Tuesday, 28 April 2020

X is for Xmas

At Christmastime there are always lots of pictures on the internet of cats making a mess of trees and decorations - I know, I've posted some myself.

But cat owners should beware of all the trappings of the festive season. Here are some of the hazards:
  • Tinsel and decorations can be dangerous if swallowed
  • Curious cats trying to climb Christmas trees are at risk of injury
  • Snow globes can be extremely dangerous as they can contain antifreeze
  • Poinsettia and berries are among the festive plants which pose a risk
  • Some foods and alcohol are also poisonous to our feline friends
You can also 'cat-proof' your Christmas tree.
  • Secure your decorations to the tree as tightly as possible so that they are not easily knocked off with a cheeky tap of the paw
  • Invest in a good quality, heavy base which will prevent your Christmas tree from toppling over, or place weights to secure it at the bottom
  • Consider tethering your tree to the wall or ceiling
  • Hang decorations higher up the tree, out of the reach of playful paws
  • Do not place any presents for your cat containing catnip under the tree – it will only entice them in

In addition, you can set up a play area with some new, interesting items close to the tree to detract their attention.

If your cat is of a playful, mischievous nature then it is a good idea to consider shutting them out of the room in which the Christmas tree is in altogether when you are not around

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If you are a cat lover - especially a lover of the grumpier members of the species, this is the book for you. Written by Toffee who, despite her name, is the least sweet cat you can imagine. The world according to Toffee exists to serve her and woe betide anyone who forgets it. Paperback on left, Kindle version on right.


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  1. Thankfully we have 3 cats that like to inspect the tree but don’t climb it. Our one cat just loves sitting under it...that’s it. The other 2 we have to watch as me likes tinsel so I don’t hang the tinsel low and I do place ornaments at the bottom but ones that are ok to rub against or paw a bit. We also will close the door to the room when we leave

  2. Sad to say I didn't feel very festive last December, but we're lucky like Birgit. ~nods~ Good tips!

  3. I have been lucky that my cats don't mess with the tree.

  4. We have 3 small artificial trees that Lucy sleeps under and that's it! Now if we had a live or real tree she would be climbing it!

  5. I like the upside down tree solution, myself.


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