The Christmas season is a glorious time of the year, and as some may say, the most wonderful time. You decorate the home with lights, candles, and the perfect tree. It’s easy to be in a good mood after setting all of it up to relax and enjoy it. This mood can quickly be disturbed though, because now your cat is walking over to the tree to explore, and that spells trouble. Protecting your cat during this time is a difficult situation to navigate, as you want them to be as healthy as possible, yet they’re explorers by nature. Make sure you’re being smart with your Christmas tree this season.
Location Location Location
The first step with any Christmas tree is to actually pick a good one. You don’t want a situation where it’s constantly tipping over. For your cat, it’s important to consider where you’re placing the tree itself. It should typically be in a corner, or at least somewhere within the layout that’s secluded. The reason for this is due to how crafty cats can be. If the tree is near a coffee table or some other type of furniture, a cat can easily use that as a starting point to spring onto the tree.
Be Aware Of The Water Under The Tree
If you have a real tree, then you need to water the base to keep it healthy. Some people add chemicals to the water to keep the tree looking fresh, and that can be incredibly dangerous to a cat. The water at the base is harmful, and it’s imperative that you prevent your cat from the potential toxicity.
How To Approach The Lights
Whether you’re a white lights person or in favor of colored lights, they each look beautiful when placed on the tree. The trouble comes in when your cat starts messing with them. When you hang your lights on the tree, make sure there aren’t any strands dangling, as this will inevitably appeal to your cat. It’s also smart to coat the lights with a simple anti-chew spray, hopefully preventing your cat from playing with the fixtures.
Don’t Use Tinsel
Tinsel can be aesthetically pleasing, but it’s a pain to clean up and it can also be dangerous for your cat. If they happen to swallow a piece of fallen tinsel, it could potentially cause blockage in the intestines.
Contact The Catonsville Cat Clinic Today
For 20 years, the Catonsville Cat Clinic has been providing quality veterinary care to the cats of Catonsville and beyond! Dr. Pam Nesbitt, who purchased the practice in July of 2011, runs the Catonsville Cat Clinic with compassion in mind. A team of professionals with an advanced level of veterinary medicine is at your service to make sure your cat is healthy and happy. So stop on by; we’d love to get to know you and your cat!
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