Make the Main Room Inviting
If kitty does decide to come out and investigate the scene, make sure it is as inviting as it can be.
“Keep in mind, even typical noises from clothes washers, furnaces or doorbells can trigger stress, anxiety and fear, so silencing or minimizing the use of these appliances can be beneficial,” says Crane. “Additionally, pay attention to the lighting and ambient temperature of the dedicated space, since fluorescence lights and cold temperatures make most cats uncomfortable.”
This is especially true when kitty is already stressed by strangers moving around and holiday cheer is changing his routine.
“If your cat has a friendly temperament and does not seem bothered by the holiday hubbub, there is no reason why Fluffy can’t interact with your guests,” says Bank.
In that case, Bank recommends supervising interactions and reminding your visitors to keep the door closed so the cat doesn’t escape.
“If there are young children, teach them how to pet a cat and supervise all interactions,” Bank says. “If your cat is not comfortable, give them a break in a quiet space.”