There’s no more denying it—the holiday season is upon us. If you celebrate Christmas, you may be putting up your tree soon! However, many of us know the unique challenges of living with both a cat and a Christmas tree. Cats are known for their curiosity and ability to climb anything they please. Thankfully, there are several ways to cat-proof your tree! This will ensure a safe and very merry Christmas for both you and your feline friend.
Many cats develop strange eating or chewing habits that can prove dangerous to both themselves and your tree. This may determine what type of tree you choose. Is your cat a chewer? If so, you may want to skip the live tree. Firs, spruces, and pines may look and smell beautiful in your home, but their various oils can be toxic to the curious chewer. These toxins may cause vomiting, gastrointestinal irritation, or damage to the internal organs. It may be better to opt for an artificial tree.
Of course, artificial trees are not entirely cat-proof. Most cats will still chew on plastic leaves as if they were real. This mainly becomes a problem when they swallow pieces of plastic, potentially creating an obstruction or blockage. Such blockages are most common in cats with pica, who regularly consume inedible objects. If your cat is a regular chewer or is known to have pica, you should block off your tree with a baby gate or pen.
Your Tree-mendous Climber
Everyone has seen videos of cats climbing or getting stuck in Christmas trees. While these may be cute, your cat can get themself hurt this way. They may fall, rip out a nail, or topple the tree. Blocking off the tree is the safest option, especially for wily cats or kittens. However, studies suggest that cats will avoid orange scents. Try using orange peels or sprays to deter your cat. If toppling is your main concern, anchor your tree to the ground with a heavy base.
Lit for the Holidays
Like moths drawn to flame, many cats are compelled by strings of lights. However, corded lights create an electric shock when chewed. Furthermore, the glass bulbs can be very sharp when broken. It is always best to keep lights and ornaments near the top of your tree. If you have made precautions for climbing, this should eliminate the issue.
At Claws N Paws Day Spa in Fountain Valley, California, your dog or cat can find professional grooming services in a comfortable environment. Right next door, let your cat stay a while in our cats-only boarding facility. We are currently open with certain provisions in place to protect our customers and staff from COVID-19. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 714-962-1005.