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
- 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
* * * * * * *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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