Christmas is an exciting time for cats! New guests and a strange tree inside! But Christmas also presents some significant dangers for cats! Linear foreign bodies (basically a string) present one of the biggest risks for cats. Think of all the strings involved with Christmas! Tinsel, bows, new toys, wires, etc!
Let’s break down some of the other hazards:
- Christmas trees themselves can be somewhat toxic for your cat. While your cat is unlikely to be majorly harmed from ingesting leaves from your tree it can irritate the mouth and stomach of some cats. If your cat is already immune compromised it can present a larger danger.
- Tinsel is a major issue we strongly urge any cat owner to simply not decorate with tinsel during the holiday season!
- The wires of Christmas lights can be very dangerous to cats. Many cats are attracted to the flashing lights of many Christmas trees and this can lead to them chomping on things they shouldn’t!
So what can you do? We have you covered! Here’s how you can Christmas proof your home this holiday season!
- Keep your tree as secure as possible. If your cat does decide to go climbing you don’t want the tree to fall on them. The best way to do this is to invest in a sturdy Christmas tree base.
- Secure your decorations on your tree as best as possible. Make sure your cat can’t know the decorations over and make sure nothing is dangling.
- If you must hang something that dangles, make sure to hang it as high up on the tree as possible.
- If your cat has presents that include catnip don’t place them under the tree! Your cat will smell your gifts and make a great deal of effort to get in there!
- Keep your cat out of the room where the tree is! We know this isn’t always possible but it is a foolproof way to keep your cat safe at Christmas!
Did we miss something? Tell us how you prepare for Christmas! Either comment below or contact us!