The holidays are here. When we start planning the celebrations, let’s not forget about our cats. We like to pamper our cats just as much as we like to pamper each other – or in some cases through
The holidays are here. When we start planning the celebrations, let’s not forget about our cats. We like to pamper our cats just as much as we like to pamper – or in some cases overdo – with ourselves this season, but when it comes to our furry friends, it’s important to keep in mind what’s best for their overall health. . Here are some ways to keep your cat active during the holidays.
- Give your cats interactive gifts
Give your cat interactive toys this holiday season – just watch your cats around ribbons and wrapping paper! Photo by Lubava / Shutterstock.
Everyone loves to receive gifts – including cats. The question is what do they like? Cats are not only sophisticated about their food, but are also more challenging when it comes to finding toys they like. Cats are natural hunters and love to chase moving objects, so finding anything they can chase will be a pleasure for them. My cats (and I have quite a few) like to chase laser light on the floor or wall (just be sure to give them a toy to “kill” at the end of the laser game!). They also love to play with mouse-shaped toys that the house draws inside, creating a fun, tasty and active cat and mouse game!
- Encourage playing time
As challenging as finding the perfect toy is trying to get your cats to play sports – especially during the busy holiday season. Enjoy the exercises by giving them a designated indoor play area with objects to help them move, such as a high scratch or climbing steps. Encouraging play time not only keeps your cats busy while you are busy with holiday craziness, but keeping our furry friends in top shape all year round.
- Beware of holiday dangers
Take some precautions when it comes to holiday items that are not safe for cats. Cats love string and will look for ribbons, tinsel and cords for holiday decorations. If swallowed, these can cause serious damage to the gut.
Another common danger to cats that many people do not immediately think of is candles. Cats are intrigued by flickering flames, which often like to pat. Do not leave cats unattended near any flames! Fireplaces too, for that matter.
- Feed (and treat) your cats properly
The best way to prevent cats from eating what they shouldn’t during the holidays, and to help cats stay active during the holidays, is to provide them with a good, healthy diet to enjoy. One thing to keep in mind when it comes to cats is that they are obligated carnivores, unlike dogs, which means they need protein that comes from animal sources. I personally feed my cats high in protein. When looking for the right food for your cat, you should look for one that indicates the source of animal protein as the main ingredient.