There’s not much more exciting for a cat to see the annual Christmas tree being put up.
All those shiny objects to poke a paw at, not to mention the tree that just has to be (attempted to) climbed. But an Xmas tree and its decorations poses a significant hazard to cats, and all pets.
Whether it’s tinsel (dangerous), those sharp dangling decorations, or the materials and chemicals used on both artificial and real Christmas trees – this is a risky time of year for our cats and pets.
Keeping your cat in mind when shopping for an Xmas tree, as well as for decorations, will help you avoid the most risky aspects. Then, obviously supervision is the best barrier to prevent mishaps and accidents occurring while your tree is up in the house during the festive season.
The thing is: it’s not the tree itself that poses the biggest danger for pets – it’s the decorations.
Cats can’t help but be tempted to pounce on flashy, moving ball decorations and lights and this is when they can so easily be caught up in lighting, cut by sharp globes and decorations and alarmingly: strangled by chains or lights. Additionally, tinsel poses a great threat if swallowed and both cats and dogs need to be kept well away from tinsel.
So when decorating a Christmas tree with cats and other pets in the house, it just requires a little thought and planning for the consideration of their safety. You can also take steps to keep them away from the tree completely – while this is certainly easier to do for dogs than cats who will jump any low barrier, it’s not impossible to discourage your cats from going near the tree.