Don’t Get Your Tinsel In A Tangle.
Chances are you have already put up your beautiful, magical tree. Big or small, short or tall, your cat may want to get his or her claws on it. We’re giving you the top tips to kitty-proof your tree and keep your fur babies safe this holiday season.
Keep Their Claws Off.
You may be asking yourself… “Why do I need to Cat-proof my tree?” That is actually a common question most fur parents ask this time of year. Apart from ruining the tree you took your precious time to set up for your family, Christmas trees can actually be dangerous for your cat should the correct preventions not be implemented. Some of the ways they can be dangerous are:
- Your feline companions can pull the tree down on top of them hurting themselves in the process
- They can ingest pine or fur needles or tinsel and ornaments causing damage to their internal organs or they can drink the water you use to keep your “real” tree alive for the season.
- Finally, the lights are attractive to your cat, however, they can get electrocuted if not properly plugged in or if they chew through them.
This all may sound scary but don’t you worry we’ll give you what you need to know. Keep reading!
Location Is Everything!
The tree is used as the centerpiece of the holidays in most households. However, if you have a furry friend to be on the lookout for, it’s important to find a location that has limited access to your cats. If it is possible, keep your tree in a room in which you can monitor your cat when you’re home or one that you can close off to your cat when you aren’t there to watch their little claws climb up it.
This will prevent your cat from its tree mystery and will stop your cat from having too much access to it when you are busy with your other holiday tasks. If you decide to put up a smaller tree this year, make sure that you keep it out of reach thus allowing your cat to not gain too much interest in it.
Oh, Smelly Cat!
A great way to deter your cat from any playtime with your towering tree of magic is to place smells that they aren’t too keen of on the tree itself. A great homemade way of doing this is to place treated pinecones at the base of your real tree. Treat them with apple cider vinegar and your cat will be sure to keep its claws to itself. Most cats loathe the smell of the above. Other scents to consider for your tree are orange and apple. Placing scented sticks or dried out peels can definitely help tone done the curiosity. Another great option is to keep them smelling something they love with our Calming Diffuser.
Ain’t No Decoration High Enough!
This is actually the easiest way of preventing any mishaps this holiday season. If you choose to have the tree in an accessible area for your furry companions a great way to keep them disinterested is to put your decorations up high enough out of their reach where they cannot jump on to. A great idea is to also securely attach any decorations using tree-safe wire so that they don’t fall or move if they somehow make their way up. You could also install your tree and wait to decorate until your cat realizes that they should focus on their Scratchy Ramp instead.
Shiny Is Pretty… But Can It Be Avoided?
We all love tinsel and lights and all things bright! However, if you can experts say to avoid eye-catching items to your tree if your feline isn’t used to it. Lights are like catnip to your baby, so avoiding the use or minimizing use will help! With tinsel not being toxic to your cat, it still can cause blockage or intestinal damage should they digest any. Some cat pawrents have chosen to use paper alternatives or ribbon to avoid particles falling from the tree.
Put Your Tree On A Diet!
Slimmer trees are all the rage this year. They save space and also provide a sense of relief for cat parents near and far. Known as pencil trees, you can discourage cats from wanting to climb your tree if there are fewer places for them to snoop
“Foil” their Plans!
By wrapping the bottom of your tree in foil, you can prevent any climbing from there on up. Cats dislike the feeling of foil on their tiny little paws, giving you a secret method of taming their curiosity.
The Purrfect Distractions!
If your fur baby is distracted by something more interesting they are less likely to pay attention to your family’s household holiday centerpiece. We have just the items for you!
Scratchy Ramp 2.0– This has become a key factor for pawrents looking to stop scratching or unwanted household behaviors. Made with a ridged polyester carpet and available at multiple angles, your baby will stay busy while you stay feeling festive.
Bouncy Fish Toy- They will go crazy for this one. Simply activate the Bouncy Fish Toy and watch it move across your floor. The gift that keeps on giving (to your sanity) the toy uses realistic wagging simulation, that looks real and is safe for your cats to chew or bite.
We hope you have learned a tip or two for ways to prevent any unwanted accidents this holiday season. When done correctly, it will be “Meowy” indeed! For tips and any additional questions, you can always check out our other blogs here!