Thanksgiving With Cats

As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us are anticipating spending the autumn holiday enjoying some delicious food with our families, and perhaps watching a little football. Your feline friend may also have some special plans for Turkey Day! Read on as a Wake Forest, NC vet discusses Thanksgiving with cats.

Guests With Allergies

If you’re expecting company, and one or more of your guests is allergic to kitties, you may want to make a few extra preparations to keep them comfortable. Vacuuming and dusting thoroughly, and changing your air filters, will cut down on the amount of dander and fur in your home. To remove pet hair from upholstered furniture, try using a squeegee, a damp sponge, or a rubber dish glove: these things work really well! Setting out some OTC allergy meds and a few boxes of tissues is a thoughtful gesture. Finally, give Fluffy a thorough brushing. A good grooming session will capture any dead fur with a brush before it gets stuck to everything. (Note: your cat will probably gravitate to the person that is most allergic to her.)


As your company arrives, you may designate a spare room as a place for them to put their coats and purses. If you do, there’s a good chance that Fluffy will immediately curl up on someone’s jacket for a nap. We recommend keeping that door closed.


While some kitties are super finicky eaters, others will eat, well, pretty much anything. You can offer your cat some cooked, plain turkey, chicken, fish, or meat, as long as you remove the bones, skin, and fat first. Never give your pet chocolate; grapes, currants, or raisins; raw dough or meat; garlic and onions; or anything that contains xylitol. Ask your vet for more information


Some cats are very shy, and will immediately bolt for cover when the doorbell rings. If your feline friend is a scaredy-cat, put Fluffy in a quiet back room with food, toys, and a comfy bed. On the other end of the spectrum, we have cats that are super friendly and affectionate. Fluffy may spend the afternoon hopping from lap to lap. Keep an eye on your pet during dinner: if someone gets up, your kitty may hop into the empty chair!

Enjoy your holiday! Please contact us, your local Wake Forest, NC animal clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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