How to Protect Your Christmas Tree from Your Cats
Holidays are a great time for family, friends, and pets. If you have a Christmas tree, you may wonder how to protect it from a potential feline attack.
Although you love your cat, holiday décor in the home can pose some problems. “Rest assured that if a cat can climb something, they probably will climb it,” according to the article, “How to Keep Your Cat Out of the Christmas Tree” at PreventiveVet.com. “And that includes your Christmas tree!”
While you don’t want your cat to destroy the tree, it’s also important to keep your cat safe.
You can actually try a smaller, slimmer tree. “They can be another option in keeping your cat at bay, because of lack of area to climb,” the article said.
Cat parents will also want to deter the cat from marking the Christmas tree, according to the article, “How to Cat-Proof Your Christmas Tree (Or At Least Try To)” at Pet Central.
The Pet Central article suggests the following safety measures to cat-proof your tree:
• Anchor the tree to the wall or ceiling so that it doesn’t fall over if your cat climbs it.
• Keep an eye on glass ornaments and sharp objects. If a cat gets hold of these, it can be dangerous.
• Electric cords are unsafe, so cover them to ensure your cat can’t chew on them.
• If you have a fresh tree, cover the basin under the tree because the water is often treated with chemicals and can be toxic to cats.
• Avoid tinsel as it can be a choking hazard.
• Try to separate your cat and the Christmas tree if possible.
There are ways to keep your cats safe and your Christmas tree looking wonderful by keeping close watch on both. Enjoy the holidays!
Gift Ideas for the Pet Who Has Everything
The holidays are here. So, what do you get the pet who has everything? Even if you spoil your dog or cat throughout the year, you still want to make their holiday special.
There’s a host of great gifts whether your home has dogs or cats or both.
The article, “The Best Dog Christmas Gifts to Give Your Pup This Year” at Pet Central has fun ideas for the dog in your life.
• Your dog will love it when meals are on time. Check out Arf Pets Automatic Feeder.
• Don’t keep the Christmas cookies all to yourself! Bake up some canine treats with Whisk & Wag Apple & Cinnamon Dog Treat Mix. Yum!
• A cute pair of PJs will help your dog get cozy and you can both sit around the fireplace. Frisco Snowy Nights Dog Cozy Fleece PJs are just what the dog ordered.
• The Wobble Wag Giggle Ball Squeaky Dog Toy is interactive and “makes attention-getting noises when moved or shaken and is a sure way to keep your dog busy whether they are playing with you or on their own,” the article said.
For that special feline in your life, the article, “Christmas Gifts for Cats: The Best Gift Ideas for an Un-fur-getable Holiday” suggests the following gifts:
• The SmartyKat Hot Pursuit Electronic Concealed Motion Cat Toy brings out the hunter in your cat during playtime.
• Cats can never get enough of a good scratching post. Check out the Frisco Cactus Cat Scratching Post.
• The Frisco Peek-a-Boo Cat Chute Cat Toy is for the cat who loves to explore enclosed areas.
• If your cat loves catnip, you can try the Yeowww! Catnip Yellow Banana Cat Toy.
Now you just have to decide. There’s so many options for pet gifts that you may just have to get them all.
If you have put a lot of thought into getting a Christmas puppy, remember that adopting is probably the best option. There’s tons of puppies available for adoption through various shelters and rescues. All it takes is a little research.
“When you adopt a pup for the holidays, you’ve not only made someone the happiest kid (or adult) in the world; you’ve also saved a life,” according to the article, “A puppy for Christmas,” at Best Friends Animal Society. “And there’s no greater gift than that.”
Before you adopt a new puppy, there are important things to take into consideration, according to the article, “Pets as Presents: A Good Idea?” at Petfinder.com. Is your family ready for a pet and the responsibility that comes with it? Some things to think about include:
• Ages of your children.
• Can you handle the costs, including adoption fee, vet care, food, etc.?
• Can you commit to the puppy for his lifetime, which can be up to 15 years.
• Learn about everything that caring for a puppy includes. “Don’t forget that an animal’s an animal,” the Petfinder article said. “That means cleaning up bathroom accidents and vomit, picked at furniture if you want a cat and dealing with other typical animal behaviors.”
The more you read, the more educated you’ll be and know what to expect.
Your local animal shelter is a great place to start. “According to the ASPCA, each year millions of dogs enter shelters, yet of the approximately 59 million owned dogs in this country, less than 20 percent are shelter adoptees,” the Petfinder article said. “By adopting at a shelter, you’re giving a homeless pet a new chance at life.”
What a great way to start the holiday by giving an animal a well-deserved loving home.