Keeping cats calm during the holidays

Ah, this time of year can be a flurry of visitors, more activity than usual, cooking, cleaning, shopping, and so much more. Do yourself a favor, keep your cat calm which in turn will make you calmer because you aren’t worrying about your cat’s nerves or possible naughty behavior.

Here are our tips:

Company is coming! How to train your guests and visitors to be cat friendly!

We sure love our guests. It’s fun to plan for them, to feed and water them, and create new experiences and memories. Some cats love having new people around, they can thrive on it. But for other cats it’s a disaster! “Who are these people and why won’t they leave?!” Their noise can be upsetting, their smells can be unfamiliar, they might bring a dog or children and heaven forbid they might sit in the cat’s favorite chair! The last thing we want is a stressed out cat – this can lead to vomiting, not eating, being a bit aggressive, or the worst of the worst: litter box avoidance.

Tips for training house guests which will help keep kitty calm and allow you to be the perfect hostess who enjoys your guests.

  • Visitors should be asked to not approach your cats. Let the cat’s curiosity kick in so that if your cats want to be petted it will be asked for.
  • No rough housing! No vigorous petting unless that’s something your cat likes.
  • Give your visitors a favorite Cat Faeries catnip toy so they can interact with the cat. The cat will view your catnip toting guest as a friend!
  • This may sound nutty, but it works. Make the visitor endearing to your cat via sense of smell. A spray or two of our Cat Faerie Catnip Mist on clothing works wonders! You can also give a spray or two of Comfort Zone with Feliway to clothing or shoes. Really! This works!
  • If your cat likes to hide in a back room, let it be. If the cat wants to join the holiday festivities, it should happen when the cat wants it, and on the cat’s terms.
  • Show children how to play gently with the cat. Children should know to not bother a hiding, sleeping or eating cat. Loud exclamations like “THAT CAT IS SO CUTE!” can frighten a cat who’s not used to hearing loud voices.
  • If you’ve got several Comfort Zone with Feliway Diffusers, place them all in the room that your cat spends the most time in. The beauty of the diffusers is that you can move them around.
  • Don’t change the cat’s feeding times. Even a half hour can worry or upset a cat.

To help make your cat more comfortable during holidays, plug in a Comfort Zone with Feliway Diffuser a day or two in advance. The diffuser will last for four weeks (so you may need more than one to keep your cat comfortable through the festivities), and helps your cat adjust to a changing environment. Stress behavior (vertical scratching, urine spraying, etc.) is usually a result of stress, and using Comfort Zone products with Feliway can help keep your cat happy and your home safe. Feliway is used and recommended by veterinarians nationwide.

Cat Faeries recommends:

Comfort Zone with Feliway – DIFFUSER
Plug it in and forget about it (until 4 weeks later when it’s time to install another refill of the pheromone) Fills a 600 square foot room with the calming scent. You may need two per room which is a good idea especially this time of year.

The Spray
The Comfort Zone with Feliway Spray makes it easy for you to go from room to room and spot treat furniture and other surfaces putting the calming pheromone right on places that the cat likes to sit or rest. It will also deter urinating or spraying urine.

Calm and Serene Flower Essence Formula for Cats
A few drops of this magic liquid in the water bowl or in food works wonders to calm down a cat. You can also rub a few drops on ears and top of the cat’s head.

Moves and Changes Flower Essence Formula for Cats
This formula will be helpful if your visitors will be staying for awhile! Cats don’t like change, even if it’s Aunt Martha who’s occupying the spare room for a few weeks! Even moving furniture around for the holiday can upset an otherwise calm cat.

Calm and Serene and Moves and Changes are on sale!

They’ve been marked down on our website.

Celebrating Black Cats in October!

“Yum Yum, that witch was so tasty that all that’s left is her hat!”

Our delightful customer Kate sent this darling photo of her cat with one of our catnip witch’s hats. We just had to share it with you!

For the month of October 2014, we celebrate black cats. We will be donating 1% of our sales to several black cat rescue groups. Shop with Cat Faeries – help black cats!

Do you have a gorgeous black cat or two? Send us their photos! Videos too! We’ll post them on Pinterest, our October newsletters, and on Facebook. Send them to catfaeries@catfaeries.com and put the words Photos for Pinterest in the subject line.

Black cats are the hardest for rescue groups to adopt out and place in loving homes. They are euthanized more than any other color cat because of silly and antiquated superstitions. Let’s help raise money to support the various black cat rescue groups in the US. Do you know of one? Tell us who they are! We love black cats! We love all cats!

To go with your new catnip witch’s hats we also have catnip pumpkins and Indian corn!

To some cats, every day is Halloween!

Catnip toy grab bag: 25% off!

Eat your vegetables! Make friends with hamsters and bunnies! Be nice to those mice! And put your toys away!

Well now, most cats just simply won’t be told what to do, but that’s ok, we’ve got a great grab bag (our surprise, we’ll choose!) of catnip play toys which will give any cat many healthy romps around the house chasing them!

Order our grab bag assortment of 4 toys and we’ll have big fun picking them out. Until the mail person comes you won’t know what the cat faerie waved her wand over to surprise! Mysteries and surprises are FUN! And because we are Cat Faeries there might even be something brand-spankin-new which no one has seen yet!

The grab bag of 4 toys is marked down on the website. Buy as many as you like, and remember you can order just cat toys to get free shipping! This special fun-tastic sale goes through Midnight Monday September 1st in honor of Labor Day, a holiday that no cat can relate to or understand… labor? At what? Cats do not work! But cats will celebrate any holiday – with toys!

25% Off New Catnip Indian Corn!

Our Catnip Indian Corn is brand new and it’s on sale until Monday (August 18th) at 25% off!

This is the purrfect toy to get all cats and kittens ready for Autumn’s long awaited nip in the air! And as always, this toy is filled with our legendary super-potent catnip.

FREE SHIPPING WHEN YOU ORDER ONLY CAT TOYS!

Some Favorite Catnip Cat Toys Back in Stock

New Catnip Toys – Broccoli Floret & Indian Corn

Catnip Broccoli Floret

Adding to our whimsical collection of catnip vegetables we announce the arrival of Broccoli! While no self respecting cat would (or should?) eat broccoli this round Broccoli Floret will surely make any cat very happy!

Catnip Indian Corn

The same shape as our popular yellow corn cobs. This print will have you thinking about Autumn with its nice nip in the air!

Does your cat go too wild from catnip? We are happy to special order any of our cat toys without catnip inside. Place your order for the toys that you want. Use COMMENTS to ask that we have toys made for you without any catnip. Please allow 4 weeks to get the toys to you.

FREE SHIPPING WHEN YOU ORDER ONLY CAT TOYS!