Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but many people haven’t let that stop them from decorating their houses and apartments for Christmas already. If you are a cat-friendly household, you know that decorating for Christmas is equivalent to setting out new toys in your cat’s mind. The shiny ornaments and glittering lights are sure to catch any felines eyes, and your Christmas tree may as well double as a cat tree.
There is no need to be a Scrooge when it comes to decorating in fear of your cat making a mess. Try cat-proofing your holiday decorations instead to humbug your furry friends.
Tackle your tree first
Your Christmas tree can be an appealing mountain for your cat to climb, but there are ways to prevent the timber from falling. Make sure that no matter the tree you have, real or fake, it is securely anchored into a stand. In fact, an artificial tree is usually a safer bet when it comes to pets, as pine needles and base water can be toxic if ingested.
Try to avoid hanging ornaments on the bottom of the tree, as the dangling decorations can attract cats to it. Also, if your square footage allows it, choose a spot for your tree that is not near any collapsable furniture like bookcases or fragile decor.
Be mindful of your decorations
It is best to hang and place your decorations without your cat’s supervision. Interacting with your decorations in front of your cat may give it the wrong idea about their purpose. There are also several holiday decorations that can be harmful to pets. Tinsel, artificial snow, and mistletoe can be harmful if ingested. Glass decorations and ornaments can break easily if knocked over by your feline. Candles pose a fire risk in your home, pets or not, so if you are inclined to light some for that authentic Christmas cookie smell, be sure that they are out of reach and set away from the edge of your surfaces.
Watch out for wires
Cats, dogs, and rodents alike can be tempted to chew the wires of your Christmas lights and other decorations. When hanging lights on the tree, try to bury the lights deeper inside of the tree to hide the exposed wires. Chew-proof tubing can also be used to encase any wires that are on the ground or within reach of your pets. It is also good practice to remember to unplug your tree when you leave the house and move any decorations that your cat might get into while you are gone.
Taking these extra precautions to cat-proof your home is an easy way to ensure that your holidays are filled with more cheer and time with loved ones, and less time cleaning up a mess from your feline.