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Tips for Keeping Your Cat Out of the Christmas Tree

The holidays are officially upon us! It’s always nice to see the beautiful decorations people put up during this festive season. Of course, our feline friends are also very fond of Christmas trees! If you have a kitty, you may need to take some precautions to keep both your cat and your tree safe. Below, a Hendersonville, NC vet discusses keeping Fluffy out of the tree.

Picking The Tree

Fluffy’s inclination for climbing trees does make sense: after all, wild cats use trees for shelter, safety, vantage points, and manicure stations. Your furball may be quite thrilled to find a tree in her domain, and may try to scale it out of pure instinct. Consider getting an artificial tree: it will be harder for your kitty to climb.

Tree Base

Make sure that your tree has a solid, sturdy base. It’s extremely easy for Fluffy to knock over a wobbly tree! You can also secure the treetop to the wall with fishing line. It won’t show, but can help keep the tree standing.

Location

Choosing the right spot for your tree may be half the battle. We don’t recommend putting the tree near a desk, couch, or chair that Fluffy can conveniently use as a kitty launching pad. A corner is a good spot.

Ornament Placement

Cats can’t help batting at small objects: it’s in their nature. Putting ornaments on lower branches is more or less inviting Fluffy to play with the tree. Keep the majority of your decorations on the top half of the tree. Decorate the bottom part sparingly, and only with items that won’t break.

Dangers

Christmas trees can actually be quite dangerous to kitties. Ornament hooks are one serious hazard. Playful furballs can also choke on or get entangled in twine, ribbon, or strands of tinsel. Choose pet-safe ornaments.

Toys

Cats are notorious for refusing to obey their owners’ commands. They do, however, tend to respond quite well to bribery. Get Fluffy some fun new toys to bat under the couch, and spend time playing with her every day. This will hopefully tire your furball out, so she’ll be more interested in napping than in making mischief.

All of us here at Kanuga Animal Clinic, your local Hendersonville, NC veterinary hospital, want to wish you a wonderful holiday season. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

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