Holiday Stress and How To Help Your Cat

Not every cat is excited about Christmas.

The holiday season brings lots of changes to our home environment.  Many of us decorate with exciting new things, cook different foods and have a flurry of visitors to celebrate our respective holidays.  While humans look forward to this time of year, it can be a tough season for our cats.

Some cats love your friends and relatives. But for many cats, house guests are a source of fear, anxiety and stress (FAS.)  Just being aware of this is the first step in easing your cat through this season.  

If your cat is shy, don’t force them to be a part of your festivities.  In fact, your shy cat will appreciate being given a safe space to hide away from the crowd.  You can help by providing more hiding places in your cat’s favorite places to spend time.  This can be a simple as a cardboard box, turned on its side with a cozy towel inside or as elaborate as a fancy new enclosed/covered cat bed.  

Is your cat very fearful?  If your cat is comfortable spending time in a room where you can close the door to visitors, do it.  Don’t forget to provide water, food and an additional litter box. 

So, give your cat the gift of a quiet place, made just for him/her, to enjoy the holiday.  

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