Every cat lover wants their feline to have a Merry Christmas, but in order for Christmas to be a blessed one for kitty, it must first and foremost be a safe one. Be sure to follow these safety steps this year.
Select the best spot to put up the tree. It is not a climbing toy for kitty. Be sure to secure it to the wall or ceiling, away from furniture which an inquiring, self-respecting feline will use as a launching point to leap aboard. Place the tree near an outlet as well.
Put down a handy, inexpensive tree bag and center the tree on the bag. When it’s time to take the tree down and all of the ornaments have been packed away, simply pull the bag over the tree. This method catches all of the pine needles so sweet kitty won’t chew on or swallow them.
Kittens especially adore climbing flashing trees. Kittens can get injured if the tree falls on them or if they bat around a broken bauble. A corner is the best location for your doubly secured tree. A transparent fish line tied to a hook on the ceiling will not even be noticed.
Electrical cords are a serious danger to cats—especially kittens. Cords can cause serious injury, electrocution or even death. Secure the cords by arranging them higher than the feline can reach or covering them with special encasements.
Change hooks with a loop of string tied in attractive knot. Ornaments frequently fall from the tree and cats may very easily catch their mouths on or even swallow them.
There is no impeccably cat-safe bulb because any ornament can be ingested and cause an intestinal obstruction. Feline “benign” bulbs would be comprised of plastic or wood. Glass bulbs on the lower limbs can be particularly dangerous. If broken, cats can step on them and cut their tiny feet or worse yet, mistake the bulbs for a ball and chew on and break them subsequent in mouth or throat trauma and bleeding
Giant colored velvet ribbons are a beautiful addition and may replace tinsel and garland that can be eaten by cats and get tied up in their intestine. Cats are especially attracted to the bright shiny tinsel. Ingestion of this material can lead to intestinal obstruction which may require surgery.
Cats are curious and love to explore and most don’t know that the presents are not meant to be opened before Christmas Day. Ornamental ribbons and string can be consumed, gifts can be ruined by a playful kitty cat. Thin about storing the presents in a safe area until right before Christmas Day or make sure your feline is always overseen while inspecting and probing for her/his distinct gift.
Sweep up every single pine needle. Ingestion of needles can cause gastric irritation and vomiting. Keep the tree well watered and only turn the gorgeous lights on when you are there to supervise. Risk of fire is ever present with a once-live tree. Do not permit your cat entree to the tree water to drink.
The safest thing to do is to let your cat admission to the tree only when controlled. Cats or kittens that constantly want to shake up the tree should be encouraged with positive reinforcement to just plain leave it alone. Bitter apple can be sprayed on lower branches for tenacious chewers.