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Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas is coming! Six Tips to Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree

Hello everyone. This is Lexy checking in with some very important holiday information. Christmas is a very festive time of year with a lot of decorations, the biggest one being your Christmas Tree. Christmas trees are oh so pretty, but can be oh so dangerous for kitty.  I’ve got six simple tips that will keep your cat safe, while your tree still looks festive, this Christmas. 

Opt for an artificial tree.

Did you know an artificial tree is safer for your cat than a real tree? The pine needles on a real tree are not only dangerous (they can puncture internal organs if ingested), they are toxic.  If you do opt for a real tree, make sure the stand has plenty of water to prevent it from drying out.  The water in the tree’s bowl is also unsafe for your cat, so try keeping it covered with the tree skirt to deter kitty’s temptation to taste it. 

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Lola's first Christmas at home.

Make sure the tree is secure.

You can do this by anchoring the tree to the wall with a wire and taping with base with duct tape to the floor so it’s not easily knocked over. If possible, try not to have the tree next to shelves or furniture that your cat could use as a launching pad to pounce on the tree.  

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Lexy's first Christmas at home

Skip the tinsel. 

Tinsel can gather in your cat’s intestines and cause a blockage. A better alternative? Strands of beads. Mother uses these on our tree instead of tinsel, and they’re very pretty. 

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Avoid glass ornaments.

Decorate your tree with non-breakable ornaments. Glass shards can cause lacerations on the mouth, or worse yet, severe intestinal damage.  If you do use glass ornaments, place them high up on the tree out of your cat’s reach. Speaking of ornaments, hooks can also be dangerous. Alternatives are using twine or ribbon to tie them to the tree. It’s also a good idea to not have very small ornaments that can be easily ingested. 

Use caution with lights.

Electrical cords can pose a danger for cats who chew them.  Make sure the lights are secured to the branches and are not dangling to reduce temptation. Keep in mind that some larger lights can get hot and could cause a burn.  Remember to unplug lights when not in use and pet proof your extension cords with a chew safe cord cover like this or a Pecord Pawtec like this.  

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Be mindful of gifts and wrappings. 

Beautifully wrapped presents under the tree may add to the holiday d├ęcor and increase the Christmas spirit, but ribbons are a hazard for cats. Ribbons are exciting and we may think they are a fun toy.  But ingestion could result in emergency surgery. When leaving gifts under the tree it’s best to avoid ribbons or other decorations that could be chewed or swallowed. 

I hope these tips are helpful.  Do you have anything to add to the list? Is your cat mischievous with the Christmas tree? 

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  1. These are great tips! Sadly, we probably won't have time to put up our (fake) tree this year.

  2. Thanks for the tips. While we've never knocked the tree down, Ernie has climbed in it and has broken more than one branch.

  3. Well, it looks like we're about 50/50. The newbies aren't going to see the tree this year though.

  4. All excellent tips. We have an artificial tree, no tinsel or garland (mom doesn't like it), no glass ornaments, and no ribbons or bows on presents. We do have lights, but I've never showed any interest on chewing on electrical cords. Our tree is small, so even if it did fall over no one would get hurt. You're both very cute in your christmas photos.

  5. Excellent tips. I love this photo of Lola.

  6. Great tips, Lexy. We love the pictures of you and Lola on your first Christmases at home :)

  7. All great tips and very important!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  8. Already knocked ours down this year BUT... In my own defence, the decorations weren't up yet. The peep was still workin' on gettin' the tree up. And REALLY, I was tryin' to help. purrs


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