Thursday, December 11, 2014

Alleviate Holiday Stress for your Family Felines

With Christmas just a few weeks away, life can be crazy in December.  As special as Christmas is, this
season is also filled with lists and errands and company and chaos.  Lets consider this time of year from your cats point of view:  favorite furniture moved to make room for a tree, bright lights flashing, scented candles, strangers visiting, doorbells ringing, things out of place -WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE!

Help your cats survive the holidays.   Start with Feliway!  Feliway is an amazing product specifically made to manage feline stress.  If you have not used it, you owe it to your cat to have some on hand for stressful times (like the holidays!). 

Feliway is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone, used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure.  By mimicking the cat’s natural facial pheromones, Feliway creates a state of familiarity and security in the cat's local environment.
As a result, Feliway can be used to help comfort and reassure cats while they cope with a challenging situation and help prevent or reduce the stress caused by  changes in their environment.  FAQ about Feliway

I recommend Feliway for a variety of stressful situations:  travel (to the vet), new baby, remodeling, moving, new pet, and especially holidays.  It also works well in the treatment of territorial aggression and urine marking. It is simple to use, and will really make a difference in your cats happiness!

 ** Create safe zones  in your house so that when your cat is stressed, they can "hide" in the safe zone, where there is no chaos and minimal noise.   This is as simple as adding several cardboard boxes under the bed or in a quiet closet.
 ** Offering food and water dishes in multiple locations will eliminate the need for kitty to venture into the chaos of the holiday spirit if they are hungry.       **Remember to add "play with the cat" and "groom the cat" to your holiday list of daily tasks.

Stress and anxiety can lead to medical issues like cystitis, loss of appetite, dehydration.  Being aware of how much your cat is eating and drinking daily is valuable information during stressful situations.   Any changes should be closely watched and reported to your veterinarian.

The holidays are a special time for many of us.  Finding quiet time for your felines will allow them to adapt to the temporary craziness in their house, and will also help you relax and enjoy the little things that you love so much about having a pet.
 Happy Holidays to both you and your feline friends from my family and felines.  Stay warm, travel safely, and remember the Feliway!

Dr. Maureen Flatley
Fox Valley Cat Clinic