case to shut him securely in another room, where he will feel safe and out of the way of any loud and intrusive festivities.
- Give your cat plenty of reassurance: you don’t want him to think that this new atmosphere is a permanent state of affairs, especially if you are partying at the New Year as well.
- You should also keep your cat away from the decorations, as they may seem particularly tempting.
- According to myth, a mother cat gave birth to her kittens in the manger where the infant Christ was lying.
- If you’re planning any indoor fireworks at your Christmas party, remember that your cat might be alarmed by them so make sure he’s out of the room when you light them.
Many children will beg their parents for a kitten as a Christmas present. If you are going to grant their wish, think again about the timing as Christmas is not the best time to introduce a new pet to the household. It can be a very noisy and chaotic time, and this will not help the kitten feel safe and able to settle in.
Some cats enjoy snow and find it fun trying to catch snowflakes. But if your cat is old and sensitive to the cold, he may be reluctant to go out. In this case, provide a litter tray until the snow has cleared.
Some cats will try to climb the tree or play with the baubles. Exercise a little patience, even if some of the decorations get broken. Christmas should be fun for the cat too, so don’t lose your temper. Pine needles can hurt a cat’s paws, so clear them off the floor regularly.
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