It’s Christmas time, and our pets are getting caught up in all the excitement! It’s easy to get lost in the flurry of activity and forget that when cats meet Christmas decorations, it doesn’t always end well. Here are a few tips for choosing claw-proof Christmas decorations so you and your cat can enjoy the festive season together.
Be careful with the tree
An intriguing toy to play with and explore! What cat wouldn’t love a cross between a huge litter box and a scratching post, all covered with glitter and dangling objects just waiting to be discovered? We’re sure your cat thinks having a tree is a fantastic idea—and if cats truly understood Christmas, they’d think the tree was a special present just for them. In reality, a Christmas tree can be a danger to your favourite pet, so it’s best to keep them away. Set it up in a spot that’s away from other furniture, shelves or objects that could help your cat jump onto its branches, and surround it with a decorative fence. Even if the tree is well protected, an adult cat can knock it down if they jump onto it. If you can, put the tree up against a wall so it’s more stable.
In addition, make sure pine needles don’t end up in your cats’ stomach by spraying the lower branches of the tree with something bitter-tasting (you can easily find substances like this in pet shops), and look out for the pine needles that can end up invading every corner of your house. Finally, put the tree in a room with a door to make sure your cat can’t get to it when you’re not there.
Keep the manger well guarded
Pay attention to Christmas fairy lights; don’t leave any cables hanging within reach of your furry friends. If you set up a nativity scene or have other decorative figurines in your home, make sure they’re big enough that your cat can’t swallow them by mistake. Also, bear in mind that any figurine that moves or lights up will attract your pet’s attention even more, so it’s probably best to avoid them. Steer clear of artificial snow; felines get excited by these little balls being picked up in the breeze, flying all over the house and gathering in every nook and cranny.
Finally, it’s also worth noting that some cats are attracted to moss and like to turn it into balls, which they then play with and eat. Most mosses aren’t toxic, but if your cat isn’t used to eating moss it can irritate their digestive system. What’s more, it may contain pesticides that could cause serious harm.
With a few basic precautions, you and your pets can safely enjoy the festive season together. Take our advice: try to put yourself in your cat’s shoes every time you put up a decoration, and look out for their reaction.