I know a couple of people that are getting married this month. Although neither one’s pets are in the wedding party, increasing numbers of pet guardians are deciding their pets should be included in the special day.
Is your cat in your wedding? If so, here are some tips to help the day go smoothly:
- Make sure your cat’s role in your wedding is appropriate. Your cat won’t have a polished walk going down the aisle. If your cat will be part of the wedding procession, consider putting him on a leash or designate someone to carry or cart him down the aisle.
- Put someone in charge as a spotter. Designate someone to keep track of your cat and monitor the cat’s behavior.
- Consider your guests. Not all guests will be cat lovers, some may even be allergic to cats, so set some boundaries. If you think your cat might jump in the middle of the buffet at the reception, limit his participation to the wedding ceremony only.
- Groom your cat before wedding day. This will ensure your cat is putting his best paw forward, plus being freshly groomed will help reduce dander.
- Plan your cat’s attire. Although I’m not a huge fan of dressing cats, there are many tuxedos and formal dresses that come kitty-sized. If you’re planning to have your cat as a ring bearer, pillows are available to tie on his back. If planning to dress your feline in wedding attire, make sure he’s going to be okay with it, and if ordering his outfit, allow plenty of time for it to arrive prior to the wedding day.
- Have a quiet place designated for your cat. Wedding days can be stressful, and your cat may become overstimulated. Designate a safe, quiet place for your cat to relax so he doesn’t become frightened.
Did you get married recently and include your cat in your wedding? If so, we’d like to hear from you. Please leave a comment and let us know how things went on your special day.