|HOLIDAY SEASON: BE CAREFUL!|
Your cat and holiday decorations: watch out, they're dangerous!
Holiday season has arrived, and many of us are decorating our homes. Our garlands, ornaments, Christmas tress, and other small decorations are attractive to our cats, and they are also dangerous!
● Some advice on how to protect your cat:
- Anchor your Christmas tree well so that it won't fall over when your cat tries to climb it.
- If you have a natural tree, make sure to cover the basin of earth or water that the tree is in because it could be poisonous to your cat. Also, sweep up fallen needles and twigs as often as possible.
- Never use artificial snow: your cat could be poisoned just by inhaling it.
- Hang your glass ornaments and other fragile decorations, and your tinsel and garland, out of your cat's reach: your cat could break the decorations and cut his or herself, or swallow them and choke to death.
- Never use food as a decoration, as it could make your cat sick.
- Be careful with strings of electric lights: cover the part of the cord that touches the ground, otherwise your cat might play with it and strangle his or herself. Your cat might also chew through the cord and electrocute his or herself. Ideally, try to hang strings of electric lights out of your cat's reach.
If you are having company, it might be a good idea to keep your cat in a closed room, where he or she can be calm and sheltered from all the comings and goings. By doing this, you will also prevent your cat from running out into the cold of winter undetected, and protect your cat from any visiting children who might be tempted to give him or her some food. Finally, this will also prevent your cat from playing with any ribbons attached to presents. Ribbons are not a safe toy for cats.
By following this simple advice, you can ensure that your cat will enjoy the magic of the holidays!