Ask the Vet


Dear Dr. Schelling,

I am hosting Thanksgiving for the first time this year and although I am very excited to have all of my family and friends over, I'm worried about my cat Trouble. He can be a bit of a handful, hence the name, and I want to make sure that he'll be safe and comfortable with all the festivities that will be happening in my home that day. Is there anything I can do for him?

–Troubled Thanksgiving
Dear Troubled,

A "safety first" attitude and some not-too-difficult precautions will help you and your cat enjoy Thanksgiving and avoid mishaps caused by tempting unsafe food, cat-unaware guests, and dangerous decorative plants. This article focuses on Thanksgiving but also has general tips that are useful for the major holiday rush that follows.


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I will be traveling for the holidays this year and want to take my cat along because my parents have yet to meet their newest "granimal." Do you have any tips on how to make the trip for my cat a smooth one?


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Dear Linda,

I don't know too much about travel, I prefer to hang out around the office, but I asked a few Mews staffers and the first thing they said was book an appointment to see your vet to make sure your cat is in tip top shape to travel and don't forget to pack things that will make your cat comfortable like his bed and favorite toys for when you arrive at your destination. We've got lots of other tips in this article on traveling with cats.


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