As a pet sitter in Mesa, AZ, I often receive last minute pet sitting requests around the holidays. Clients sound flustered and stressed on the phone. Excited to visit with family, that they may not have seen in years, nervous about leaving home and their pets behind, stressed that they waited till the last minute to book their pet sitting services.
In order to help relieve some of that stress, we have compiled a guide to a stress free Thanksgiving holiday. These tips can be used whether you are staying home and entertaining or leaving to visit with friends and family in another state.
Typically a post like this will offer information about keeping your DOG safe (which we will cover later). Let’s not forget our kitties! Here are some tips on how to keep your cats safe and happy.
Whenever we are decorating our homes for the festive holidays, we need to keep our cats in mind. They are able to jump to higher places and are extremely interested in things that move.
If you decorate with potted plants on tables and shelves, don’t forget that our feline friends can easily access those areas. There are plants that are toxic to cats, like, poinsettia sap, mistletoe, lilies, daffodils and narcissi.
Ribbons, tinsel and other string-like decorations are fun for cats and can be played with “UNDER SUPERVISION”. However, if swallowed, these “toys” can cause intestinal blockage or cut through the intestinal wall. Words of wisdom from our friends at Augusta Ranch Animal Hospital, “Don’t even encourage this kind of play.”
Like to include your feline friend in the mealtime feasts? Only small amounts of lean meats…check out the suggestions by our friends at Augusta Ranch Animal Hospital.
Mealtime may be the most common way for humans to indulge their pets during the Thanksgiving holiday season. If you like to offer table scraps to your dog might I suggest doing so in their food dish on top of or mixed in with their regular food, NOT from the table. Sharing table scraps from the table tells your dog it’s okay to beg, which turns into a whole other problem. Also, a sudden change in diet that includes rich foods may cause diarrhea and vomiting.
ATTENTION COUNTER SURFERS: If you leave an uncooked loaf of bread on the counter allowing it to rise, and your dog is a counter surfer (or has tendencies) BEWARE. In the warmth of your dog’s stomach the bread can continue to rise causing a complete obstruction that your dog will be unable to pass.