With all the new items that come with this time of year (a tree in the house, lots of decorations, shiny gifts, blinking lights, fine food, unfamiliar people), it's always a good idea to take some precautions in keeping your cats safe. Here are a few tips to help make this holiday season cat-friendly.
1. If your cat is tempted to climb the tree, discourage her from doing so; clapping your hands loudly or a small squirt from a water bottle works well to scare the cat away from the tree.
2. Ensure the base of the tree is as sturdy as possible, just in case your cat does decide to go climbing.
3. Do not allow your cat to play with decorations. Avoid using glass ornaments that can break. Do not use tinsel; it can pose a choking hazard and cause stomach problems.
4. Unplug the lights when you go to bed or leave the house to prevent electrocution, should your cat chew on the cord. Try to keep all cords out of reach.
5. If you have a real tree, cover up the base so your cat can’t drink the water, which can be toxic to cats.
6. Both real and plastic trees tend to shed their needles. Be sure to vacuum around the tree frequently to prevent your cat from eating the needles and getting them stuck in her pads.