12 Do's and Don'ts For A Cat-Friendly Christmas!
... Or other non-secular holiday! So it's December, and the holidays are upon us. Normally, we don't drag 9 foot tall pine trees into our living rooms - obviously our cats are pretty curious about this giant toy we've brought home for them! Clearly there's no way to tell them that it's NOT a cat toy and that, in fact, it is a traditional festive seasonal motif. So, the only thing to do is cat proof the hell out of it. Here are some do's and don'ts:
- Do wrap tinfoil around the trunk since they don't like the feeling on their nails.
- Don't put your tree up near a couch, table, or anything else cats can use to launch themselves into the tree.
- Do get a sturdy tree skirt to hide electrical cords (a.k.a., to your cat, yarn alternative!) If you're really worried, make sure to unplug the cords from the wall when not in use, or tape them down using duct tape.
- Don't put additives in the water to help the tree last longer. And make sure you keep the tree base covered so that pets aren't tempted to drink the tree water.
- Don't use tinsel - it can be fatal!
- Don't use real flames in candles. This is a huge fire hazard because cats look at them pretty much as a very interesting laser pointer.
- Do stay away from glass ornaments if possible. Cats (and kids!) can get hurt if they break or if they eat the broken pieces.
- Do put the more tempting ornaments higher on the tree so that they're less accessible to a curious furball.
- Do consider getting an artificial tree if you think your cat will be prone to eating the fallen needles (these can hurt the digestive tract).
- Do scatter citrus peels around the base of the tree (cats dislike citrus scents and it will act as a repellent).
- Do consider installing a hook into the ceiling and securing the top of the tree to the hook with a clear string such as fishing wire.
- This should be obvious, but don't use edible ornaments - especially chocolate!
If all else fails, just leave a cardboard box somewhere away from the tree. What cat has been known to resist an empty box? Problem solved.
Let us know in the comments if you have any tricks of your own!