How to cat proof your Christmas tree and decorations

How to stop your cat climbing or attaching your Christmas tree and make you Christmas decoration safe

Christmas can be a scary time for pets, especially cats. Just as the frosty months close in and your cat wants to spend a more time sleeping quietly in front of the fire the normal routines in your home suddenly change with the putting up of decoration, the increase of guests and the family spending more time at home. This change in environment can affect your cats behaviour, often in a negatively was, which in turn can lead to stress for you. If you want to avoid any problems then we recommend a few simple cat proofing changes you can make to remove most of these problems so you and your cat can enjoy a stress free Christmas together.
Christmas lights
Fairy lights on the tree and anywhere in your home can pose danger to your unsuspecting cats. The soft insulation of power cords don’t offer any protection and if chewed on can cause electric shocks and burns in the mouth. Try to keep exposure of cords to a minimum by trailing them out of reach or leading them to a plug that is behind so furniture and check the cords occasionally for the signs of chewing. If you can’t hide the power cords it is possible to cover them with something tough like some plastic pipe. This can be split along its length and slipped over the cable. Find out more about Cat proofing electrical cords
Christmas holiday ornaments
If your cat starts taking an interest in your Christmas ornaments you will need to move these out of reach. They are often made of materials that can be easily ingested which can cause gastrointestinal problems.
Poisons plants such as Mistletoe and Holly
Often plants brought in to the home as decoration over Christmas can be dangerous to your cat, ranging from mild to severe toxicity. Its best to be safe and move these out of reach before you end up with an medical issue which can be hard to get treatment for over Christmas. Make sure falling berry’s and leaves are picked up.
Christmas tree installation
Christmas trees can be a real temptation for you cat to play with. Imagine having spent the summer months chasing birds in trees there is suddenly a tree in the front room covered in glittering objects. Make sure the tree is placed away from any object that can be climbed on to prevent you cat jumping into the tree. Always make sure the tree is firmly secured and can’t be knocked over in an attack. If your cat does shows more than a passing interest in your tree it may be worth placing it somewhere that’s’ hard to reach, for instance on a table so it’s above a level your cat would be interested in. If you cat develops the habit of climbing up the tree try covering the trunk in tin foil as this will deter your cat climbing up it.
Real trees
As well as the risk of knocking the tree over the real trees can also be dangerous to cats if digested. Fir tree oils can irritate to the mouth and stomach which can lead to excessive drooling or vomiting. The tree needles can also cause digested problems. Make sure the tree water is covered over as this can also dangerous as it may contain fertiliser and even aspirin used to keep the tree looking fresh.
Artificial trees
Plastic trees can also be dangerous if eaten due to the toxins released from the artificial material and the possibility of intestinal obstruction from non-digestible materials.
Tree Ornaments
Some ornaments can prove more interesting to cats then others and some pose more of a danger then other. Choosing the right mix tree decoration is important to satisfy your taste and keep ypor can safe.
Tinsel beads and ribbon and other items that hand down from the tree can be a problem if ingested causing intestinal blocks and these should be avoided if possible. Fragile object such as glass balls or wire objects should be avoided to prevent accidents. Artificial snow is also toxic. If your cat is new to Christmas it may be worth introducing the decoration in stages so you cat has time to adjust and don’t decorate the tree with your cat in the room as this is bound to spark its interest.

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