Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Cats and Christmas Tree Safety

Cats and Christmas Tree Safety by Tricia Drammeh

Image courtesy of pixabay
Cat owners (AKA: humans owned by cats) understand the struggle: You put up your Christmas tree and bedazzle it with ornaments (some of which are fragile and precious), only to face the disappointment and disaster caused when your feline friend decides to check out the cool, new household decorations. As an experienced cat companion, I’ve experienced crashing ornaments a time or two. I’ve even had our two cats get into a fight in the tree, sending it crashing to the ground.

To keep your cat and your Christmas tree safe, here are a few tips that might help:

  1. Anchor the tree to the wall. Some hardware stores sell kits for this purpose, but you can also use fishing line and screws to anchor the top of your tree to the wall. 
  2. Consider skipping the fragile keepsake ornaments in favor of plastic ornaments that won’t shatter when they fall.
  3. Do NOT use tinsel. Cats love to play with tinsel, but if they eat it, it can cause a digestive blockage.
  4. Buy fake poinsettias. Real poinsettias are poisonous to cats, so buy artificial Christmas flowers in order to keep your kitty safe.
  5. Cover the tree water. If you have a live tree, cover the tree water to keep your cat from drinking it. Tree preservatives can contain pesticides and other chemicals.
  6. Spray the tree. Some cats will chew on pine needles, which can cut their tongues or even cause digestive issues. To prevent your cat from chewing, you can spritz your tree with no-chew spray that you can buy from the pet store, or ask your vet what they would recommend. 

Some silly bonus tips:

Hire a guard. Our cat won’t go anywhere near our large Christmas tree due to our “hired” guard dog, Tasha:

Get your cat his own tree. Pouncer has his own Christmas tree he likes to curl up under. He’s only knocked it down a couple of times (so far):

Keep your cats restrained. Pixel will never break free of this indestructible wrapping paper. Never!

I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable holiday season! 


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