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Holiday Decorating Tips for People Owned by Cats

Do you have a cat? Perhaps we should ask if a cat has you. Our feline overlords do have a way of wrapping us around their paws! After all, cats have pretty much trained us to feed, pet, and play with them on demand. As the holidays approach, you may find your kitty on full frisky settings! Here, a Bee Cave TX vet discusses decorating with Fluffy.

Tree

Climbing the holiday tree is an important kitty tradition! However, it’s definitely in your best interests to foil your frisky pet’s attempts. Choose a tree with a good sturdy base, and use fishing line to secure the top to the wall or ceiling. We also recommend putting just a few unbreakable ornaments on the bottom of the tree, and putting the fancier, fragile ornaments on the top. If you have a super-frisky cat, you may want to consider getting a fake tree this year, which will be harder for Fluffy to climb.

Plants

Many popular seasonal plants are toxic to our feline friends. If you decorate with poinsettias, mistletoe, or holly, be sure to place your plants where your cat can’t get to them. Or, better yet, use fake ones.

Decorations

Ribbons, tinsel, garlands, and lights all present serious choking and entanglement hazards to playful pets. Fluffy could also hurt herself by playing with ornament hooks, or by trying to eat or play with real or artificial pine needles. Keep anything that could be dangerous well out of paws’ reach.

Flames/Heaters

A pretty scented candle or potpourri burner may make a perfect holiday centerpiece, but be very careful with where you put them. Kitties and flames are a very dangerous mix! Keep candles and burners in thick candleholders, and put them in high, secure spots. Also, if you use a fireplace, be sure to put a protective grate over it.

Gift Wrapping

Don’t be surprised if Fluffy tries to lend a helping paw with wrapping gifts. Cats do try to help their humans on occasion. Just don’t let your kitty play with ribbons: they can be very dangerous! Also, remember to give your furball some of the empty boxes to play in once everyone has finished opening their gifts.

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Crystal Mountain Animal Hospital, your Bee Cave TX pet clinic. Please feel free to contact us anytime!

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