Christmas is a stressful time for most cats, except for the very laid back ones. Strangers coming into the home, small children, loud noises from guests, and TVs, unusual smells from Christmas trees and holly and miseltoe, unusual food etc.
If you have a nervous cat, then give her a room where she can retreat, with litter tray, food and water. If she wants to come down and join the fun, let her. If not, not. Give her the choice. If she is very nervous install a Feliway diffuser in the room starting a week before Christmas.
Most cats are afraid of visiting dogs, even if they live with a familiar dog. In this case make sure she is shut away safely from the dog so that they never had to come face to face. After all this is her home, and she deserves to feel safe in it.
Chocolate is poisonous both to cats and dogs. Grapes and raisins are poisonous to dogs and probably to cat too. Turkey and chicken bones can get stuck in the throat or wound the stomach. Alcohol will lead to accidents such as falling off shelves, or, if a lot is taken, it can kill. It is not funny to give a cat alcohol: it is cruel.
CATS AND CHRISTMAS
Therefore shut away all food. Or shut away the cat. After all, you donâ€™t want to go into the kitchen and find cat nibble marks on the turkey.
String that ties up a turkey may be half swallowed. NEVER pull it out. Ring the emergency vet service and take their advice. This also applied to tapes, strings or anything that may end up half in and half out at either end. Just yanking can cause serious injury.
TREES AND DECORATIONS
Sometimes trees are marked by passing dogs cocking their legs. If this is so your cat may pee on the Christmas tree to cover up the doggy smell. Clean up as far as you can using enzymatic (biological) washing liquid 1/10 in lukewarm water, followed by scrubbing with surgical spirit.
Cats will also play with Christmas baubles and may pull down the tree. So make sure the tree is strongly fastened at the bottom and if it is a large one, add a fastening to a hook in the ceiling. Some people hang their tree upside down from the ceiling to keep it away from cats and other pets.
Pine needles and broken baubles can get stuck in paws and mouths. Keep an eye out for this.
DO NOT BUY A KITTEN AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT. Breeders and shops and dealers that sell kittens at this time of year are lousy breeders and you may get a diseased animal. Give the cat equipment as a present and follow up after Christmas by getting a kitten from rescue.